Weekly Rulings: Feb. 8-14, 2022

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Jeremiah Englehart | Sarah Andrew

Every week, the TDN publishes a roundup 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.

California
Track: Santa Anita
Date: 02/11/2022
Licensee: Aaron Eric Kroul, owner
Penalty: Suspension
Violation: Failure to appear before stewards on financial responsibility charges

Explainer: Owner Aaron Eric Kroul, having failed to respond to written notice to appear before the Board of Stewards at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 10, 2022, is suspended for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1547 (Failure to Appear) pending an appearance at a hearing before the Board of Stewards to answer to charges alleging violation of CHRB rule #1876 (Financial Responsibility–DVM John Araujo, $829.50). Suspension to commence on Feb. 18, 2022. During the term of this suspension, all licenses and license privileges of Aaron Eric Kroul are suspended and pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1528 (Jurisdiction of Stewards), subject is denied access to all premises in this jurisdiction.

Track: Santa Anita
Date: 02/11/2022
Licensee: Ruben Valdes, owner
Penalty: License restoration
Violation: N/A
Explainer: Owner Ruben Valdes, having complied with the provisions of California Horse Racing Board rule #1876 (Financial Responsibility–$4,240.00 to K C Horse Transport, Inc.) is restored to good standing. LATS #31 ruling issued at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 28, 2022, is set aside.

Track: Santa Anita
Date: 02/12/2022
Licensee: Ruben Gomez, trainer
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Late declaration
Explainer: Trainer Ruben Gomez, who was scheduled to start LADY MO in the fourth race at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 11, 2022, is fined $500.00 for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1629 (Penalty for Late Declaration–didn't want to run). *Rule #1532. Fine shall be paid to the Paymaster within calendar days from the date of this ruling, or the license of the person upon whom the fine has been imposed shall be suspended.

Track: Santa Anita
Date: 02/13/2022
Licensee: Jonathan Wong, trainer
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Late declaration

Explainer: Trainer Jonathan Wong, who was scheduled to start ATLANTIC STRIKE in the third race at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 12, 2022, is fined $500.00 for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1629 (Penalty for Late Declaration–didn't want to run).

New York
Track: Aqueduct
Date: 02/11/2022
Licensee: Michael Simmonds, trainer
Penalty: $500
Violation: Late scratch
Explainer: Trainer Mr. Michael Simmonds is hereby fined the sum of $500.00 dollars for failing to tend to business in a proper manner necessitating a late scratch in the sixth race on Jan. 23, 2022 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Track: Aqueduct
Date: 02/11/2022
Licensee: Michael Simmonds, trainer
Penalty: $300
Violation: Late scratch
Explainer: Mr. Michael Simmonds is hereby fined the sum of $500.00 dollars for failing to tend to business in a proper manner necessitating a late scratch in the ninth race on Jan. 23, 2022 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Track: Aqueduct
Date: 02/14/2022
Licensee: Jeremiah C Englehart, owner/trainer
Penalty: $500 fine and 7-day suspension
Violation: Medication violation

Explainer: Having received a report from the NYS Gaming Commission Equine Drug Testing Laboratory of the finding of Prednisolone in the body fluid sample taken from Horse “Catch That Party” (#5) which finished 2nd in the 6th race on Oct. 17, 2021, and having waived his right to appeal, Owner/Trainer Mr. Jeremiah C Englehart is suspended for 7 Calendar days effective Feb. 14-Feb. 20, 2022 inclusive and fined $500.00 dollars. Furthermore, the Stewards order horse “Catch That Party” disqualified from any part of the purse and the purse redistributed as follows:

  1. (#1) Chulainn
  2. (#9) Grape Nuts Warrior
  3. (#10) Cotton
  4. (#7) Agent Creed
  5. (#8) Fatima's Blessing
  6. (#4) Mr. Kringle
  7. (#2) Missionatthespa
  8. (#6) Regality
  9. (#3) Work Out

Ordered that during your period of suspension, you shall not directly or indirectly participate in New York State pari-mutuel horse racing. You are denied the privileges and use of the grounds of all racetracks, you are forbidden to participate in any share of purses or other payment. Every horse is denied the privileges of the grounds and shall not participate in pari-mutuel racing in New York State , that (a) is owned or trained by you, or by any individuals who serves as your agent or employee during your suspension; or (b) for which you during your suspension are directly or indirectly with training, including any arrangements to care for, train , enter, race, invoice, collect fees or other payments, manage funds, employ or insure workers, provide advise or other information or otherwise assist with any aspect of the training of such horses.

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