Patrick Biancone Suspended In Kentucky Over Horse Drugging

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Thoroughbred trainer Patrick Biancone will serve a 15-day suspension next month after one of his horses was
found to have prohibited drugs in its system after a race.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority says "L'Aziza" tested positive for caffeine and theophylline after winning the fifth race on May third at Churchill Downs.

The authority says Biancone doesn't plan to appeal the suspension, which will be served September fifth to September 19th. The Courier-Journal reports that purse money from the race will be redistributed with Biancone's horse disqualified and placed last.

The authority says the investigation is ongoing. It has not disclosed the contents of a search of three of Biancone's barns at Keeneland Race Course after the race.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Aug 31, 2007 at 11:56 AM
    Let's not jump to conclusions. Maybe the horse just finished a cup of morning coffee. I know I don't function well without mine.
  • by Donna Location: Paris on Aug 31, 2007 at 09:31 AM
    anyone caught drugging a horse, especially to hype it up and make it run faster should never be allowed around these beautiful creatures again. You would like to think that people in the world of horse racing would care about these animals more than that. If the horse is not capable of running fast enough on its own thru the bloodlines that it has to win races, it should never be drugged to try and achieve winning. I am so glad for the people who do these drug tests on these horses and procecute the people involved. I just think the punishment should be much more severe that a fine or suspension from racing for 15 days. How about some good old jail time.


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