Sadler’s Flagstaff tests positive for bisphosphonate

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Updated: May 26, 2021 at 8:19 pm

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The one trained by John Sadler Flagstaff (Speightstown) tested positive for clodronic acid, a bisphosphonate also known as osphos, after a complaint from the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) after finishing second in Santa Anita on September 27th last year.

According to the complaint of March 24, an Osphos-positive is a class 1, category A. A split sample confirmed the original findings, the complaint states.

Sadler is currently on a one-year probationary period under a settlement agreement and mutual release with the CHRB. Under that agreement, Sadler was fined $ 15,000 and placed in a 60-day suspension, 45 days on hold, for three drug violations in 2019.

The suspension ran from June 29th to June 13th last year. The one-year probationary period ends on June 28, 2021.

The agreement states: “If John Sadler violates the terms of his parole, the 45-day suspension will be imposed after an established hearing.”

Sadler referred the TDN to his attorney Darrell Vienna, who pointed out that Osphos is listed as a Class 1 drug because it is currently unclassified in California but is currently going through the administrative process of classifying a Class 3 drug.

Vienna said it was his understanding that Flagstaff was given Osphos in late 2019, but that Osphos showed up in last year’s test due to an extremely slow rate of elimination in a horse’s system – sometimes years -.

“I don’t think anything in the report contains any indications of wrongdoing or wrongdoing by Sadler,” said Wien. “It’s not him who denies the administration. It is a case where the administration is completely legal at this point. The finding is a result of the pharmacology of the substance, not a misbehavior. “

Since the settlement agreement was signed last year, Sadler has been fined $ 1,000 and $ 1,500 for two positive results related to timed workouts.

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This story was posted in the Top News and tagged Class 1 Drug, Clodronic Acid, Darrell Vienna, John Sadler, Osphos, Santa Anita, Suspension.

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