The 3-year-old filly trotter Crys Dream has been suspended from racing 90 days by the Ontario Racing Commission as a result of a positive test following her win in the $529,000 Elegantimage final June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack. The suspension is scheduled to run from June 29 through Sept. 26, making her ineligible for several major stakes, including the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks.
Trainer Henrik Hollsten was notified of the positive—which has only been described as a Class 2 drug by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC)—and paperwork will be served Thursday, June 30, by the ORC judges. If the ruling is appealed, a stay could be granted by the ORC, and Crys Dream could remain eligible to race during the suspension period. Also, a hearing will be held at a later date to determine any penalty for Hollsten.
"At this time I can only tell you that is a Class 2 under the RCI guidelines, but at this time we don't believe it is fair to put that out there right now," ORC judge Tom Miller told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning. "At some point it will be put out, we just haven't had the participants in yet. We've talked to them on the phone and they are aware, but we prefer to get all the paperwork out of the way.
"(On Thursday) we will give them a copy of the positive test certificate, a copy of the ruling that suspends the filly for 90 days under our rules, and any other information we have to give them we will give them at that time," said MIller. "We will discuss their rights under the rules and at that time we will either set up a hearing date or another date to contact each other to set up a hearing date, if they need time to find or hire counsel, or anything like that."
Miller positive tests for a Class 1, 2 or 3 drug, or a trainer who has a second or third positive within a three-year period, results in the horse automatically being suspended for 90 days. Miller said as soon as the positive test is identified the trainer is contacted and the horse is suspended immediately.
A winner of seven of eight starts last year, Crys Dream was voted divisional honors in both the United States and Canada. This year she is undefeated in four starts, which has in turn stretched her overall win streak to 11, including a career-best 1:53.2 victory in the Elegantimage
Crys Dream is owned by Jean Pierre Dubois’ Reve Avec Moi Dreamwithme in partnership with Deo Volente Farms, TLP Stable and Jerry Silva.