Following a race at Tampa Bay Downs in February, the horse known as Minecraft tested positive for traces of cocaine.
A complaint was filed after the race, placing the scope of the blame squarely on trainer Jorge Navarro.
Well-known in the Monmouth Park area of New Jersey, Navarro holds the record for wins at the Monmouth Park track with 56, a record he set in September.
Such a violation carries weight not just in Florida, but in his home state of New Jersey as well. The New Jersey Racing Commission’s ground rules state:
“No person or horse ruled off or under suspension by any recognized turf authority, any licensing body in any country or any horse franchise holder, shall be admitted to the grounds of any franchise holder.”
A potential suspension handed down to Navarro would make any of his horses ineligible to compete.
Following the win a handful of months ago, the Panamanian Navarro said “I’m so proud of this accomplishment. I couldn’t be more thankful to the owners that have given me the opportunity to train their horses. My entire crew works very hard and we will enjoy this moment for a long time to come.”
Earlier this week, Navarro mentioned that his training team were all tested for the stimulant and none tested positive, leaving him dumbfounded with his horse’s positive screening.
“I don’t do cocaine, my horses don’t go out and party, so why would cocaine show up in my horses?” Navarro relayed to Daily Racing Form, who originally reported the story. “This is nuts.”
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