Rudy Rodriguez, trainer of undefeated Kentucky Derby contender Vyjack, will begin serving a 20-day suspension March 16 for two medication positives. The New York State Gaming Commission also fined Rodriguez $7,500.
The suspension and fine are a result of two of his horses, Heiden and Alston Gunther, testing positive for Flunixin in 2012. The drug, also known as Banamine, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory.
According to a report in the Blood-Horse, Rodriguez originally received a 40-day suspension, but half of those days were stayed by the Gaming Commission, provided Rodriguez get no further drug positives in New York for the next year.
Rodriguez's suspension runs through April 4.Entries for the April 6 Wood Memorial are taken April 3; Rodriguez will be allowed to enter Vyjack in that race under his name, according to NYRA stakes coordinator, Andrew Byrnes.
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