Trainer Kellyn Gorder began a 60-day suspension Sunday, almost two years after the horse he trained tested positive for a prohibited substance at Churchill Downs.
The Daily Racing Form reports that Gorder began serving the suspension after a settlement was negotiated with stewards. Gorder was originally suspended 14 months after one of his horses tested positive for methamphetamine. Stewards also found a syringe in a related search.
According to the DRF, the Class A medication violation was reduced to a Class B violation in the settlement. The reduction was agreed to by the stewards after further testing of the sample determined that the methamphetamine was an ingredient of an over-the-counter medication, rather than a street form of the drug.
Gorder is required to divest himself of all his horses during the time of the suspension. The trainer told the Form that as of Monday morning, he had 18 horses in his barn. At the time of the suspension two years ago, Gorder said he had between 50 and 60 horses.
“It's definitely had a big effect on my business,” he said.
“I'm not happy to be sitting out 60 days, but I want to get this over with and start 2017 fresh.”
Read more in the Daily Racing Form
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