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November 2017 Thoroughbred Rulings - Maryland Racing Commission

November 4, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-176 In the matter of Trainer Anthony Farrior, regarding the Stewards Rulings #17-037 and #17-046.

On October 26, 2017, the appeal of trainer Anthony Farrior was heard before the Maryland Racing Commission. The findings of the case are as follows;

  1. The fine of five hundred dollars($500.) and the suspension of fifteen days (15) shall be rescinded.
  2. Trainer Farrior will receive no Multiple Medication Points
  3. The horse “Spirit of Freedom”, be disqualified from the ninth race on January 21, 2017 at Laurel Park.
  4. The Horsemen’s Bookkeeper redistribute all purse monies for that race in accordance with the following order:

OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH

1st Saturday Sunshine
2nd Surfspun
3rd Outfielder
4th Benny and Alex
5th Zipping By
6th Melting Pot
7th Shouk
8th Mr. Tiger

Spirit of Freedom- unplaced

November 4, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-177 Trainer Patricia Farro is fined twenty-five dollars ($25.00)
for not having the colors for “Soul Prince”, entered to run in the eighth race at Laurel Park on November 3, 2017, after receiving a warning on (10/16/2017 ) for the same offense.
THIS IS A VIOLATION OF: [COMAR 09.10.01.09]

November 5, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-178 Trainer Keith Nations is fined twenty-five dollars ($25.00)
for not having the colors for “Irish Major”, entered to run in the third race at Laurel Park on November 4, 2017, after receiving a warning on (10/07/2017 ) for the same offense.
THIS IS A VIOLATION OF: [COMAR 09.10.01.09]

November 10, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-179 In the matter of trainer Jesus Cruz;

On November 6, 2017, trainer Jesus Cruz appeared before the Stewards to answer charges that he had committed a violation of COMAR 09.10.04.19 Workers’ Compensation. Trainer Cruz appeared in the absence of counsel and waived his right thereto.

At the hearing, the Stewards determined that:

  1. On September 30, 2017, trainer Cruz employed a stable employee to run his entry, “Reward the Gypsy”, in the twelfth race at Laurel Park,
  2. Trainer Cruz does not carry Workers’ Compensation insurance, and
  3. Maryland Racing Commission regulations, under Section A of COMAR 09.10.04.19, require that a licensee who employs one or more individuals in “a racing-related activity” carry Workers’ Compensation insurance.

Based upon the above, and in accordance with the penalties they have issued in the past for similar violations, the Stewards hereby order Jesus Cruz to pay a fine in the amount of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00).

November 10, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-180 Trainer, H. Graham Motion, fined two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00)
for failure to report the proper gender of his entry “Reciprocity” that ran on November 6, 2017.

November 12, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-181 On September 27, 2017, the Stewards received notice from the Truesdail Laboratories, Inc. that blood sample #14172, dated September 16, 2017, contained the drug cobalt which is not on the approved list of Controlled Therapeutic Substances for the Maryland Racing Commission.
The Stewards established that blood sample #14172 was taken from the horse “Blu Moon Ace”, owned by Robert L. Cole, Jr. and trained by Kevin S. Patterson, following the running of the ninth race at Laurel Park on September 16, 2017. The Stewards notified Mr. Patterson that: (1) the presence of cobalt, over the allotted threshold, in the system of “Blu Moon Ace” 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. Patterson 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 cobalt was present in sample #14172 dated September 16, 2017, at a quantity level of 58+-1 ng/ml, the Stewards held a hearing regarding this result on November 9, 2017. Mr. Patterson waived his right to legal counsel.

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

  1. Blu Moon Ace” did carry cobalt in its system when it finished second in the ninth race at Laurel Park on September 16, 2017, a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04, Section C;
  2. Kevin S. Patterson, as trainer, was the absolute insurer of, and responsible for, the condition of “Blu Moon Ace” at the time the horse ran (Sections D & 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 Kevin S. Patterson, be fined in the amount of Five Hundred dollars ($500.).
  2. Trainer Patterson be suspended fifteen (15) days.
  3. The horse “Blu Moon Ace”, be disqualified from the ninth race on September 16, 2017 at Laurel Park.
  4. The Horsemen’s Bookkeeper redistribute all purse monies for that race in accordance
    with the following order:

OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH

1st Chublicious
2nd Whitmore
3rd Awesome Banner

Blu Moon Ace- unplaced

Another hearing was held on November 9, 2017 to assess MMV points to Mr. Patterson.

Trainer Kevin S. Patterson will be assigned four (4) Multiple Medication Violation Points.
[Comar 09.10.03.02 C]

November 12, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-182 Trainer Patricia Farro is fined $100.00
for not having the colors for, “Blavastki”, entered to run in thefourth race at Laurel Park on November 10, 2017, after receiving a $25.00 fine on (10/03/17) for the same offense.
THIS IS A VIOLATION OF: [COMAR 09.10.01.09]

November 13, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-183 In the matter of Trainer Jose Corrales, regarding the Stewards Rulings #17-112 and #17-120

On September 28, 2017, the appeal of trainer Jose Corrales was heard before the Maryland Racing Commission. The findings of the case are as follows;

  1. Trainer Jose Corrales, be fined in the amount of Five Hundred dollars ($500.).
  2. Trainer Corrales be suspended fifteen (15) days. Starting November 21, 2017 and running through
    December 5, 2017.
  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

November 13, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-184 Trainer, Hernan Parra is fined twenty-five dollars ($25.00)
for not having the colors for “Double Derby Perks”, entered to run in the ninth race at Laurel Park on November 12, 2017, after receiving a warning on (11/10/2017 ) for the same offense.
THIS IS A VIOLATION OF: [COMAR 09.10.01.09]

November 13, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-185 Trainer, Kimberly Graci is fined twenty-five dollars ($25.00)
for not having the colors for “Real Fact”, entered to run in the third race at Laurel Park on November 12, 2017, after receiving a warning on (10/16/2017 ) for the same offense.
THIS IS A VIOLATION OF: [COMAR 09.10.01.09]

November 18, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-186 Trainer, Ronald Potts is fined twenty-five dollars ($25.00)
for not having the colors for “Smokin’anddrinkin”, entered to run in the third race at Laurel Park on November 17, 2017, after receiving a warning on (10/30/2017 ) for the same offense.
THIS IS A VIOLATION OF: [COMAR 09.10.01.09]

November 19, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-187 In the matter of the ninth race at Laurel Park on September 16, 2017, regarding the Stewards Ruling #17-181, involving the horse "Blu Moon Ace”.

On November 13, 2017 trainer Kevin Patterson filed an appeal with the Maryland Racing Commission, on behalf of himself and Robert L. Cole, Jr. the owner of “Blu Moon Ace”. The appeal disputes the Stewards' decision to sanction Mr. Patterson and disqualify "Blu Moon Ace”, second place finisher of the ninth race at Laurel Park on September 16, 2017.

As a result of that appeal, the ninth race on September 16, 2017, is hereby declared in dispute and the following ordered to remain in effect until the dispute has been settled by the Maryland Racing Commission:

  1. All penalties to Mr. Patterson be stayed until such time as his case is heard before the Maryland Racing Commission.
  2. The purse monies affected by the dispute are to be held by the Horsemen's Bookkeeper.
    [COMAR 09.10.04.15, A(1)]

November 23, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-188 Stable employee, Bryan Benner is restored to good standing.

November 24, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-189 Exercise rider, Jomar Quinones is suspended for thirty (30) days
, for disobeying the orders of the jockeys room security guard. This suspension however, is stayed under the provision, he is not involved in another on track incident for a period of 365 days from the date of this ruling.
COMAR 09.10.01.45

November 30, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-190 In the third race, at Laurel Park on November 25, 2017, horse #6 “Devine Entry”, ridden by jockey, Horacio Karamanos was disqualified
from first position and placed second, behind horse #3 “Oldfashioned Club” ridden by jockey Julian Pimentel. Inside the 1/8th pole, #6 “Devine Entry” was angled in and came over on #3 “Oldfashioned Club”, causing the rider to hesitate and alter course.
[Violation under COMAR 09.10.01.50, A (1) d , which states in pertinent parts: “A horse may not: (d) Imtimidate another horse.]

OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH:

1st Oldfashioned Club
2nd Devine Entry

November 30, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-191 Jockey, Horacio Karamanos, is suspended three (3) Maryland racing days
, December 2, 3 & 4, 2017, for riding the horse “Devine Entry” in a careless manner in the third race at Laurel Park on November 25, 2017, thereby causing the disqualification of “Devine Entry” from first to second position.

Inside the 1/8th pole, #6 “Devine Entry” was angled in and came over on #3 “Oldfashioned Club”,
Causing the rider to hesitate and alter course.

However, jockey Karamanos has designated the “Claiming Crown Glass Slipper” stakes, to be run at Gulfstream Park on December 2, 2017. The Stewards have granted his request to ride in the other Stakes that day to which he is named on; in as much as jockey Karamanos will serve an additional day of suspension on December 8, 2017.
[COMAR 09.10.01.45AA (2)(c)(d).]

[Violation under COMAR 09.10.01.50, A (1) d , which states in pertinent parts: “A horse may not: (d) Imtimidate another horse.

November 30, 2017 - Laurel Park
#17-192 In the matter of the fourth race at Laurel Park on November 25, 2017;

Just before the start of the race #15 “Ruth Less Blue” charged the gate and popped the doors open. The assistant starter held onto the horse in an attempt to keep him from breaking through the gate. Almost simultaneously the starter released the field, at which time the assistant starter still had control of “Ruth Less Blue”. Although the gate doors of “Ruth Less Blue” did open a split second before the field, the Stewards, through video replay and interviews, determined that “Ruth Less Blue” was at a disadvantage at the start of the race. The Stewards ordered that “Ruth Less Blue” run for purse money only because the assistant starter held onto the horse causing him to break behind the field. The Stewards also ordered that all wagers on #15 “Ruth Less Blue” be refunded.
COMAR 09.10.01.45