Trainer Penny Pearce Handed Fine, Suspension For Clenbuterol Positive At Monmouth Park - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Trainer Penny Pearce Handed Fine, Suspension For Clenbuterol Positive At Monmouth Park

Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

Trainer Penny Pearce was slapped with a $500 fine and 15-day suspension by New Jersey stewards after Top Notch Racing's Royal Coup returned a positive for the prohibited substance clenbuterol, a bronchodilator, in post-race blood and urine samples following his win in the first race at Monmouth Park May 29.

The ruling, dated June 25, was posted on the Association of Racing Commissioners International website.

Royal Coup, a 7-year-old Stephen Got Even gelding who won the one-mile & 70-yard race by a head at 5-1 odds, was subsequently disqualified from the win and the first-place purse of $45,000 in the $75,000 first-level allowance race for New Jersey-breds.

Royal Coup was claimed by Pearce for $10,000 out of a March 29 race at Parx Racing in which the Stephen Got Even 7-year-old gelding finished seventh, beaten nearly 15 lengths. He came back April 18 to win at the $15,000 claiming level at Parx, then finished first in allowance company at Monmouth only to be disqualified after the failed drug test.

Pearce was in the news in 2021 when it was reported that Ramon Preciado was working in her stable as a groom. Preciado was re-licensed in December 2020 as a stable employee four years after having his trainer's license revoked following a series of clenbuterol positives in his barn. Pearce's stable earnings more than doubled from her previous best in 2021 to over $1 million and her win percentage hit a career best 23 percent. She is winning at a 26 percent clip in 2022.

Pearce, who waived her right to a hearing, was cited for violations pertaining to acts detrimental to racing and medication rules, as well as the trainer responsibilities rule. Her suspension starts Friday, July 1,  and runs through July 15.


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