Diodoro Given 60-Day Suspension For Hydroxylidocaine; Stewards Stay Penalty For One Year

Trainer Robertino Diodoro has been suspended 60 days and fined $5,000 to for two hydroylidocaine positives in runners at Canterbury Park, but he won’t be serving those days immediately. A ruling from the Minnesota Racing Commission’s board of stewards last week indicated the officials ordered a stay of the suspension for 365 days due to unspecified “mitigating factors.”

The stay means that Diodoro will not serve the 60 days unless he has Class 1, Class 2, Category A or Category B medication violations in the 365 days following Dec. 1 of this year.

Minnesota Racing Commission executive director Steve May was unable, per Minnesota law, to offer comment on what mitigating factors prompted the stewards to stay the suspension.

Hey Kitten, the runner-up in the third race on Aug. 26 at Canterbury, tested above the legal threshold for 3-hydroxylidocaine, as did Catty Krys, sixth place finisher in Canterbury’s fifth race Sept. 1. Both horses have been disqualified and are unplaced in those races. Split samples requested by Diodoro confirmed the positives.

Because the second violation happened before Diodoro could be notified of the first, the stewards also elected to treat both violations as one, which is common practice.

Published at Tue, 08 Dec 2020 21:14:28 +0000

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