NJ Commission Suspends Cobb

Delaware Park | Sarah Andrew


Amber Cobb, the Thoroughbred owner and trainer who in 2021 had her Delaware licensure revoked through 2022 for “still participating in horse racing while under suspension” for “improper or inhumane treatment” of a horse, had her New Jersey licensure suspended and was fined $11,000 in a June 7, 2023, ruling issued by the racing commission in that state.

It was unclear at deadline for this story if Cobb, 35, planned an appeal.

The New Jersey ruling cited violations related to Cobb's training base at Westampton Farms in Westampton, New Jersey, between January and March 2021.

The ruling stated that Cobb “did possess hypodermic needles and syringes on the grounds of the licensed off-track stabling facility; did possess six injectable bottles of foreign substances, including four injectable bottles of prescription legend drugs on the grounds of the licensed off-track stabling facility,” and did strike one of the horses under her care “with a pitchfork, causing the horse to rear up and flip over on its back, leaving the horse in distress and unable to move.”

An initial 60-day suspension in Delaware stemmed from the same horse-striking incident, which was captured on a video recorded by a stable employee.

The New Jersey ruling stated Cobb was a no-show at her March 20, 2023, hearing. Her previous Delaware revocation was also the result of skipping a post-suspension hearing in which she was summoned to “answer to complaints and allegations of past abuse and neglect of horses in her care.”

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