NEW YORK — Southland trainer Humberto Aguilera says state charges filed against him after one of his horses tested positive for cocaine will be dropped.
Aguilera, who was arrested by Inglewood police after a scuffle at his barn at Hollywood Park March 8, said in a telephone interview Saturday that Ingrid Fermin, a state medication steward, told him that the California Horse Racing Board would drop the charges.
Fermin, reached at her office at Santa Anita, declined to comment, referring questions to Dennis Hutcheson, executive secretary of the racing board. Attempts to reach Hutcheson were unsuccessful, and Roy Minami, Hutcheson's assistant, also declined to comment.
Aguilera, 40, had been accused of running a horse, Rearrange, who tested positive for cocaine after finishing third in a race at Santa Anita on Feb. 13. Aguilera said he sent a split urine sample to Cornell University, which tests horses in New York, and that Fermin told him it came back negative.