R Adios Jersey DQed from Charles Town Oaks win

R Adios Jersey
R Adios Jersey won the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks. Photo Allison Janezic.

R Adios Jersey will lose the most important win and biggest payday of her career – to go along with her undefeated record – following a ruling handed down by the West Virginia Racing Commission Feb. 10.

R Adios Jersey won the Grade 3, $400,000 Charles Town Oaks last Aug. 27. The win gave the Adios Charlie filly trained by Georgina Baxter her fifth victory from as many career starts, and she later won a Florida Sire stakes to go six-for-six.

But a post-race drug examination by Industrial Laboratories revealed the presence of Flunixin at a level of 1,121 ng/ml. Flunixin is permitted up to a threshold of just 20 ng/ml in West Virginia. Flunixin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

Baxter, who trains R Adios Jersey for Averill Racing LLC and ATM Racing, availed herself of her right to a split sample, which also came back with an overage, and to further testing to confirm that the blood tested was that of R Adios Jersey. It was.

Because of the overage, R Adios Jersey will be disqualified from the victory, costing her owners a payday of $230,400. In addition, Baxter will be fined $1,000 and assessed one-half of one multiple medication violations point.

If not appealed, or if appealed and upheld, the ruling will have the effect of elevating Pauline’s Pearl to the top spot in the CT Oaks.

Baxter does retain the right to appeal the stewards’ ruling to the state Racing Commission.

According to the ruling, Baxter admitted that R Adios Jersey had been treated with Flunixin or Ketoprofen, another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, but told the stewards she “thought the treatment was done within the withdrawal guidelines.” The state Racing Commission recommends horses not be treated with Flunixin within 24 hours of a race.

Flunixin is considered a Class 4, drug meaning it may enhance performance but is generally thought to have limited ability to do so.

According to the ruling, it is Baxter’s first violation in the class category in the last year. She has no listed violations on www.thoroughbredulings.com.

But in 2020, according to Daily Racing Form, she served a 25-day suspension in Florida after three of her charges tested with impermissible amounts of Flunixin and phenylbutazone. A former exercise rider, she took over the training of Ralph Ziadie’s horses after he was denied a license in 2018.