According to a story in The Guardian, the horse Walk In The Sun, trained at the time by Jeremy Noseda, tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine in February after winning a race at Lingfield.
The Guardian confirmed as fact the post-race result on the unbeaten 3-year-old after rumors had been swirling around Newmarket about it.
Noseda is expected to face punishment, and it wouldn't be the first time. Two years ago, he was fined for a finding of temazepam in a sample that also included a metabolite of cocaine, the source of that being unexplained.
The owners of Walk In The Sun, Phoenix Thoroughbreds, removed their horses from Noseda's barn last month. Phoenix also owns Gronkowski, who's now trained by Chad Brown and who finished second in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
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