ORC suspends Casie Coleman indefinitely
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Casie Coleman, recently honored as Canada's 2012 Trainer of the Year, the record fifth time she has been recognized with the O'Brien Award, has been suspended indefinitely by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC). A hearing has reportedly been scheduled for Monday, March 11.
The suspension was issued on Monday and it scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Coleman, who is winter training at South Florida Trotting Center, is currently racing her horses at Woodbine and Yonkers Raceway (she has only three starts this year at the Meadowlands). Coleman has a 36-6-6-3 slate this year at Woodbine and she is currently fifth in the dash standings at Yonkers with a record of 34-12-8-2 (a UTR of .503).
The Harness Edge reported Tuesday morning that Coleman received positive tests for the Class IV drug Flumethasone—a corticosteroid for topical use—on horses Mick Dynamite, Hilarious Halo and Run On Luck. Coleman told Standardbred Canada that she does not know how the horses tested positive as it is not listed on veterinary records, which she has given to the ORC.
Coleman, who stable earned a record $6.85 million last year, is the trainer of Michael's Power, voted the 2012 Horse of the Year in Canada. She also is the conditioner of Betterthancheddar, who won the 2012 O'Brien as Older Pacer of the Year.