Ness Serving 100-Day Suspension for Clenbuterol Positives: Daily Racing Form 2/22/17

By: Matt Hegarty Jamie Ness has reached a settlement with Florida regulators in which the trainer will serve a 100-day suspension stemming from multiple clenbuterol positives in 2012 while being able to transfer his horses to his wife and his assistant, the trainer confirmed Wednesday. Ness, who once ran one of the most prolific operations

Ritvo: Stronach Tracks Bar Vitali, Hunter From Entry Box: Paulick Report 9/20/16

By: Ray Paulick Trainer Marcus Vitali, currently serving a 120-day suspension for multiple medication violations in Florida, has been told by officials with The Stronach Group – owners of Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park and Pimlico in Maryland and Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California – that they will not take

Maryland Tracks Not Accepting Entries from Trainer Vitali: Daily Racing Form 4/30/16

By: Jim Dunleavy The Maryland Jockey Club is looking into pending medication violations against trainer Marcus Vitali in Florida, according to Sal Sinatra, president of the MJC. Vitali, the third-leading trainer at the Gulfstream Park winter meet, relocated his 35-horse stable to Laurel Park earlier this month. Vitali acknowledged Saturday that on his lawyer's advice,

Ziadie Granted Stay of Six-Year Suspension: Daily Racing Form 4/27/16

By: Matt Hegarty Trainer Kirk Ziadie has received a stay of a six-year suspension handed down in December by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, his attorney said on Wednesday. A Florida appellate court granted the stay on April 21, according to Brad Beilly, Ziadie’s attorney. The stay will likely remain in place until the

Trainer Contessa serving seven-day suspension:Daily Racing Form 2/8/16

By: David Grening Trainer Gary Contessa on Monday began serving a seven-day suspension for a drug violation incurred nearly two years ago at Tampa Bay Downs. The Contessa-trained Jeremy’s Song, who finished second in a maiden race March 8, 2014, was found to have had 2.3 nanograms of cocaine in his system, according to Contessa.

Ziadie Handed Six-Year Suspension: Daily Racing Form 12/16/15

By: Matt Hegarty Kirk Ziadie, a Florida-based trainer who led the Gulfstream Park spring meeting with 22 wins from 45 starts, has been suspended six years and fined $18,000 for what state regulators said were 18 violations of medication rules over the past four years, according to a copy of the ruling. Ziadie has not

ARCI Announces Members of Compliance Group: The Blood-Horse 9/29/15

By Blood-Horse Staff The Association of Racing Commissioners International Sept. 29 announced members of a committee that will work with regulators in each racing state to complete implementation of reforms that make up the National Uniform Medication Program. The 12 members of the ARCI Compliance Committee were invited by ARCI chairman Mark Lamberth, who has

Ziadie Fighting Denial of License in Florida: Paulick Report 9/20/15

By Ray Paulick Trainer Kirk Ziadie is fighting an Aug. 26 decision by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to deny his occupational license application because of what the regulatory agency said were three medication violations – two overages of phenylbutazone and one clenbuterol positive – earlier this year. Ziadie, who won at a 49