Indiana Trainer Sanctioned for 'Kentucky Red'

Prominent conditioner R. Gary Patrick will begin 90-day suspension Aug. 22.

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has reached a settlement with R. Gary Patrick in which the prominent Indiana Downs trainer will be suspended 90 days and fined after four of his horses tested positive last year for the prohibited adjunct bleeder medication carbazochrome. reported the suspension, which will begin Aug. 22. Also, Patrick will be fined $10,000.

"Having positives and coming up with these kinds of results is an affirmation that the process is working," Indiana Downs general manager Jon Schuster told the "We're finding people that aren't doing the right things or maybe they made a mistake; not that they were doing something wrong but the end result is the same."

The violations occurred in four horses saddled by Patrick between June 25 and July 10, 2012. The commission said three of those horses won their races and one placed second. The purse money will be forfeited.

Carbazochrome, also known as Kentucky Red, is an anti-bleeder medication that is prohibited in most states. Only Virginia, Maryland, and Louisiana allow the adjunct. The two mid-Atlantic states are scheduled to prohibit adjunct bleeder medications this year.

Patrick has started more horses than any other trainer at the current Indiana Downs meeting, where through June 13 he ranked second in wins and earnings.