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December 2019 Thoroughbred Rulings - Maryland Racing Commission

December 13, 2019 - Laurel Park #19-151 Trainer, Crystal Pickett is fined one hundred dollars ($100.00) for not having the colors for “Smart Entry”, entered to run in the fifth race at Laurel Park on December 8, 2019, after receiving a fine on (11/23/2019) for the same offense.
THIS IS A VIOLATION OF: [COMAR 09.10.01.09]

December 13, 2019 - Laurel Park #19-152 Stable employee, Francisco Garcia-Barajas, is fined One Hundred dollars ($100.00) for having an altered MRC badge.

December 15, 2019 - Laurel Park #19-153 In the matter of Jockey, Feargal Lynch; On December 15, 2019, Feargal Lynch withdrew his appeal with the Maryland Racing Commission. Mr. Lynch will serve three (3) Maryland racing days December 20, 21 and 22, 2019.
[COMAR 09.10.01.45 AA (1) (2)]

December 21, 2019 - Laurel Park #19-154 Trainer Carlos Mancilla is fined Two Hundred and Fifty dollars ($250.) for submitting an unwarranted scratch on his horse “Group Text”, entered to run in the third race at Laurel Park on December 20, 2019.

December 29, 2019 - Laurel Park #19-155 Trainer, Crystal Pickett is fined One hundred dollars ($100.00) for not having the colors for “Smart Entry”, entered to run in the second race at Laurel Park on December 28, 2019, after receiving a fine on (21/08/2019) for the same offense.
THIS IS A VIOLATION OF: [COMAR 09.10.01.09]

December 29, 2019 - Laurel Park #19-156 Trainer, Timothy Grams is fined twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for not having the colors for “Mayan Queen”, entered to run in the first race at Laurel Park on December 26, 2019, after receiving a warning on (12/01/2019 ) for the same offense.
THIS IS A VIOLATION OF: [COMAR 09.10.01.09]

December 29, 2019 - Laurel Park #19-157 On December 26, 2019, the Stewards received notice from Truesdail Laboratories, Inc. that blood sample #36064, dated November 30, 2019, contained the drugs dexamethasone at 71+-2 pg/ml which is in excess of the accepted threshold level of 5pg/ml established by the MRC. See COMAR09.10.03.01 The Stewards established that blood sample #36064 was taken from the horse “Hill Shadow”, owned by Mrs. Frank P. Wright and trained by Robin Graham , following the running of the third race at Laurel Park on November 30, 2019. The Stewards notified Ms. Graham that: (1) the presence of dexamethasone at this level in the system of “Hill Shadow” 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 December 29, 2019, wherein Ms. Graham waived her right to legal counsel and a split sample.

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

  1. Hill Shadow” did carry an overage of dexamethasone, in its system when it finished second in the third race at Laurel Park on November 30, 2019, a violation under
    COMAR 09.10.03.04,C;
  2. Robin Graham, as trainer, was the absolute insurer of, and responsible for, the condition of “Hill Shadow” at the time the horse ran (Sections D & F);

Based upon the foregoing, the Stewards hereby order that: Trainer Robin Graham, be fined in the amount of Five Hundred dollars ($500.).

A separate hearing was held to address the Multiple Medication Violation Point system.
Trainer Robin Graham will be assigned one-half (1/2) Multiple Medication Violation Point.
[COMAR 09.10.03.02 C]

December 26, 2019 - Laurel Park #19-158 The Stewards do hereby rescind the 2019 MRC pony rider license, issued to Jazmine McGuin. This license was issued in error.

December 29, 2019 - Laurel Park #19-159 The below listed licensees have been fined for failure to have the 2018-19 license badges they had been issued by the Maryland Racing Commission.
[COMAR 09.10.04.11, C.]
- WILLIAMS, Olivia $5.00
- WILLIAMS, Edeler $5.00
- WILLIAMS, Slater $5.00
- WARNER, Connie $5.00
- GRADY, Michael, Sr. $5.00
- ARIAS, Marcos $5.00
- GALLEGOS, Eduardo $5.00
- CABRERA, Emilio $5.00
(Note: The fines have been paid)
BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS