NY Racing Board Suspends, Fines 16 Trainers
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has issued fines and suspensions to 16 individuals who were found to be responsible for Oxymetazoline violations at Yonkers Raceway, Monticello Raceway and Saratoga Gaming and Raceway. One trainerís punishment is still under review by the Board.
Between March 21 and April 1, 2011 at the three tracks, 28 horses tested positive for the topical nasal decongestant in violation of Racing and Wagering Board rule 4120.2 (h), which prohibits drugs (with some exceptions) from being administered to a horse within one week of race time. Oxymetazoline, a component of Afrin, is a bronchial dilator that opens airways and allows the horse to breathe easier.