Trainer Nick Zito, who will begin serving a 15-day suspension for a clenbuterol positive on March 11, told the Daily Racing Form on Tuesday that he still could not explain how the positive test occurred, and indicated that it may have been due to a mix-up at his barn.
The suspension is a result of a positive test result for the bronchial dilator that occurred on Feb. 24, 2012, when one of the horses in his care, Alvito, won the fifth race at Aqueduct. At the time, Zito was in Florida with the bulk of his string.
Zito told the DRF that his assistant trainer, Ricardo Troncozo, said that Alvito had not been treated with clenbuterol, although another horse in the barn had been.
“Ricardo swore up and down that he has no idea how that occurred,” Zito said. “Under the rules, I'm the absolute insurer, and so I thought it was best to accept it.”
“We've operated our whole lives the right way,” Zito said. “We're proud of what we do. And we are fans of the rules. The rules protect me.”
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