Southern California trainers Rene Amescua and Kevin Lewis were each fined $1,500 after horses in their care tested positive for scopolamine in 2005, although Santa Anita Park stewards stayed the penalties in each instance as part of a stipulated agreement with the California Horse Racing Board, the agency announced March 25.
Amescua saddled At a Boy Luther for a second-place finish in the fourth race at Hollywood Park on Dec. 1, 2005, prior to the horse testing positive for scopolamine, an anticholinergic drug that is also the toxic agent in the poisonous plant Jimson weed. It is a Class 3 violation.
Bless Idbyour Name, trained by Lewis, tested positive for the same substance following a first-place finish in the sixth race at Del Mar on Aug. 21, 2005.
The fines were stayed on the condition that the trainers have no additional Class 1, 2 or 3 violations for a one-year period. Stewards ordered a redistribution of purses in each of the affected races.
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