The California Horse Racing Board entered into a stipulated agreement with trainer Doug O’Neill, who agreed to pay a fine of $7,500 and to serve a 30-day suspension, which shall be stayed pending a one-year probation.
According to a CHRB release, the agreement stems from a Jan. 17 race at Santa Anita when the O’Neill-trained Chicks Rule exceeded the regulatory threshold of 37.0mml/l for total carbon dioxide (TCO2). This is a Class 3 violation.
Chicks Rule finished first in the third race. The stewards at Santa Anita previously issued a ruling disqualifying Chicks Rule and redistributing the purse. The suspension is stayed provided O’Neill has no additional Class 1, 2, or 3 violations for one year.
In other news, the stewards at Santa Anita Park issued a ruling disqualifying Scat Thief and redistributing the purse for the seventh race at Del Mar Aug. 3 after the Ken Maddy Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, reported that a sample taken from Scat Thief exceeded the regulatory threshold for procaine. The violation was confirmed by Truesdail Laboratories.
Procaine is a local anesthetic and is found in procaine penicillin G, a commonly administered antibiotic. For this reason, procaine is a Class 3 violation rather than a Class 2 violation, as are most other anesthetics. Scat Thief finished third in the Del Mar race. The case against trainer Mike Mitchell is pending.