Stolis Winner Cleared as Winner of 
2008 G1 All-American Futurity
ALBQUERQUE, NM—AUGUST 17, 2010—Stolis Winner was reinstated as the winner of the 2008 All American Futurity (G1) by the New Mexico Racing Commission on Monday after the panel accepted the recommendation of a trio of hearing officers in the case, reports Mary Rampellini for the Daily Racing Form.
Stolis Winner, a Stoli gelding bred and owned by Jerry Windham and trained by Heath Taylor, won the All American Futurity by a half length over Jet Black Patriot. The initial urine test from the race came back clean, as it was not tested for caffeine, and the purses were distributed, according to an interview conducted by The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal with New Mexico Racing Commission Executive Director Julian Luna on January 22, 2009.
A random deep-screen blood test was subsequently performed, and the caffeine was discovered. The urine was retested and the caffeine positive was confirmed. Caffeine is a Class 2 drug, and the New Mexico State Racing Commission has a zero-tolerance policy.
A stewards hearing for November 15, 2008, was delayed, as was the rescheduled hearing on December 5, 2008.
On January 8, 2009, the stewards ruled that Stolis Winner be stripped of his All American Futurity victory and the purses redistributed. The stewards also suspended Taylor for six months and fined him $1,500. Windham appealed and was granted a stay. Taylor also appealed and was granted a stay.
In May, the case went before hearing officers, who subsequently recommended the rulings be dismissed. In a 21-page report, they noted that Ruidoso experienced extensive flooding a month before the race, which was possible cause of environmental contamination, and also noted a party was held in the test barn the night before the All American. The party had caffiene-containing items such as coffee, soda and chocolate cake and hosted 30-50 people. There are commission rules requiring the test barn be free from caffeine contamination. These were several of the reasons for their recommendation. The recommendation was accepted with four votes, with one commissioner abstaining. Taylor learned the final decision at the end of a lengthy commission meeting Monday that wrapped at about 6:30 p.m. Eastern,
"I'm exhausted, but very relieved," he told the Daily Racing Form. "It's like 10 million pounds off of you. I'm immensely happy with the result. We just found out. We're exhausted, but exuberant. We're starting to get some closure to it."
Stolis Winner's urine sample contained an "estimated" 125 nanograms per milliliter of caffeine, according to a lab in Iowa. A split sample was sent to a lab in Louisiana, and it reported an "estimated" 84.2 ng/ml of caffeine in the urine. New Mexico has a zero tolerance policy on caffeine.
The report noted that in general, advances in technology "now cause the detection of exceptionally low concentrations of drugs and their metabolites in equine biological fluids. These new capabilities complicate the regulatory interpretation of positive drug tests and require greater administrative oversight of the process to ensure the fair application of medication rules," said the Daily Racing Form.
Stolis Winner, 4, has won 12 of 19 starts and earned $2,097,731. His Grade 1 victories include the All American, Heritage Place and Rainbow futurities, the Texas Classic Derby and the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge. In his latest out, he finished sixth in the Sam Houston Classic (G2). As a freshman, he was named the champion 2-year-old gelding, champion 2-year-old and world champion.
His trainer said his next start could be the October 2, $100,000 Refrigarator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010