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Monticello trainer Basilone suspended 120 days

December 14, 2017
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Dolores Basilone, the leading trainer at Monticello in wins and earnings in 2017, has received a $2,000 fine and 120-day suspension from the New York State Gaming Commission as a result of three recent infractions.
 
Basilone, who won both the dash and earnings titles at Monticello in 2016, easily tops both leaderboards this year with 216 winners from 910 starts (win average of 23.7 percent) and $728,134 in purse earnings.
 
According to the Gaming Commission rulings dated Dec. 13, 2017, Basilone was the trainer of record of: "Sandy Hook Hanover, that was scheduled to race in the 8th race at Monticello Raceway on Sept. 18, 2017...(and) that within 24 hours of post time and on race day, you administered a substance, not by topical application, that was not an antibiotic, vitamin, electrolyte or food supplement and that contained a drug or substance that by its nature exhibits drug-like applications or properties."
 
Basilone was also the trainer of record of: "Fly To The Angels in the 1st race at Monticello raceway on Nov. 6, 2017...(and) attempted to administer a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and sugar in any of their forms within 24 hours of its programmed race and on race day." She was also the trainer of record of: "Tijuana Party, that was scheduled to race in the 4th race at Monticello Raceway on Nov. 14, 2017...(and) administered within 24 hours of post time and on race day, a substance, not by topical application, but by oral dose syringe (not an oral administration) and the substance included the drug MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) or a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and sugar in any supplement."
 
Basilone's suspension is scheduled to begin on Dec. 29, 2017, and run through April 27, 2018. 
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