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HANDAL SUSPENSION LIFTED

By Newswriter — The Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit has lifted the provisional suspension of trainer Raymond Handal levied on June 30 after a horse in his care tested positive for the banned substance zeranol, pursuant to ADMC Program Rule 3247 (e).

Rule 3247 (e) states: “If it considers it appropriate to do so on the specific facts of the case, the Agency may lift the provisional suspension.”

Handal trainee Barrage tested positive for zeranol after finishing second in a Belmont Park allowance/optional claiming race on May 28. Zeranol is banned by HISA as an “anabolic agent.” Handal claimed it was “clear-cut contamination.”

Zeranol, produced under multiple brand names (Ralgro in the U.S.), is a growth-promoting nonsteroidal drug given to cattle and other livestock.

The New York Racing Association, where Handal is based, issued the following statement Wednesday: “With his provisional suspension lifted today by HIWU, trainer Ray Handal is once again able to fully participate in all training and racing activities at NYRA tracks.

This story was originally reported in Paulick Report

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