Lukas filly disqualified after drug test

September 30, 1994|By New York Times

NEW YORK -- Flanders, the undefeated 2-year-old filly trained by Wayne Lukas and a leading candidate for the Juvenile championship, was disqualified yesterday from her first-place finish in the Matron Stakes after she tested positive for a therapeutic drug.

The stewards at Belmont Park also notified Lukas that he would be called to a hearing that could result in a 45-day suspension. But Lukas said that he had no knowledge or explanation of the incident, and said: "She doesn't get any medication. She doesn't need any."

The filly is owned by William T. Young of Lexington, Ky., who also owns Lukas' star 3-year-old colt, Tabasco Cat.

She won her first two races, including the Spinaway at Saratoga, then made it three straight when she won the Matron at Belmont on Sept. 17. She won by three lengths, earned $67,740 and took the lead in her division for the Frizette at Belmont on Oct. 8 and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

But in the routine test after the Matron, she tested positive for the medication isoxsuprine, which is used to improve the circulation in horses with foot problems. So, the three stewards at Belmont yesterday ruled that she was disqualified.

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