By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE >> A horse trainer faces a one-year suspension and $6,000 in fines after two of his horses tested positive for drugs earlier this year at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that rulings recently posted on the New Mexico Racing Commission’s website show that Salvador Soto trained an 8-year-old sorrel quarterhorse named Whatever Bill who tested positive for multiple drugs after winning a race on Jan. 11.
Soto’s other horse had tested positive for a corticosteroid a week earlier. The horse, Hi Class Local, finished 10th in that race.
Both horses had to pass a commission-approved exam before returning to the racetrack.
Soto has received four violations in a one-year period. He has been suspended until June 27, 2016.