Weekly Rulings: Aug. 22-28

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Every week, the TDN publishes a round-up of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky.
Here's a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where.
The TDN also posts a round-up of the relevant Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) related rulings from the same week. These include decisions from around the country.

NEW HISA/HIWU STEWARDS RULINGS
The following rulings were reported on HISA's “rulings” portal and through the Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit's “pending” and “resolved” cases portals.
This does not include the voided claim rulings which were sent to the TDN directly. Some of these rulings are from prior weeks as they were not reported contemporaneously.
One important note: HISA's whip use limit is restricted to six strikes during a race.

VIOLATIONS OF CROP RULE
Delaware Park
Fausto Da Silva – violation date Aug 24; $250 fine but no further records of the ruling
Del Mar
Jose Torrealba – violation date Aug 26; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes
Thistledown
Yan Paul Aviles – violation date Aug 22; $250 fine but no further records of the ruling
PENDING ADMC VIOLATIONS
Date: 08/16/2023
Licensee: Nevada Litfin, trainer
Penalty: Provisionally suspended
Alleged Violation: Intra-articular injection
Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3313–Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Method and/or Controlled Medication Substance during the Race Period —on the horse, Dominus Tecum. This is also a possible violation of Rule 4220–Controlled Medication Method; Rule 4212–Controlled Medication Substances Prohibited During the Race Period; Rule 2230–Possession of a Hypodermic Needle/Syringe
Date: 08/03/2023
Licensee: Angel J. Castillo Sanchez, trainer
Penalty: Provisionally suspended
Alleged Violation: Medication violation
Explainer: For the presence of Metformin—a banned substance—in a sample taken from Pylon who won at Delaware Park on 8/3/23. This is a possible violation of Rule 3212—Presence of a Banned Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.
Date: 07/30/2023
Licensee: Hector Palma, trainer
Penalty: Provisionally suspended
Alleged Violation: Medication violation
Explainer: For the presence of Methamphetamine—a banned substance—in a sample taken from Baladi, who finished fourth at Del Mar on 7/30/23. This is a possible violation of Rule 3212—Presence of a Banned Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.
Date: 07/29/2023
Licensee: Carlos Milian, trainer
Penalty: Provisionally suspended
Alleged Violation: Medication violation
Explainer: For the presence of Hydrochlorothiazide—a banned substance—in a sample taken from Junglherly Love. This is a possible violation of Rule 3212—Presence of a Banned Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.
Date: 07/29/2023
Licensee: Andy Mathis, trainer
Penalty: Pending
Alleged Violation: Medication violation
Explainer: For the presence of Phenylbutazone—Controlled Medications (Class C)—in a sample taken from Like No Other, who finished eighth at Del Mar on 7/29/23. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.
Date: 07/27/2023
Licensee: James Russell Jackson, trainer
Penalty: Pending
Alleged Violation: Intra-articular injection
Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3314—Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Substance or a Controlled Medication Method—on the horse, I Wanna Win. This is also a possible violation of Rule 4222–Intra-Articular Injections Within Seven (7) Days of Timed and Reported Workout.
Date: 07/20/2023
Licensee: Cassondra Weaver, trainer
Penalty: Pending
Alleged Violation: Medication violation
Explainer: For the presence of Acepromazine—Controlled Medications (Class B)—in a sample taken from Coyote Runner. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of a Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List Workout)
Note: HIWU had previously listed trainer Arnoud Dobber as Coyote Runner's responsible “covered person.”
Date: 07/09/2023
Licensee: Jackie Riddle, trainer
Penalty: Pending
Alleged Violation: Medication violation
Explainer: For the presence of Methocarbamol—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Drinkroundthetruth, who finished second at Ruidoso Downs on 7/9/23. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.
Date: 06/24/2023
Licensee: Jorge Rosales, trainer
Penalty: Pending
Alleged Violation: Medication violation
Explainer: For the presence of Dexamethasone—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Youonlylivetwice. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of a Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List Workout)
Date: 06/18/2023
Licensee: A Ferris Allen III, trainer
Penalty: Pending
Alleged Violation: Medication violation
Explainer: For the presence of Acepromazine—Controlled Medications (Class B)—in a sample taken from Musical Cat. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of a Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List Workout)
RESOLVED ADMC VIOLATIONS
Date: 08/04/2023
Licensee: Dick Cappellucci, trainer
Penalty: 30-day period of Ineligibility beginning on August 29, 2023; Disqualification of Covered Horse's Race results, including forfeiture of all purses and other compensation, prizes, trophies, points, and rankings and repayment or surrender (as applicable); a fine of $2,500; imposition of 3 Penalty Points.
Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3313— Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Substance or a Controlled Medication Method—on the horse, Tee Roy. This is also a possible violation of Rule 4222—Intra-Articular Injections Within Fourteen (14) Days of Post-Time.
Date: 07/31/2023
Licensee: Steve Asmussen, trainer
Penalty: A fine of $3,000; imposition of 3 Penalty Points
Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3314—Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Substance or a Controlled Medication Method—on the horse, Bramito. This is also a possible violation of Rule 4222—Intra-Articular Injections Within Seven (7) Days of Timed and Reported Workout
Date: 07/19/2023
Licensee: David Reid, trainer
Penalty: Disqualification of Covered Horse's Race results, including forfeiture of all purses and other compensation, prizes, trophies, points, and rankings and repayment or surrender (as applicable); a fine of $500; imposition of 1.5 Penalty Points.
Explainer: For the presence of Phenylbutazone—Controlled Medications (Class C)—in a sample taken from Grand Hideaway, who won at Hawthorne on 7/19/23. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.
Date: 07/08/2023
Licensee: Sergio Alvarez, trainer
Penalty: Disqualification of Covered Horse's Race results, including forfeiture of all purses and other compensation, prizes, trophies, points, and rankings and repayment or surrender (as applicable); a fine of $500; imposition of 1.5 Penalty Points.
Explainer: For the presence of Methocarbamol—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Mischief Mame, who finished third at Emerald Downs on 7/8/23. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.
Date: 07/06/2023
Licensee: Jeff Fletcher, trainer
Penalty: Disqualification of Covered Horse's Race results, including forfeiture of all purses and other compensation, prizes, trophies, points, and rankings and repayment or surrender (as applicable); a fine of $500; imposition of 1.5 Penalty Points.
Explainer: For the presence of Flunixin—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Tier One. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.
Date: 06/30/2023
Licensee: Samuel Calvario, trainer
Penalty: A fine of $500; imposition of 1.5 Penalty Points.
Explainer: For the presence of Triamcinolone—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Griffith Park. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.
Date: 06/28/2023
Licensee: Mario Serey Jr., trainer
Penalty: Disqualification of Covered Horse's Race results, including forfeiture of all purses and other compensation, prizes, trophies, points, and rankings and repayment or surrender (as applicable); a fine of $500; imposition of 1.5 Penalty Points.
Explainer: For the presence of Phenylbutazone—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Harper's Do, who finished seventh at Delaware Park on 6/28/2023. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.

Date: 06/25/2023
Licensee: Benjamin Feliciano Jr., trainer
Penalty: A fine of $1,000; imposition of 3 Penalty Points.
Explainer: For the presence of Phenylbutazone and Methocarbamol—both Controlled Medications (Class C)—in a sample taken from Orville Street. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.

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