Multiple graded stakes winner Daisy Devine has been disqualified from her second-place finish in the G1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland April 13 after she tested positive for clenbuterol, it was reported in the Daily Racing Form.
As a result, James M. and Debbie Miller, the owners of the 5-year-old mare, will not receive the $60,000 share of the purse; it will instead go to the connections of Samitar, who finished third.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has suspended trainer Andrew McKeever for 15 days and fined him $500. McKeever, who will not appeal his suspension, told the Form, “I accept the penalties under the trainer-responsibility rule and I thank the Millers for their support.”
McKeever added, “Having said that, I must make it known that neither I nor my staff nor any veterinarians administer clenbuterol to any of our horses in Kentucky. Since this positive came to our attention, we have installed a security system in my barn whereby all horses can be monitored at all times.”
McKeever's suspension will begin July 15. During that time, horses will run under his assistant trainer, Brian Murphy's name.
Daisy Devine tested positive for 47 picograms of clenbuterol; the allowed threshold in Kentucky is 25 picograms per milliliter in blood plasma.
Read more in the Daily Racing Form
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