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June 2017 Thoroughbred Rulings - Maryland Racing Commission

June 15, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-102 In the sixth race, at Laurel Park on June 11, 2017, horse #6 “Waterhaven”, ridden by jockey, Edgar Prado was disqualified from first position and placed third, behind horse #5 “Mr. Smarty Pants” ridden by jockey Julian Pimentel. Inside the 1/8th pole, #6 “Waterhaven” came in and bumped #5 “Mr. Smarty Pants”, knocking him off stride.

[Violation under COMAR 09.10.01.50, A (1) c, d & e, which states in pertinent parts: “A horse may not: (b) Cross in front of another horse without sufficient clearance, (c) Jostle another horse, or (e) Impede another horse.]

OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH:

1st Self Start
2nd Mr. Smarty Pants
3rd Waterhaven

June 21, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-103 In the third race, at Laurel Park on June 16, 2017, horse #6 “Be Back”, ridden by jockey Carlos Quinones was disqualified from sixth position and placed last
, for coming in on #1 “Donnie Baseball” ridden by apprentice Jenn Miller, going into the clubhouse turn without sufficient clearance, causing that horse to clip heels and fall.

[Violation under COMAR 09.10.01.50, A (1), b, d & e, which states in pertinent parts: “A horse may not: (b) Cross in front of another horse without sufficient clearance, (d) Intimidate another horse, or (e) Impede another horse.]

June 21, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-104 Jockey, Carlos Quinones, is suspended three (3) Maryland racing days
, June 23, 24 & 25, 2017, for riding the horse “Be Back” in a careless manner in the third race at Laurel Park on June 16, 2017, thereby causing the disqualification of “Be Back” from sixth to last position.
[COMAR 09.10.01.50, §A(2)(b) and §C.]

Going into the clubhouse turn, Mr. Quinones moved his horse #6 “Be Back” towards the rail, in front of #1 “Donnie Baseball” without sufficient clearance, causing that horse to clip heels and fall.

[Violation under COMAR 09.10.01.50, A(1),b,d & e, which states, in pertinent parts: "A horse may not: (b) Cross or weave in front of another horse without sufficient clearance, (d) Intimidate another horse, or (e) Impede another horse.]

June 21, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-105 The below listed licensees have been fined
for failure to have the 2016-17 license badges they had been issued by the Maryland Racing Commission.
[COMAR 09.10.04.11, 'C.]

  • BESECKER, Joseph - $5.00
  • MILES, Andrea - $5.00
  • MANCILLA, Vanessa - $5.00
  • MCELWEE, Erin - $5.00
  • MOQUETT, Laura - $5.00
  • BOYLE, Hannah - $5.00
  • TUCKER, Micaela - $5.00
  • GARCIA-MENDOZA, Ezequiel - $5.00
  • LEWIS, Jane - $5.00
  • LEAF, Patricia - $5.00
  • MAGANA, Carolina - $5.00
  • FROCK, Cameron - $5.00
  • ROY, Althea - $5.00

(Note: The fines have been paid)

June 23, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-106 Owner Ronald G Potts, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of forty dollars ($40.00)
, to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.
[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

June 23, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-107 Owner John Jazdzewski, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of one hundred and sixty dollars ($160.00)
, to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.
[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

June 23, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-108 Owner Allan P Peterson, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of two hundred dollars ($200.00)
, to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.
[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

June 23, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-109 Owner Belinda C Bateman, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of two hundred dollars ($200.00)
, to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.
[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

June 23, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-110 On March 30, 2017, the Stewards received notice from Truesdail Laboratories, Inc., that blood sample #21207, dated March 10, 2017, contained the drug phenylbutazone at a level of 6.3mcg/ml, which is in excess of the accepted threshold level of 2mcg/ml of plasma. The Stewards, have established that blood sample #21207 was taken from the horse “Sugimoto”, owned by Kevin Dole and trained by A. Ferris Allen III, following the running of the second race at Laurel Park on March 10, 2017. The Stewards notified Mr. Allen that: (1) the presence of phenylbutazone at this level in the system of “Sugimoto” at the time the horse ran constituted a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04 Drug Prohibition - Horses; (2) he had the right to have the split sample tested by an independent laboratory prior to the Stewards conducting a hearing in this matter; and (3) he had the right to be represented by counsel at the hearing.

Mr. Allen exercised his right to the split sample testing. (COMAR 09.10.03.09 H 1, 2, & 3)
Upon receiving conformation from Analytical Toxicology Lab that phenylbutazone was present in sample #21207 dated March 10, 2017, 2017, at a quantity level of 7.2 +- 0.4 mcg/ml, the Stewards held a hearing regarding this result on June 22, 2017. Mr. Allen waived his right to legal counsel.

Based upon the evidence before them, the Stewards find the following:

  1. Sugimoto”, did carry phenylbutazone, in its system when it finished second in the second race at Laurel Park on March 10, 2017, a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04, Section C;
  2. A. Ferris Allen III, as trainer, was the absolute insurer of, and responsible for, the condition of “Sugimoto” at the time the horse ran (Sections D, E & F); and
  3. A horse found to have carried a drug in its body during a race may be disqualified and the purse monies earned by that horse redistributed (Section G).

Based upon the foregoing, and in accordance with COMAR 09.10.04.03 D (3) a, b,c, & d.
Stewards hereby order that:

  1. Trainer A. Ferris Allen III be fined one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). 09.10.0145 V (1) (d)
  2. The horse, “Sugimoto”, be disqualified from the running of the second race on March 10, 2017 at Laurel Park.
  3. Trainer A. Ferris Allen III will be assigned one (1) Multiple Medication Violation Points.
    [COMAR 09.10.03.02 C]
  4. The Horsemen's Bookkeeper redistribute all purse monies for that race in accordance with the following order:

OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH
1st Nye
2nd Baduke
3rd Slews Love
4th Boomerang Toy
Sugimoto- unplaced

June 23, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-111 Apprentice jockey, Carlos Delgado, is suspended
three (3) Maryland racing days, June 30, July 1 & 2, 2017, for riding the horse “Color Me Sexy” in a careless manner in the fifth race at Laurel Park on June 18, 2017.
[COMAR 09.10.01.50, §A(2)(b) and §C.]

Inside the 3/8th pole, Mr. Delgado moved his horse #1 “Color Me Sexy” out, in front of #9 “Carolina Dreams” without sufficient clearance and bumps that horse outward, causing the riders behind him to alter course to avoid clipping heels.

[Violation under COMAR 09.10.01.50, A(1) a,b,d & e, which states, in pertinent parts: "A horse may not: (a) Carry another horse in or out, (b) Cross or weave in front of another horse without sufficient clearance, (d) Intimidate another horse, or (e) Impede another horse.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

June 23, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-112 On March 22, 2017, the Stewards received notice from the Truesdail Laboratories, Inc. that urine sample #21177, dated March 4, 2017, contained the drug formoterol
which is not on the approved list of Controlled Therapeutic Substances for the Maryland Racing Commission. The Stewards established that urine sample #21177 was taken from the horse “Balkan”, owned by Jose Corrales and Didier Plasiencia and trained by Jose Corrales, following the running of the fifth race at Laurel Park on March 4, 2017. The Stewards notified Mr. Corrales that: (1) the presence of formotorol in the system of “Balkan” at the time the horse ran constituted a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04 Drug Prohibition - Horses; (2) He had the right to have the split sample tested by an independent laboratory prior to the Stewards conducting a hearing in this matter; and (3) He had the right to be represented by counsel at the hearing.

Mr. Corrales exercised his right to the split sample testing. (COMAR 09.10.03.09 H 1, 2, & 3)

Upon receiving conformation from Analytical Toxicology Lab that formoterol was present in sample #21177 dated March 4, 2017. The Stewards held a hearing regarding this result on June 22, 2017. Mr. Corrales waived his right to legal counsel.

Based upon the evidence before them, the Stewards find the following:

  1. Balkan” did carry formoterol in its system when it finished second in the fifth race at Laurel Park on March 4, 2017, a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04, Section C;
  2. Jose Corrales, as trainer, was the absolute insurer of, and responsible for, the condition of “Balkan” at the time the horse ran (Sections D, E & F) ;
  3. A horse found to have carried a drug in its body during a race may be disqualified and the purse monies earned by that horse redistributed; and
  4. An individual found to have violated these Regulations may be subject to a fine issued by the Stewards of up to $2,500 and a suspension of any license issued by the Maryland Racing Commission of up to 360 days.
    COMAR 09.10.03.02, Section A.

Based upon the evidence presented at the hearing, the Stewards hereby order that:

  1. Trainer Jose Corrales, be fined in the amount of Five Hundred dollars ($500.).
  2. Trainer Corrales be suspended fifteen (15) days.
  3. Trainer Jose Corrales will be assigned four (4) Multiple Medication Violation Points.
    [COMAR 09.10.03.02 C]
  4. The horse “Balkan”, be disqualified from the fifth race on March 4, 2017 at Laurel Park.
  5. The Horsemen’s Bookkeeper redistribute all purse monies for that race in accordance
    with the following order:

OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH

1st Don’t Make It Easy
2nd Windcries
3rd Big Slick
4th Nicamore
5th Leftovers
6th Z Supreme
7th Determined Nation

Balkan - unplaced

June 25, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-113 In the sixth race, at Laurel Park on June 11, 2017, horse #6 “Waterhaven”, ridden by jockey, Edgar Prado was disqualified
from first position and placed third, behind horse #5 “Mr. Smarty Pants” ridden by jockey Julian Pimentel. Inside the 1/8th pole, #6 “Waterhaven” came in and bumped #5 “Mr. Smarty Pants”, knocking him off stride.

[Violation under COMAR 09.10.01.50, A (1) c, d & e , which states in pertinent parts: “A horse may not: (b) Cross in front of another horse without sufficient clearance, (c) Jostle another horse, or (e) Impede another horse.]

OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH:

1st Self Start
2nd Mr. Smarty Pants
3rd Waterhaven

June 25, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-114 On June 21, 2017, the Stewards received notice from Truesdail Laboratories, Inc. that blood sample #21981, dated May 25, 2017, contained the drug dexamethasone at 138+-0.2 pg/ml which is in excess of the accepted threshold level of 5pg/ml of plasma or serum established by the MRC. The Stewards, having established that blood sample #21981 was taken from the horse “All Blinged Out”, owned by Keith S. Crupper and Team Gaudet and trained by Lacey Gaudet, following the running of the second race at Pimlico Race Course on May 25, 2017. The Stewards notified Ms. Gaudet on June 21, 2017 that: (1) the presence of dexamethasone, at this level, in the system of “All Blinged Out” at the time the horse ran constituted a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04 Drug Prohibition - Horses (2) she had the right to have the split sample tested by an independent laboratory prior to the Stewards conducting a hearing in this matter and (3) she had the right to be represented by counsel at the hearing.

The Stewards held a hearing on June 24, 2017, wherein Ms. Gaudet waived her right to legal counsel.

Based upon the evidence before them, the Stewards find the following:

  1. All Blinged Out” did carry dexamethasone, in its system when it finished first in the second race at Pimlico Race Course on May 25, 2017, a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04, Section C;
  2. Lacey Gaudet, as trainer, was the absolute insurer of, and responsible for, the condition of “All Blinged Out” at the time the horse ran (Sections D, E & F) ;
  3. A horse found to have carried a drug in its body during a race may be disqualified and the purse monies earned by that horse redistributed (Section G), and
  4. An individual found to have violated these Regulations may be subject to a fine issued by the stewards of up to $2,500 and a suspension of any license issued by the Maryland Racing Commission of up to 360 days.
    COMAR 09.10.03.02, Section A.

The Stewards hereby order that:

  1. Trainer Lacey Gaudet, be fined in the amount of Five Hundred dollars ($500.).
  2. Trainer Lacey Gaudet will be assigned one-half (1/2) Multiple Medication Violation Point.
    [COMAR 09.10.03.02 C]
  3. The horse “All Blinged Out”, be disqualified from the second race on May 25, 2017
    at Pimlico Race Course.
  4. The Horsemen’s Bookkeeper redistribute all purse monies for that race in accordance with the following order:

OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH
1st Hibernia Fire
2nd Don’t Be Scared
3rd Invisible Crown
4th Resident Scholar
5th Reid the News

All Blinged Out - unplaced

June 25, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-115 On June 24, 2017, the Stewards received notice from Truesdail Laboratories, Inc. that blood sample #22537, dated June 11, 2017, contained the drug phenylbutazone at 4.2 mg/ml which is in excess of the accepted threshold level of 2 mcg/ml of plasma or serum established by the MRC. The Stewards, having established that blood sample #22537 was taken from the horse “Puturseatbelton", owned and trained by Anthony Aguirre, following the running of the fifth race at Laurel Park on June 11, 2017. The Stewards notified Mr. Aguirre on June 24, 2017 that: (1) the presence of phenylbutazone, at this level, in the system of “Puturseatbelton” at the time the horse ran constituted a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04 Drug Prohibition - Horses (2) he had the right to have the split sample tested by an independent laboratory prior to the Stewards conducting a hearing in this matter and (3) he had the right to be represented by counsel at the hearing.

A hearing was held on June 25, 2017 wherein Mr. Aguirre waived his right to send a split sample and to legal counsel.

Based upon the evidence before them, the Stewards find the following:

  1. Puturseatbelton” did carry phenylbutazone, in its system when it finished second in the fifth race at Laurel Park on June 11, 2017, a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04, Section C;
  2. Anthony Aguirre, as trainer, was the absolute insurer of, and responsible for, the condition of “Puturseatbelton” at the time the horse ran (Sections D, E & F); and

The Stewards hereby order that:

  1. Trainer Anthony Aguirre, be fined in the amount of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.).
  2. Trainer Anthony Aguirre will be assigned one-half (1/2) Multiple Medication Violation Point.
    [COMAR 09.10.03.02 C]

June 30, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-116 Trainer, Keisy Cartagena, is fined two hundred dollars ($200.00) for failure to have the foal certificate on file with the Horse Identifier for her entry “Dancing Lounge”, entered to run in the second race at Laurel Park on June 30, 2017.
COMAR:09.10.01.20,A[1]

June 30, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-117 Jockey Angel Cruz, is fined one thousand five-hundred dollars ($1,500.00) and suspended five (5) days July 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2017, for failure to ride his mount “Phantom Shot” out to the finish in the ninth race at Laurel Park on June 25, 2017, thereby causing “Phantom Shot” to lose a placing in the order of finish.
[COMAR 09.10. 01.21, Q (1) (2)]