The Jockey Club has diligently investigated three trainers and discovered that they have violated racing statutes, rules, or regulations relating to prohibited or restricted drugs, medications or substances in a Thoroughbred. As such, these recently suspended trainers will have their privileges revoked for a certain period of time depending on the infraction. Essentially this means that they can not register foals or Thoroughbreds of any kind during their suspension.
All three cases are independent of one another. A full list of the rulings can be found at the Thoroughbred Ruling website.
The first of these suspended trainers is Jose S. Nunez, who was found to have violated racing regulations while operating at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on March 19th and March 26th, 2016. Nunez will be banned from the Jockey Club beginning January 1st, 2018 and will be eligible for reinstatement starting on the first day of 2028. His home track is listed as Delaware Racetrack.
A five year ban was handed down to Ricardo Murillo, a Charles Town trainer who abused the regulations on September 28th, 2016. His suspension will be effective from January 1st, 2018 through 2023.
The last of the recently announced suspended trainers is Mario Serey Jr, who has been denied privileges for two years and can return to action on January 1st, 2020. He was found to have violated rules and regulations in several instances. The first was at Parx Racing on April 3rd, 2016 and again on the weekend of December 5th, 2016. He was also found to have crossed the line at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course on November 23rd, 2016 and the weekend of December 2nd, 2016.
Serey Jr. is by far the most accomplished of the three suspended trainers having amassed over $10 million in career earnings. He is best known for training the mare Disco Chick who won the 2017 Regret recently.