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Sunday, February 3
Guanabenz suspensions for New York trainers and vet




JAMAICA, N.Y. -- On Sunday, trainers Ben Perkins Jr. and Michael Daggett, and veterinarian William Isomoto, were served suspensions by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for post-race positives for Guanabenz, an anti-hypertension agent.

By waiving their right to appeal, Perkins and Daggett each will serve 30-day suspensions, instead of 45 days. Both trainers also were fined $1,000 apiece.

Isomoto was slapped with a 180-day suspension for treating the horses trained by Perkins and Daggett, Exasparate and Mercy Be, with Guanabenz. Both horses tested positive for the medication after running in races at Belmont Park last summer. Exasparate won his race and Mercy Be was third. Both horses were disqualified from purse money.

Another horse treated by Isomoto, Arcadia Street, was disqualified from second and unplaced for testing positive for Guanabenz after a race last June. A ruling against Roy Sedlacek, Arcadia Street's trainer, is expected by the end of the week.

Guanabenz has been categorized by the Racing Commissioners International as a Class 3 medication.

Daggett's 30-day suspension begins on Monday and Perkins will start serving his 30 days on Tuesday.

Daggett, Perkins, and Isomoto will be denied privileges to the grounds of New York Racing Association tracks while under suspension.

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