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NEW YORK (AP) — Southern California-based trainer Doug O'Neill has been suspended 45 days and fined $10,000 by the New York State Gaming Commission after one of his horses tested positive for a banned substance after a race at Belmont Park in June 2013.
Under a settlement with the gaming commission, O'Neill's suspension begins Nov. 3 — two days after the Breeders' Cup is run at Santa Anita — and ends Dec. 18. The deal also calls for O'Neill to serve an additional 45 days if he incurs another violation involving a Class 1, 2 or 3 medication between now and Dec. 18, 2015, at any racetrack.
The Daily Racing Form first reported the settlement.
O'Neill said in a statement issued Wednesday night that he wasn't in New York when the alleged infraction took place and he's confident that none of his employees or staff administered the substance.