Bill Mott trainee Saratoga Snacks ran last in the fourth race at Belmont Park on Sept. 20, 2014. A post-race test revealed that the horse had higher than the permitted amount of Flunixin (bute) in his system. The trainer has been fighting the 15-day suspension and $1,000 fine associated with that positive test ever since, because the New York Gaming Commission did not provide a split sample; Mott believes this is a violation of due process.
According to drf.com, the hearing officer and the commission made the decision to uphold those two penalties at its meeting on Monday, arguing that the ability to have a split sample tested is not a right. Instead, the commission suggested that it could only offer a split sample if there was enough blood remaining from the original sample.
“It's like they had their minds made up before we ever had a hearing, that's the way it seems to me,” Mott said. “The hearing officer was in the same room, he heard the same stuff that we did, it seemed like it had no impact on him.”
In a program that began last fall, which is largely funded by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, horsemen in New York are now guaranteed to have a split sample available to them.
Read more at drf.com.
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