OLDSMAR - For the second time in less than three weeks, Tampa Bay Downs has barred a top-10 trainer for the 2013-14 meet.
Jorge Navarro, 38, second in the win standings last season, was banned Tuesday by track vice president and general manager Peter Berube. The move came 12 days after Navarro got a 60-day suspension from the Florida Division of Parimutel Wagering for medication violations at the Downs in 2011-12.
Navarro, of Panama City, Panama, is denied Downs stalls and the track will not accept his entries through June 30, 2014. Track spokeswoman Margo Flynn confirmed that Navarro had been banned, but would be allowed on the track's front side. Berube was not available for comment and an effort to reach Navarro was unsuccessful.
The state suspended Navarro for post-race positives on the regulated medication flunixin, the Daily Racing Form reported. The incidents took place nearly 18 months ago.
The Downs took similar action Sept. 26, banning trainer Jane Cibelli and veterinarian Dr. Orlando Paraliticci for 2013-14. That involved Paraliticci administering prohibitive race-day medication to a horse trained by Cibelli, who denied guilt.
The Downs opens its season Dec.4.
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Dramatic U.S. win bails out Mexico
Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson had second-half stoppage time goals as the United States rallied to win 3-2 at Panama to knock the hosts out of World Cup qualifying and keep Mexico alive despite a 2-1 loss at already-qualified Costa Rica. The U.S., which clinched a World Cup berth last month, rested several starters. Honduras became the third CONCACAF team to make the field for next year's tournament in Brazil, tying host Jamaica 2-2.
Europe: England made its fifth straight World Cup as Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard scored in a 2-0 victory over Poland at Wembley Stadium. Defending champion Spain qualified with a 2-0 win over visiting Georgia; Bosnia-Herzegovina and Russia also clinched. Eight group runnersup will play in four home-and-home pairings next month to determine Europe's last spots.
South America: Host Chile defeated Ecuador 2-1 as both clinched. Uruguay beat Argentina 3-2 and finished fifth, clinching a spot in a home-and-home playoff next month against Jordan.
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NBA:Former Magic guard Chris Duhon was treated and released from a hospital after being struck by a car following a verbal altercation in Orlando, police said.
Doping:Kenneth Edwards, a Jamaican who competed in taekwondo at the London Olympics, said he has tested positive for a banned substance. The admission came as anti-doping authorities audit Jamaica's drug-testing agency amid allegations of inconsistent testing.
Tennis:At the Luxembourg Open, top seed Caroline Wozniacki beat local Mandy Minella6-3,7-6 (7-2) and American Sloane Stephens, the No.2 seed, beat wild card Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-3.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires