Trainer Nick Zito, twice a winner at the Kentucky Derby, plans to appeal a suspension and the fine he expects to receive because one of his horses failed a drug test last year.
Another top thoroughbred trainer, Bob Baffert, was given a 60-day suspension last week in California because of a positive drug test from one of his horses. A judge granted a stay of the ban on appeal Friday.
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board voted this week to ban Zito for 10 days and fine him $2,000, the New York Post reported Saturday, because 2-year-old colt Miner's Mark tested positive last summer at Saratoga for traces of a local anesthetic.
"If you take a grain of salt and you split it into three pieces and you split one of those into one million pieces, that's what it was," Zito said. "That's just silly. Obviously, I'm very disappointed by it."
Around the tracks
Belongs To Mony, ridden by Parker Buckley, paid $15.60, $5.30 and $3.20 in taking the $40,000 Susan B. Anthony Handicap at Finger Lakes.
Critical Eye edged Jostle by a neck to take the $250,000 Grade I Hempstead Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park. The winning horse paid $24.40, $9.80 and $8.50.