New York bans Autrey for 30 days

The New York stewards have suspended trainer Cody Autrey 30 days and fined him $1,000 for the finding of a banned substance in one of his horses who raced at Aqueduct in December. Autrey has appealed the suspension and was granted a stay.

Geno Green, who finished second in the first race at Aqueduct on Dec. 26, was found to have the bronchial dilator clenbuterol in his system.

"We stopped four days out and it stayed in his system too long," Autrey said by phone Thursday afternoon. "It's just one of those things that happens. It's part of the game. I just wanted to see if that's the mandatory penalty. I turned it over to my attorney and told him to look into it.''

Autrey, spending his first winter in New York, has 8 wins from 54 starters at the meet.

Lara barred from Oaklawn races

The Oaklawn Park board of stewards has suspended trainer Jorge Lara pending adjudication of a second-degree felony charge for domestic battery that happened offtrack Feb. 27. Lara was arrested and released, and has a court date in the case April 6.

Entries from Lara are not being accepted in Arkansas, and the horses in his stable, according to the ruling issued Thursday, "are barred from participating in racing at Oaklawn Park until such time as his horses are transferred to another trainer or trainers acceptable to the stewards." Stewards said the horses cannot be transferred to a relative or an employee of Lara's.

The ruling was issued for "conduct detrimental to racing."

Lara can request a hearing. He said Thursday that he and his attorney have not yet made a decision on whether they will appeal. There is no set deadline for requesting a hearing in this particular case, said stewards.

Lara, a past training champ at Louisiana Downs, is based at Oaklawn.

- Mary Rampellini