Veteran trainer Don Roberson has been suspended by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission pending a stewards hearing after a Delaware Park barn search found him to be in possession of “injectable medications, syringes, and needles.”
The search was conducted by racing commission inspectors July 13 and a ruling was posted four days later. Karen's Good Boy, entered to race for Roberson on July 13, was a steward's scratch that day. The colt raced yesterday in the name of trainer Jim Tracy at Penn National.
Roberson, who has run horses this year at Oaklawn Park, Prairie Meadows, Delaware Park, Colonial Downs, and Penn National, has won eight races from 94 starters in 2013, including the July 6 Jamestown Stakes at Colonial Downs with the 2-year-old Long on Value. He has a career record of 1,190 wins from 8,575 starts.
Roberson has at least seven medication violations from 2005-11, including three overages for Butazolidin and three methocarbomol positives in 2011. A 2012 Bute overage at the Alameda County Fair was dismissed with only a warning from California Horse Racing Board stewards because of no “similar violations during the last 365 days.”
During the suspension, Roberson is denied privileges of all grounds under jurisdiction of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.
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