Suspension

Richard Vega Suspended by Parx Stewards

According to a ruling posted on the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission's website, trainer Ricardo (Richie) Vega had been "summarily suspended" by the stewards at Parx Racetrack. The story was first reported by the website www.theracingbiz.com. The decision comes after the racing commission staged a backstretch raid at Parx over the weekend of May 22-23. Investigators searched cars, barns and grooms' quarters. Tom Chuckas, who heads the Pennsylvania Racing Commission, reported to his fellow regulators during a Zoom call that "a significant amount of contraband" had been uncovered and that the...

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Sadler's Flagstaff Tests Positive for Biphosphonate

The John Sadler-trained Flagstaff (Speightstown) tested positive for Clodronic Acid, a bisphosphonate otherwise known as Osphos, after finishing second at Santa Anita Sept. 27 last year, according to a California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) complaint. As per the complaint, dated Mar. 24, an Osphos positive is a Class 1, Category A penalty. A split sample confirmed the original finding, the complaint states. Sadler is currently on a year's probation in accordance with a settlement agreement and mutual release with the CHRB, as part of which Sadler was fined $15,000 and...

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Rob Havlin Cops 21-Day Ban

Jockey Rob Havlin was banned for three weeks by the Lingfield stewards after finishing second aboard John and Thady Gosden's 16-1 second string Stowell (GB) (Zoffany {Ire}) on Wednesday evening. The Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Novice S. was won by fellow Gosden trainee Polling Day (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) with Frankie Dettori in the irons as the 2-9 crowd's pick. Havlin's mount met with some traffic throughout the race, but was making up ground while under a conservative ride to miss by a head. There was a...

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Joe Sharp Handed 30-Day Suspension, Will Appeal

Trainer Joe Sharp has been hit with a 30-day suspension and fined $2,500 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) after five horses he trained tested positive for the medication levamisole during a 16-day period at Churchill Downs in November, 2019. Sharp has said that the levamisole was found in an over-the-counter dewormer he purchased and used to treat his horses. He said he consulted with veterinarians before using the product and was told that it complied with pertinent racing and medication regulations. In addition to the Kentucky positives, eight...

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Ben Curtis banned 14 Days After Breaching COVID-19 Protocols

Jockey Ben Curtis was escorted from Newmarket Friday and will be sidelined for 14 days after breaching COVID-19 protocols. The all-weather champion for the 2019/20 campaign, he currently is fourth in the Flat jockeys' championship standings. A British Horseracing Authority spokesperson said Friday, "He will not be permitted to enter a racecourse for 14 days from today as per the published COVID-19 requirements whilst the matter is investigated further." Trainer Gary Moore was fined £750 earlier this month after breaching protocols at Goodwood, while Mark Gillard and his assistant Steven...

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Oisin Murphy to Miss St Leger Meeting

After opting not to appeal a seven-day suspension from Sept. 7-13, Oisin Murphy will miss the Pertemps St Leger Festival at Doncaster (Sept. 9-12). Ayr stewards suspended the rider for careless riding aboard winner Tiritomba in Monday's Shadwell Stud Maiden S. "It is going to be difficult to sit a week out, but if the stewards on the day feel I deserve to get a week's suspension, it is likely the [British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel] will agree with them. I don't want to waste anyone else's time or my...

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Oisin Murphy Banned for a Week

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy was suspended for a seven-day period after being found guilty of careless riding at Ayr aboard Tiritomba (Ire) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) on Monday. The winning filly appeared to drive across the runner-up Ricksen (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) with Paul Mulrennan in the irons at the finish on Aug. 24. The stewards determined that Murphy "allowed his mount to drift left for a considerable time without sufficient correction causing Mulrennan to take a significant check and clip heels." Murphy leads in the jockeys' championship by 18 winners...

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Ky Racing Commission Shoots Down Dutrow Attempt to be Reinstated

Suspended trainer Rick Dutrow's attempts to resume his career were dealt a blow Tuesday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's License Review Committee. After hearing from Dutrow and others who testified on his behalf, the committee voted unanimously to allow Dutrow to withdraw his application for a license. It was within the committee's right to grant Dutrow a license, with or without conditions. Dutrow's attorney, Karen Murphy, reluctantly agreed and withdrew the application for the license. Dutrow was suspended for 10 years in 2011 by New York regulators for what...

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Chapa, Back from a 5-year Buzzer Suspension, Rides in Colorado

Roman Chapa, the jockey who has been suspended three times since the 1990s for possessing illicit shocking objects that can frighten a horse into running faster, rode his first race back on Monday since completing a five-year suspension and paying a $100,000 fine after getting caught with an electrical "buzzer" at Sam Houston Race Park in 2015. Chapa finished fourth on 27-1 Uzi (Overanalyze) in the $20,000 Inaugural S. on the June 8 opening-day card at Arapahoe Park in Colorado. In February, Chapa got his riding license reinstated by the...

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Horse Racing in Ireland Suspended Until Apr. 19

All sporting events in Ireland have been suspended following an announcement from the Irish Government. Racing has been continuing to stage meetings behind closed doors since Mar. 13, as countries around the world try to limit the spread of the coronavirus. However, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced on Tuesday that all sporting events, even those without spectators, would be cancelled. Racing in Britain was suspended from last Wednesday, with no action anticipated before May 1 at the earliest. Racing had been due to take place at Dundalk on Wednesday. The Board...

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Report: Baxter Suspended 25 Days

Florida-based trainer Georgina Baxter has been suspended 25 days and hit with a $7,500 fine after three of her horses tested positive for two non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. The suspension began Feb. 24 and will run through Mar. 19. According to documents from the state's racing regulatory agency, the Florida Division of Business and Professional Regulations, 10-year-old Trev (Exclusive Quality), 11-year-old Blings Express (Too Much Bling) and 6-year-old Fallen Leaf (A.P. Warrior) were found to have excessive amounts of the anti-inflammatories flunixin...

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Vitali's Racing Sanctions Surface Anew in Pot-Growing Venture

Marcus Vitali, a Thoroughbred trainer with a lengthy history of medication violations who is currently serving a one-year suspension for interfering with and impeding a 2019 drug investigation at Delaware Park, is attempting to shift his focus to a new business venture in Massachusetts: legal marijuana cultivation. But even before Vitali can take the first municipal step in a state that has one of the most stringent licensure processes in the nation for recreational marijuana cultivation, his litany of racing violations is drawing scrutiny in the local press. According to...

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