Greely Fined for Use of Muscle Relaxant

Greely Fined for Use of Muscle Relaxant
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Beau Greely
Trainer Beau Greely received a suspended 30-day ban and a $3,000 fine for medication rule violations after a horse in his care was found to have raced with carisoprodol, a skeletal muscle relaxant.

The penalty came from Del Mar stewards as the result of a stipulated agreement between the trainer and  the California Horse Racing Board. The decision was announced in a statement released by the agency Aug. 1. Greely can avoid serving the 30-day suspension if he has no further Class 1, 2 or 3 violations for a one-year probationary period.

Greely's horse, Rather Be Lucky, won the third race at Santa Anita Jan. 21, but had already been disqualified from the victory in an earlier ruling by stewards, who ordered a redistribution of the purse.

Post-race samples tested by the Ken Maddy Laboratory at the University of California-Davis, identified hydroxy-carisoprodol and meprobomate, a pharmacologically active metabolite of carisoprodol with anxiolytic and sedative properties. It is a Class 2 violation.

Stewards also disposed of a guanabenz case involving two horses trained by Cody Autrey during last year's Del Mar meet, disqualifying the horses and ordering a redistribution of the purse. Autrey served a seven-day suspension and was fined $12,500 last month.

Peace Pledge finished third in the sixth race at Del Mar on July 18, 2007. Dunmore finished fifth in the second race at Del Mar on July 22, 2007. Urine samples tested at the Maddy Lab were positive for guanabenz, which is used to treat hypertension in people and is part of a family of drugs that produces tranquilizer or  analgesic effects in horses. These were Class 2 violations.

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