By Dick Downey
In a ruling published Monday, Nick Zito has been suspended for 15 days, effective Monday, for a medicaiton violation that occurred on Feb. 24, 2014. It won't affect his plans to run Eton Blue in the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby this Saturday.
The ruling from the New York State Gaiming Commision says, in beginning comments, "You are hereby suspended 30 days, having waived your right of appeal this suspension is reduced to 15 days March 11, 2013 through March 25, 2015 (sic) inclusive and fined $1000.00."
The prohibited drug Clenbuterol was found in the post race samples of Alvito, who finished first for Zito in the fifth race at Aqueduct on Feb. 24, 2012.
"This drug was administered in violation of New York State Gaming Commission rule 4043.2 and 4043.4," the ruling says. "Alvito is hereby disqualified and unplaced in the order of finish."
The notice is dated Feb. 28 but was released to the public today. The suspension will be honored in other racing jurisdictions.
The race in question was a maiden claiming affair with a purse of $26,000. Zito no longer trains Alvito, who was claimed out of race in question from Hurricane Boys Racing Stable by trainer David Jacobson for Drawing Away Stable.