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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 12, 2001


Antley’s death ruled accidental drug overdose

Jockey Chris Antley died of an overdose of multiple drugs, and injuries found on his body were probably the result of a fall while under the influence, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Thursday.

Antley, a two-time Kentucky Derby winner, was found dead Dec. 2 in his Pasadena, Calif., home, and police opened a homicide investigation because of what was described as severe trauma to his head.

"The lacerations were caused by him perhaps falling down and being under the influence," coroner's spokesman Scott Carrier said. "No foul play is suspected and the Pasadena Police Department concurs."

Toxicology testing found evidence of four drugs in Antley's system, including Clobenzorax, a weight-control drug not available in the United States; methamphetamine; Tegretol, an anti-seizure medication; and Paxil, an anti-depressant.

It was the first time the coroner's office had seen Clobenzorax, Carrier said. "We understand it's pretty well known among the jockeys," he said.

Antley, 34, had well-publicized struggles with his weight, substance abuse and depression.

Antley, who stopped riding in March because of his weight, won the Kentucky Derby aboard Strike the Gold in 1991 and Charismatic in 1999.

MORE HORSES: Nick Zito, who has trained two Kentucky Derby winners, was suspended 15 days and fined $1,000 by the New York Racing Association after a banned substance was found in one of his horses. Zito appealed the penalties. Lidocaine, a banned pain suppressant, was found in the post-race urine of Mark's Miner, second in the second race on Aug. 2 at Saratoga. ... Jockey Shane Sellers could resume riding as early as this summer after reconstructive knee surgery in Lexington, Ky. Sellers, 34, finished third nationally with $14,881,680 in earnings in 2000. ... Badge, winner of the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct and third in the Preakness in 1999, will be retired to breeding because of a leg injury. ... Heavily-favored Gold Mover, a triple stakes winner last year, won her debut as a 3-year-old with a 1 1/2-length victory in the $53,200 Cadillacing Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Thunder Bertie was second and Look of the Lynx was third.

OLYMPICS: The Salt Lake City trustees freed up $4-million from a cash reserve, in part to relieve Olympic volunteers of some thankless jobs such as overnight security and scrubbing portable toilets. The board's vote came after Mitt Romney, president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, detailed an effort to restore some of the glitz and frills cut from the 2002 Games' budget in 1999 after the Salt Lake bid scandal chilled fund-raising and left a growing budget deficit. The former frugality cut everything from street decor to fleets of golf carts for VIPs at indoor venues. Instead of chauffeured limousines, IOC delegates will ride in donated Chevy Blazers. The budget cuts seemed to hit a desperate note in 1999 when organizers said volunteers would have to pack their own lunches. ... The men's soccer tournament will keep its 23-year-old age limit -- with three players older than 23 allowed on each team -- for the 2004 Games in Athens, and the women's event will be expanded to 12 teams from eight.

TENNIS: Andre Agassi and Lindsay Davenport will need to negotiate difficult paths if they're to successfully defend their Australian Open titles after today's draw for the first Grand Slam of the year. Agassi, the No. 6 seed, is scheduled to meet No. 3 Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals after both were pitted in the bottom half of the draw. Davenport faces unseeded Jelena Dokic -- Australia's highest-ranked female -- in the first round and a possible quarterfinal against No. 8 Anna Kournikova. The draw also produced several intriguing first-round matches, including one between former runners-up Carlos Moya and Marcelo Rios, and Sampras's meeting with Karol Kucera, who beat Sampras in the quarterfinals in 1998.

AUTOS: A malfunctioning drawbridge has Volusia County officials scrambling to make repairs before the start of Speed Weeks at Daytona International Speedway in early February. The 50-year-old Memorial Bridge is stuck in the raised position to allow nautical traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway to pass until at least Jan. 19. Making it even tougher to get to the track, a city utility project will block a nearby intersection until the same date, so driving in the area is a maze of detours.Busch Grand National champion Jeff Green will switch from Chevy to Ford this season.

SOCCER: China beat the United States 1-0 in Panyu, China, on a 90th-minute goal by second-half substitute Han Duan in the first of two friendly games during the American women's trip to Asia. The teams play again Sunday. ... Italian tax police are investigating Diego Maradona in connection with an alleged tax fraud of about $9.85-million, according to Agence France-Presse. ... Two-time All-Star forward Dante Washington re-signed a multiyear contract with MLS that keeps the Crew's top scorer last season with the Columbus club. Washington has 39 goals in 118 games.

BOXING: Raul Frank tore a tendon in his foot while training, forcing the postponement of his IBF welterweight title bout with Vernon Forrest that had been scheduled for Saturday night in New York.

WINTER SPORTS: Slovenia's Dejan Kosir and Olympic giant-slalom champion Karine Ruby of France won World Cup parallel slalom snowboard races in Schoenried, Switzerland.

OBITUARY: Former record-setting unlimited hydroplane racer and boat owner Milo Stoen died of kidney failure at age 81 on Saturday in Seattle.

ET CETERA: A Columbia, S.C., management group defrauded several prominent athletes -- including Stephen Davis of the Redskins and the University of Georgia's Quincy Carter -- out of millions of dollars, according to a federal indictment. Mike Parker, a U.S. Postal Service inspector who worked the case, estimated clients of Summit Management Group Ltd. lost at least $3-million.

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