Brian Lynch: reportedly failed a drug test for marijuana
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By NICHOLAS GODFREY 1:25pM 9 JUN 2016
USA: Trainer Brian Lynch has reportedly failed a drug test for marijuana, which means that top US sprinter Private Zone will have to be scratched from his intended engagement on the second day of the Belmont Festival in New York.
Lynch has surrendered his training licence and is ineligible to participate in New York racing for an indefinite period, according to the New York State Gaming Commission.
Spokesperson Lee Park said: “The commission determined administratively that he is not eligible to be listed as trainer on raceday.”
As a result, Private Zone cannot run in Friday’s True North Stakes, the Grade 2 event for which he was the morning-line favourite.
The seven-year-old, a four-time Grade 1 winner, is owned by Good Friends Stable, who moved the horse to Lynch from former trainer Jorge Navarro at the end of last year.
Private Zone: cannot run in Friday’s Grade 2 True North Stakes
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Although the commission declined to reveal why Lynch had handed in his licence, Good Friends’ spokesman Rene Douglas said the trainer had tested positive for marijuana.
“I don’t think it’s fair for Brian, it’s not fair to the owners or the horse,” Douglas said, speaking to the Daily Racing Form. “It’s not Brian Lynch who is going to run, it’s the horse. The horse is ready to run. We waited five months to run him.”
Speaking of Lynch, he added: “This is the first time he has had something like this happen – it’s nothing that bad. I’m not mad at Brian – I’m human too.”