By: Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Marcial Navarro has been suspended a total of 60 days and trainer Bruno Tessore for 10 days for medication violations, according to rulings issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation earlier this week. The rulings became effective as of Nov. 11.
The rulings against Navarro, for 20 and 40 days apiece, were accompanied by fines totaling $7,500 and were for positive tests on two horses that raced this summer at Gulfstream Park – Dave Hoeght, who finished second in the third race July 31, and Jaiden’s Best, who won the third race May 18. According to the ruling, Dave Hoeght tested positive for a combination of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatories flunixin and phenylbutazone. The ruling stated that Jaiden’s Best tested postive for clenbuterol, a bronchodilator that also has muscle-building qualities, and methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant.
Tessore’s suspension, which was accompanied by a fine of $3,000, was for a positive test for methocarbamol from the horse Cowboy’s Princess, who won the first race July 21, the ruling said.
Two horses trained by Navarro, Dave Hoeght and first-time starter Dancing Gia, were scratched out of races on Wednesday’s program at Gulfstream Park West, and a third, Erich’s Talisman, was scratched from Thursday’s eighth event.