Trainer Steve Knapp has been fined $1,500 by California Horse Racing Board stewards for a phenylbutazone positive in the horse Emtech following a second-place finish in an Aug. 25 starter allowance race at Del Mar.
Emtech, claimed by Knapp and owner Steven Zolotas for $25,000 in his previous outing at Del Mar Aug. 8, suffered a catastrophic injury and was euthanized in his third start for his new connections at Santa Anita on Sept. 28. Before that, the 3-year-old by Concord Point won a Sept. 14 starter allowance race at Los Alamitos.
Phenylbutazone, commonly called Bute, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and classified as a Class IV therapeutic drug by the CHRB. Earlier this year, in the wake of a spike in racing and training fatalities at Santa Anita, the regulatory board adopted new rules that eliminated a threshold level for anti-inflammatories. The amount of Bute detected in Emtech was 430 nanograms, according to CHRB spokesman Mike Marten. Prior to elimination of the threshold, Marten said, the authorized level was 2,000 nanograms.
According to the ruling, this is Knapp's second offense in the last 365 days.
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