Britain’s Prince Charles had his first winner as a thoroughbred owner erased today when a positive drug test on his horse was upheld by the Jockey Club.
The club, the ruling body of racing in Britain, let stand evidence showing that Devil’s Elbow was under the influence of three banned stimulants when he won a hurdles race at Worcester last Dec. 5. It fined trainer Nick Gaselee $3,400 and ordered Prince Charles to return the $1,156 first-place money.
The club said Devil’s Elbow apparently received the banned drugs--caffeine, theobromine and theophyllene--by mistake as part of a medicinal tonic.
“I am very sorry for any embarrassment caused to the Prince of Wales,” Gaselee said.
Buckingham Palace had no comment.