Hearing Officer Recommends 30-Day Suspension For Asmussen Over 2018 Ace Positives – Horse Racing News


Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen

Two Steve Asmussen trainees tested positive for metabolites of the sedative Acepromazine back in 2018: Thousand Percent after winning the second race at Churchill Downs on June 28, and Boldor after winning the sixth race at Keeneland on Oct. 25.

In late 2019, following a formal hearing before the stewards, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission issued a 30-day suspension and total $3,500 fine. An additional 30 days were stayed due to mitigating circumstances (number of violations due to overall record), pending no further violations for 365 days. Asmussen subsequently appealed.

According to bloodhorse.com, a hearing was conducted in August 2021 by hearing officer Jim Howard, but he left the Public Protection Cabinet before making his recommendation.

Hearing officer Eden Davis Stephens succeeded Howard, and based on the existing record she has recommended a 30-day suspension for Asmussen.

The KHRC is considering Stephens’ recommendation, but is not bound by the terms.

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

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