Ontario-based trainer Riina Rekila has been fined $250 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and ordered to return more than $44,000 in purse money earned by Christiana Hanover in the 2010 Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile after she tested positive for Isoxsuprine, a supplement used in treatment of navicular disease or syndrome.
Christiana Hanover finished second in her $69,975 elimination of the Filly Futurity and again in the $108,850 second heat on Oct. 16. Because the positive test came in a sample taken after the elimination, her subsequent disqualification makes her ineligible to return for the second heat. Rekila asked for a split sample to be tested at the University of LA, which also came back positive.
Christiana Hanover earned $17,493 in her elimination and $27,212 in the second heat, so the ruling by the KHRC calls for the return of $44,705. The ruling also states, “In view of Ms. Rekila’s exemplary record she is fined $250.”