After a series of drug overages, trainer Rudy Rodriguez is once again under scrutiny by officials.
On Tuesday, the New York Racing Association says Rodriguez worked Belmont Stakes contender Vyjack six furlongs in 1:12.11. The trouble is that a clocker says he never saw the horse go by.
After an investigation, NYRA officially gave the horse credit for the work, which was reportedly in company. The New York State Gaming Commission is still investigating, spokesman Lee Park told the New York Daily News.
Rodriguez received a week-long suspension and fine in 2007 for hiding a workout at Aqueduct by Wild Desert, who was under the care of Rick Dutrow at the time. Rodriguez says he was just following orders on that occasion.
Vyjack is scheduled to have his final workout early this week depending on the weather, according to Daily News writer Jerry Bossert.
“It was a miscommunication,” Rodriguez said. “I tried to call him [the clocker]. Everything is good. We never got together; I don't know.”
Read more at the New York Daily News
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