Parx Trainer Joseph Taylor Provisionally Suspended For Clenbuterol, Methylphenidate Positives - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Parx Trainer Joseph Taylor Provisionally Suspended For Clenbuterol, Methylphenidate Positives

Racing at Parx in Bensalem, Pa.

The Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit has provisionally suspended Parx Racing-based trainer Joseph Taylor after two of his horses tested positive for banned substances, according to the HIWU website.

HIWU reports that on June 18, Lymarie Arroyo's Cajun Cousin tested positive for methylphenidate and clenbuterol after finishing second in a $10,000 claiming race for fillies and mares at the Bensalem, Pa., track. Barbara Geraghty's Classy American tested positive for the same two banned substances after a second-place finish in a Parx starter allowance on June 20. Both were trained by Taylor.

Cajun Cousin subsequently won  a $10,000 claiming race at Parx on July 12 before the positive test from June 18 was reported. She was claimed July 12 by trainer Michael V. Pino for Smart Angle LLP. According to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority's Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) program, Rule 2262 (c) (5), a claim shall be voided if “the horse has a positive test for a prohibited substance.”

Both Cajun Cousin and Classy American are provisionally suspended.

The ADMC program lists methylphenidate as a stimulant that lacks FDA approval for use in horses. The drug, sold under various brand names, including Ritalin, is used in human medicine to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

Clenbuterol is listed among HISA's controlled medications as a Beta-2 agonist and bronchodilator that is sold under the brand name Ventipulmin. It is a Class B drug approved for treatment of horses on a vet's list under specific dosing requirements, but is considered a “banned” substance under certain circumstances. Horses whose treatment records for clenbuterol adminstration are submitted properly are  required to stay on the vet's list for a minimum of 21 days following their last dose and have official workout and clearance testing before racing eligibility may be reinstated.

Taylor was leading trainer at Parx in 2019, winning 103 races from 467 starts in just his third full year of training. A former assistant to Tony Correnti, Taylor got his start with harness horses at Liberty Bell Park in the 1977. He's saddled a total of 328 Thoroughbred winners from 2,011 starts for career earnings of $9,722,780. Taylor has won 13 races from 85 starts in 2023. His most recent runner was at Penn National on July 13.

During his provisional suspension, Taylor's horses are required to be moved to other trainers to be eligible to race.


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