Stewards at Delta Downs have issued six-month suspensions to two Quarter Horse trainers after their horses tested positive for the painkiller dermorphin and have referred the cases to the Louisiana Racing Commission “for further action,” according to a listing of online rulings.
The suspensions to Gonzalo Gonzales and Alonzo Loya were both levied by the Delta stewards on June 20, according to the rulings. Stewards in Louisiana are prohibited from issuing suspensions longer than six months, but the Louisiana Racing Commission can levy a suspension for up to three years based on the guidelines for the class of drug that Dermorphin falls under.
Gonzales and Loya are the second and third trainers to be issued penalties by the Delta stewards for dermorphin positives in the past week.
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