The presence of isoflupredone, an intra-articular corticosteroid, was confirmed in a split-sample test, according to California Horse Racing Board documents. It is categorized in Class 4 Penalty Class C by the CHRB. Penalty Class C medications carry suggested first-offense fines of $500 to $1,000, absent mitigating circumstances. Violations in Penalty Class A and Penalty Class B result in stiffer penalties.
The CHRB issued a complaint on the medication violation last month and the stewards’ decision was issued April 10.
The ruling toward Miller for his Class 4 violation made no reference to disqualification. CHRB rules require disqualifications with violations in Class 1, 2, and 3.
Hembree, claimed by owner Tom Kagele for $62,500 from a victorious effort at Churchill Downs in November, scored in his first start for Miller in the Joe Hernandez, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of True Valour . An earner of more than $929,000, Hembree also won the Nearctic Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine in 2018 for previous owner Three Diamonds Farm and trainer Mike Maker.
The 7-year-old Proud Citizen horse finished fifth last out in the Thunder Road Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Feb. 6.