Trainer Jonathan Wong was temporarily suspended after being notified late Wednesday that Sample B confirmed the presence of metformin in a post-match test taken from a Heaven and Earth trainee (Gormley. )
Heaven and Earth destroyed her young woman at the Indiana Grand on June 1 but later tested positive for the prescription drug Metformin, a type 2 diabetes drug classified as a banned substance by the Food Safety and Health Act. Horse Racing Integrity (HISA)
During a conference call Thursday morning before representatives from the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit (HIWU) and judges All hearings are scheduled for Sept. 25, Wong said.
“There was no sense of urgency,” Wong said. “I was fired from work on July 2 because they didn’t adjust the rules until 27 days later, but then my horse disappeared. I haven’t received my salary for a month. And now three months have passed.”
technically This is the second time Wong has been suspended as the case has been resolved.
According to the regulations at the time, HIWU temporarily suspended Wong in early June. When subject A showed positive effects on metformin
Late last month, the HISA agency announced it had amended its rules regarding temporary suspensions. under this new requirement Responsible parties requesting confirmation of Sample B following a positive test result for prohibited substances will not face any suspension. that may occur until the detected sample B is returned.
“If sample B confirms sample A, the person in charge will be temporarily suspended upon notification of sample B confirmation,” the new rules state.
Although technically the announcement would allow Wong to return to training while Sample B was underway. He said his owner did not want to transfer the horse back, expecting the outcome of Sample B to happen soon.
“If I received a positive result today I will still be allowed to practice and continue normally until my sample B returns,” he said. “But I didn’t have that opportunity.”
Wong, who faces a two-year suspension and a $25,000 fine, expressed dissatisfaction with the way other aspects of his case were handled, including how separate B blood and urine samples were sent for testing.
“They were separated for eight days, which according to everyone I’ve spoken to isn’t what they should do,” Wong said.
“If this happened a few weeks ago This will be punished for 15 days,” Wong said, referring to Trainer Wesley. Ward ordered a 15-day suspension for positive metformin at a July 15, 2022, match at Monmouth. “Now they’re harassing me for two years.”
With that said, Wong said he was considering his future in the sport. Although the full hearing did not favor him. “I don’t know when everything is fine. If I want to go back to training,” Wong said.
“It brings a lot of things into perspective,” he says. “I have a wife who is 13, 5, 3, and 10 months old. I miss their lives a lot, putting work first and putting them second. Because one day everything will be thrown away because of the things I didn’t do.”
Despite these disappointments, Wong said the concept of HISA was necessary for esports.
“First of all, I would like to give them credit for the change. [to the provisional suspension provisions]. I admire them for listening to people’s complaints and suggestions. Adapt and act accordingly,” Wong said.
“I have no problem with HISA, I think it is very necessary. I just think it needs some tweaking. It’s a learning process. They are learning, owners, trainers, jockeys, we are all learning together,” said Wong.
“But when you don’t get any chance from the first day until your trial. Even if they are found guilty, they will almost certainly be charged until they are proven innocent,” Wong added. “I felt like I was locked up and thrown away with my keys.”
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