Preciado Horses Test Positive For Clenbuterol
Trainer Ramon Preciado has been on a 270-day suspension for medication violations from October and November, 2015. But he’s continued to train at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania while his case is under appeal. However, Preciado is facing additional sanctions for another pair of horses from his stable that tested positive for clenbuterol.
On July 3, a 6-year-old horse, Denzel finished second on an $8,000 claiming race at Parx Racing. Denzel was subsequently disqualified from purse money after testing positive for clenbuterol.
Now another horse trained by Preciado has tested positive for clenbuterol and disqualified by State Horse Racing Commission stewards following a race at Penn National.
Que Facil, first-place finisher of a $6,250 claiming race at Penn National on Aug. 25, tested positive for the bronchodilator listed as a Class 3 drug with a Class B penalty recommendation under Association of Racing Commissioners International guidelines. Preciado waived his right to test a split sample from Que Facil.
Stewards have not issued a ruling against Preciado, saying in the purse distribution ruling from Aug. 25 that stewards, investigators of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission and Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau “are continuing their investigation into this matter.”
This is Preciado’s second notification of a positive test in Pennsylvania for clenbuterol since the ejection in April and arrest in July of Marian Vega, a former employee of the stable who admitted giving the drug to horses because of her “hatred” for the trainer.
According to multiple sources, Preciado may have additional positive tests in recent months for the bronchodilator drug detected in horses under his care. Six additional horses that raced at Parx in March and April tested positive for clenbuterol while under Preciado’s care. And last year, Preciado was fined and suspended for two clenbuterol positives at Delaware Park
Parx officials ejected Preciado from the grounds earlier this year, but he has appealed both the 270-day suspension and ejection notice and received a stay of both orders.
Preciado was leading trainer at Parx Racing in 2014 and 2015. He is currently third in the trainer standings at the Bensalem, Pa., racetrack and casino.
But the mistreatment of horses and use of drugs needs to be addressed and treated more harshly, and perhaps the latest incidents will get Preciado removed from Parx and training for good.