By David Grening
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was suspended 15 days and fined $1,000 for the finding of the drug Flunixin, also known as Banamine, and an overage of Lasix in the body fluid of Saratoga Snacks, who finished last in a New York-bred allowance race Sept. 20 at Belmont Park, according to the New York State Gaming Commission.
Mott is appealing the suspension. Had he not appealed, the suspension would have been reduced to seven days.
Mott said he was appealing the penalties because the levels of the medications were at least 10 times the allowable levels permitted to be given, an indication that something may have been amiss with the test. Moreover, he said the Lasix is given on race day by a veterinarian who works for the New York Racing Association.
“They allow you to give 10 ccs of Lasix, and we only give three ccs, and I was standing there when the