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Gill Horse Test Positive
Gill horse tests positive
By DAVID GRENING
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Tactical Side, a horse owned by Michael Gill and trained by John Robb, tested positive for a banned substance after finishing fourth in a claiming race at Belmont Park on June 28, according to New York racing officials.
The horse, a 6-year-old who was graded stakes placed last year, had been claimed by trainer Greg Martin, but has been returned to Robb as a result of the positive test, according to New York stewards.
Tactical Side tested positive for butorphanol, described by one steward as "an extremely potent painkiller." New York stewards are in the preliminary stages of their investigation and have not yet set a hearing date.
"We will make arrangements for a hearing at Saratoga in the near future," said David Hicks, the New York Racing Association steward.
Gill, the leading owner in the country this year in terms of wins (232) and money won ($5.12 million), has been the center of much controversy this year. Several jurisdictions, most notably New York and Delaware, have prohibited Gill's trainers from stabling on their grounds.
Butorphanol is an absolute no-no as far as positives are concerned. He can't use the enviormental contamination defense because it is synthetic. It would only be used on horses for one reason......to make them feel no pain so they can elevate their performance (Beyer).
Conspiracy theorists would say it is a perfect sabotage drug to induce a positive against an enemy.
I guess their was no sabotage or eviromental contamination issues. 45 days is a gift!
Robb to start 45-day suspension
By DAVID GRENING
Trainer John Robb will begin serving a 45-day suspension on Wednesday after one of his horses tested positive for a banned substance at Belmont Park in June, New York racing officials announced Monday.
Robb had been given a 60-day suspension by the New York Racing and Wagering Board, but the penalty was reduced after Robb waived his right of appeal. The suspension will last through Oct. 16.
Robb was suspended for the finding of the medication Butorphanol, a painkiller, in the post-race urine of Tactical Side, who finished fourth in the first race on June 28 at Belmont Park. Tactical Side is owned by Michael Gill, the leading owner in the country in wins and earnings.
Trainer Greg Martin claimed Tactical Side for $25,000 out of that race, but the positive test voided the claim.