Trainer Jamey Thomas was fined $7,500 and suspended for 15 days by Golden Gate Fields stewards after two horses in his care were found to have exceeded allowable limits for total carbon dioxide. His fine has been stayed in an agreement with the California Horse Racing Board.
Thomas must avoid any further Class 1, 2 or 3 violations for a one-year period, according to the agreement. Exceeding the TCO2 regulatory threshold of 37.0 mml/l is a Class 3 violation.
Vilamoura, who finished sixth in the sixth race at Golden Gate on Aug. 26, 2006, and At A Boy Luther, third-place finisher in the sixth race at the same track the following day, were both found to have exceeded the TCO2 level. Stewards ordered a redistribution of purses.