New Mexico Commission Hands Down Four Suspensions

Paul Jones among the four trainers suspended.

June 29, 2013

New Mexico

According to an article posted by SureBet Racing News, the New Mexico Racing Commission has handed down suspensions to four trainers, including leading conditioner Paul Jones.

Jones was given a 60-day suspension and $1,500 fine because his trainee Jess Hi Maintenance tested positive for a small amount of Zilpaterol after a race on July 8, 2011, at Ruidoso Downs. Zilpaterol is a prohibited substance that is commonly used as a cattle feed supplement.

The ownership group of Jess Hi Maintenance includes R.D. Hubbard, majority owner of Ruidoso Downs, and Johnny Cope, the husband of then-chairwoman of the New Mexico Racing Commission Marty Cope.

Jones’ attorney Billy Blackburn noted that the trainer has never had a positive test for a banned substance in 23 years of training with more than 18,000 starters.

Trainers Fred Danley, Chris Hartman and Alonso Orozco were also given suspensions for excessive amounts of Clenbuterol. Orozco was the trainer of Cartel Quick, who won this year’s Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on June 9 and died the day after the race . An investigation into that race and the horse’s death is ongoing.

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