Zito Suspended, Fined For Medication Positive

Nick Zito, who has trained a pair of Kentucky Derby winners, was suspended for 15 days and fined $1,000 by the New York Racing Association on Thursday after a banned substance was found in one of his horses.

Zito appealed the penalties, meaning they do not immediately take effect. Lidocaine, a prohibited local anesthetic, was found in the post-race urine of Mark's Miner, who finished second in the second race at Saratoga last Aug. 2.

Zito trained Derby winners Strike the Gold in 1991 and Go for Gin in 1994.

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