Drysdale Suspended, Flying Dash DQ'd from Hawthorne Derby
Date Posted: 6/16/2002 10:47:00 AM
Last Updated: 6/17/2002 4:19:41 PM

Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale was suspended by Illinois stewards and Flying Dash disqualified from his win in the May 11 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) after a sample from Flying Dash tested positive for clenbuterol and promazine sulfoxide.

Stewards suspended Drysdale for 45 days beginning June 18. The conditioner also faces a $2,500 fine. Drysdale's attorney said he would appeal.

Clenbuterol, a breathing medication, and promazine sulfoxide, a tranquilizer, are not allowed on racing days in Illinois.

With Flying Dash's disqualification, second-place finisher Scooter Roach has been awarded first in the $250,000 race. The Hawthorne Derby marks the first stakes victory for Lizabeth Gore's Scooter Roach, a 3-year-old son of Mi Cielo who entered the Hawthorne Derby following two straight wins in Sportsman's Park allowance races. Quest Star has been moved up to second and Colorful Tour third.

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