Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.
A quartet of Quarter Horse trainers in Louisiana are wanting at major suspensions after a rash of positive assessments for zilpaterol in January and February. Stewards’ rulings point out that trainers Lanny Don Keith, Manuel H Macias, Manuel Pizana, and Rosendo Valdez Jr. picked up a number of zilpaterol overages at Louisiana Downs.
All 4 trainers declined their correct to break up sample screening and a stewards’ hearing, and all rulings suggest the cases have been referred to the Louisiana Point out Racing Fee for even further action. Some of the circumstances could be taken up by the commission as early as its April 26 assembly.
Zilpaterol is a drug authorised by the Food items and Drug Administration for use in cattle heading to slaughter in order to improve physique extra fat and muscle mass. The material has been uncovered in some horse feed merchandise which are created in mills that also make feed for livestock.
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Keith’s positives arrived with Canaille in the fourth race (a maiden claimer) on Jan. 17, Tee Zo in the fifth race (an optional claimer) on Jan. 17, and Shiney Points in the initially race (a maiden claimer) on Jan. 19. He was given 3 6-thirty day period suspensions which are scheduled to run till Sept. 19, 2023.
Keith is a a number of graded stakes-winning trainer, having conditioned Tf Racee Runaway to acquire the Grade 1 Louisiana QHBA Futurity in 2016. He also experienced G2 winner Not Perry Rather and G3 winner Heading Noble. In 2019, he gained back-to-back education titles at Louisiana Downs.
Macias’ positives ended up with LD Winningwitheagles in the third race (a claimer) on Jan. 17, LD Andalay Tee Chic in the 1st race (a maiden claimer) on Jan. 18, and Jesstify Your Religion in the fourth race (a claimer) on Feb. 8. He faces suspension through Sept. 19, 2023.
Macias is a graded stakes-positioned trainer who was ranked 31st in the country by Quarter Horse wins final yr. So considerably in 2022, he has 10 winners from 38 starters for a get amount of 26 per cent.
Pizana experienced zilpaterol positives with LZ King of the Kings in the second race (a maiden) on Jan. 17, Five Photographs Afterwards in the fifth (an allowance) on Jan. 18, and TDZ Foose Convey in the 3rd (a claimer) on Feb. 1. He also experienced bute and banamine overages with Bellas Fantasy in the fifth race (an allowance) on Jan. 24, for which he was fined $500 for his initially Group 4 violation in a year. He was suspended by Sept. 19, 2023 on the zilpaterol positives.
Pizana is a numerous stakes-put trainer in his fourth season education. So far this yr, he has 13 winners from 42 starts off for a gain proportion of 31 %.
Valdez’ zilpaterol positives came with A Nother Zobilee in the sixth (an allowance) on Jan. 17, Del Quinto in the sixth (an allowance) on Jan. 18, Jess Sweet Adequate in the 2nd (an optional claimer) on Jan. 19, and G3 winner Dirtwater Dash in the sixth (an allowance) on Feb. 15. For four Class 2 violations in a yr, he was suspended by means of Sept. 20, 2024.
Valdez was just lately named top trainer at Evangeline Downs for its 2021 Quarter Horse Meet up with, with 38 wins from 71 commences and a 54% gain level. He is the coach of multiple G1 winner Blood Money, numerous graded stakes winner Apollitical B Snow, and other graded stakes winners. In 2021, he was 1st in the country by wins in Quarter Horse races and 3rd by earnings.
Valdez and Pizana experienced runners skilled for the G2 Mardi Gras Futurity on March 27. According to a stakes preview released by Louisiana Downs on March 22, people horses are no more time on the entry listing for the race.