The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission has upheld a stewards ruling against trainer Larry Jones involving a test for a higher than permitted level of the bronchodilator Clenbuterol in Two Bucks Stable's Stones River, who won a June 8 allowance race at Delaware Park.
The stewards have suspended Jones seven days, fined him $500 and ordered the purse money won by Stones River to be redistributed. The ruling was the first of any kind against Jones, who has trained horses for 25 years.
The hearing was conducted on Monday, and both Jones and Two Bucks owner Jim Squires appeared. Jones was represented by attorney Brent Caldwell, according to John Wayne, executive director of the commission. “The commissioners were very impressed and complimentary of Caldwell's defense,” Wayne said. Nevertheless, the five commissioners voted unanimously in public deliberations to uphold the ruling, which was more lenient than the guidelines established by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Those guidelines call for a suspension of 60 days to six months and up to a $1,500 fine. Clenbuterol is classified as a Class 3 drug by RCI.
“The commissioners felt that the stewards' ruling fit the criteria as a first-time offense ever for Mr. Jones,” Wayne said.
Wayne said the final decision and order prepared by the commission's deputy attorney general will be forthcoming. “At that point,” he said, “Mr. Jones has the option to appeal the commission's decision to Superior Court if he so desires.”
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