O’Brien Fined by NY Gaming Commission: Thoroughbred Daily News

By: Brian DiDonato

The New York Gaming Commission has fined top Irish-based conditioner Aidan O’Brien $1500 after his assistant trainer T. J. Comerford was found to be in the possession of injectable electrolytes at Belmont Park, Daily Racing Formfirst reported.

ruling issued Sunday by the NYSGC read: “Mr. Aiden (sic) P. O’Brien is hereby fined $1500.00 for having 3 sealed 500ml bottles of Duphaylyte (sic) Solution for injection, containing vitamins, amino acids, electrolytes and glucose under his care custody and control. This in violation of New York State Gaming Commission rule 9 NYCRR 4012.1 (A)(1).”

The rule cited prohibits anyone other than veterinarians to be in possession of any container designed to be used with a hypodermic needle. According to DRF, no actual needles were found. Duphalyte Solution is not a banned or illegal substance.

O’Brien ran three horses on Belmont’s Stars and Stripes card Saturday: Homesman (War Front) and Whitecliffsofdover (War Front) were third and seventh respectively in the GI Belmont Derby Invitational S., while Key To My Heart (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) was last of 11 in the GI Belmont Oaks Invitational S.