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Update: May 17, 2022 at 7:04 pm
Via TD Thornton
Coach Brad Cox was suspended for 10 days and fined $500 by Churchill Downs managers for excessive use of phenylbutazone discovered in 2021 GII runner-up Stephen Foster S.
According to the May 15 ruling and posted to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) website on Tuesday, a Class C positivity was present during MGSW Warrior’s Charge post-race testing (Munnings) at 2.51 micrograms/ml of blood when he finished second 7-1 in last year’s issue of Foster.
Cox’s suspension will run from May 23 to June 1. Warrior’s Charge has been eliminated and wallet funds will be redistributed.
TDN phoned Cox to ask his opinion on the story and ask if he was compelling. He replied via text message.
“We were absolutely shocked with the results of this experiment,” Cox wrote. “The fact is that this drug has been used according to the strict guidelines set forth. Having said that, while we disagree with the outcome, I have to own it and take responsibility. Going forward, I’m committed to implementing industry leading protocols, hopefully being able to prevent this from happening again. ”
Asked what arrangements, if any, were being made to transfer his horses during the suspension, Cox wrote, “No transfers at this time.”
Phenylbutazone, also known as Bute, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Kentucky’s racing rules allow it on race day at concentrations at or below three-tenths (0.3) micrograms per milliliter.
According to the ruling, Cox waives the right to a formal hearing of the horse’s handlers and owners, Marshall Gramm and Sol Kumin.
The KHRC classifies drugs on a scale from A (most severe) to D (least severe).
Both owner and trainer penalties are consistent with Kentucky’s recommended sanction guidelines for Class C first offenses, which require a suspension of up to 10 days (absence extenuating circumstances). to the trainer and disqualify and expropriate the owner.
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