Fines, Suspension After Positive Test in New York
Updated: Monday, June 21, 2004 1:16 PM
Posted: Monday, June 21, 2004 1:16 PM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has disciplined a trainer, assistant trainer, and veterinarian for two tranquilizers found in the system of Vagabond Saint following a second-place finish in the second race at Aqueduct April 14.
Trainer Billy Badgett was fined $3,000, and assistant Tracy Badgett, Billy's brother, was suspended for 20 days for the post-race sample from Vagabond Saint. The suspension was reduced from an original 45 days. Veterinarian Rodney Stewart was fined $2,500.
Vagabond Saint, who finished second in the race, was disqualified and placed last in the order of finish.
Investigators were told by Tracy Badgett the drugs were administered when a groom took out the wrong horse the day before the race and the drugs remained in the horse's system.
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