An official with the New York Racing Association (NYRA) said no rules were apparently broken June 7 when General a Rod was a late arrival to the pre-race testing barn for the Belmont Stakes.

In an HRTV interview following the race won by Tonalist, trainer Dale Romans claimed that General a Rod, trained by Mike Maker, was late to the barn where regulatory veterinarians take blood samples to be tested.

Romans, whose Medal Count finished third in the Belmont, said not having a horse at the testing barn on time was tantamount to providing that horse with an "unfair advantage." General a Rod ran seventh in the 11-horse field.

Romans said that because General a Rod was not at the test barn at the designated time, the colt should have been scratched.

Contacted June 8, Martin Panza, NYRA senior vice president for racing, said no rules were apparently broken by General a Rod being late to the test barn.

"Like all of the horses in the Belmont, he had security and investigators assigned to him beginning 72 hours before the race and he underwent all the tests required of Belmont starters," Panza said. "As far as I know, there is no rule that a horse must be at the barn at a certain time as long as they undergo all of the testing."

Panza said there are times given to trainers for getting their horses to the test barn and that it was Maker's responsibility to see that happen. Panza said one problem Saturday was that spotty cell service made it difficult to contact trainers and let them know they were late.

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