Vallejo Suspended 180 Days, Fined $5,000

State horse racing board sanctions Northern California trainer for Class 3 violation.

The California Horse Racing Board has suspended trainer Genaro Vallejo for 180 days and fined $5,000 after a horse under his care tested positive for the Class 3 medication Promazine, a metabolite of Acepromazine.

The suspension, as well as a one-year probation period, are the result of a stipulated agreement entered into between the regulatory board and Vallejo, who is based in Northern California. The CHRB said the positive test was taken from the horse Techwood, third-place finisher in the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields last Aug. 28.

With 60 days of the suspension stayed provided he have no other violations of the CHRB's rules for Class 1, 2, or 3 medications during his probationary period, Vallejo's suspension will run from Feb. 21-June 20.

Vallejo will also be suspended an additional 60 days, from June 21-Aug. 19 because the latest infraction represented a violation of a probationary period resulting from a Class 1 violation in 2012.

According to, Vallejo has had 10 medication violations since 2006, including five since 2013.

According to The Jockey Club Information Systems, Vallejo had 26 wins from 147 starts, with earnings of $379,200 in 2014. This year, he has been represented by one win from 10 starts.

Among the horses trained by Vallejo have been multiple grade III winner Autism Awareness and listed stakes winners Black Horse Money, Butterfly Soul, and Rule the Storm.