12/31/2015 3:01PM

Yakteen fined and suspended for acepromazine overage

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Trainer Tim Yakteen has been fined $3,000 and suspended seven days after one of his runners tested in excess of the permitted level of the tranquilizer acepromazine in a stakes at Del Mar last summer, according to a ruling issued Thursday by Santa Anita stewards.

Yakteen said on Thursday afternoon that he does not plan to appeal the penalties.

Yakteen’s suspension runs from Jan. 11-17, during which he cannot enter or run horses and cannot be present at his stable.

The overage was found in a post-race urine test taken from Big Book after she won the $192,000 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar on July 25. Big Book earned $110,000 for winning the seven-furlong race for 3-year-old California-bred fillies, but the prize was ordered redistributed to the second- through sixth-place finishers by the California Horse Racing Board in late September.

Big Book races for breeder George Krikorian, a member of the racing board.

Yakteen, 51, wrote in a text message in late September that he did not recollect administering acepromazine to Big Book. In the message, Yakteen wrote: “I respect and understand the CHRB policy regarding automatic disqualification for the substance. In the future, we will tighten our procedure.”
 

Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Another joke of a penalty. How much money was lost by bettors when this drugged horse won the race? The integrity of horse racing is very much in question and this is how CA racing responds? Penalties should be as follows: First time offense for ANY drug - 6 months. Second offense - 1 year. Third offense - lifetime ban. Time to clean up this dying sport!
Walter More than 1 year ago
What about all the winnings from bets? I wish those could be re distributed
Kenny Black More than 1 year ago
BOY THATS A TOUGH PILL TO SWALLOW ,THE TRAINER RESPONSIBILITY RULE IS A NECESSARY EVIL KUDOS TO TIM FOR ACCEPTING HIS PENALTY WITH CLASS ,CAUSE THAT IS SOMETHING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ANY ONE OF US AT ANY TIME REAL EASY,ITS TO BAD IT HAD TO HAPPEN IN THAT RACE TO THAT FILLY FOR TIM AND GEORGE ,OBVIOUSLY IT WASNT AN ATTEMP TO TRY AND CHEAT TO WIN !!!!