Trainer Shug McGaughey
Hall of Fame trainer Claude “Shug” McGaughey III will serve a 15-day suspension for an acepromazine positive in his trainee Smokin T, who finished second in the $200,000 Audubon S. at Churchill Downs on June 4. McGaughey was also fined $500.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission published the ruling on Nov. 20, 2022.
Smokin T tested positive for a metabolite of acepromazine: 61.2 ng/ml of 2-(1-hydroxyethyl) promazine sulfoxide. The positive was received from the University of Kentucky Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, and confirmed by Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.
KHRC stewards issued McGaughey at 30-day suspension, but 15 of the days were stayed due to mitigating circumstances (number of violations in relation to overall record), pending the trainer does not trigger an additional Class A or B drug ruling against him within one year from the date of the ruling. As a result, McGaughey’s suspension will run from Dec. 5 through Dec. 19, inclusive.
Smokin T was disqualified, and purse money ordered redistributed.
Find the full text of the KHRC ruling here.
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