Weekly Rulings: May 3-9

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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: 05/06/2022
Licensee: Daniel Dunham, trainer
Penalty: $300 fine
Violation: Lack of documentation proving pre-race examination
Explainer: Trainer Daniel Dunham is fined $300 for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1581.1 (b)(1) (Entries – Documentation not provided that Mr. Dunham's attending veterinarian conducted an examination 72 hours preceding entry to the race).

Track: Santa Anita
Date: 05/06/2022
Licensee: Ryan Curatolo, jockey
Penalty: Four-day suspension
Violation: Careless riding (reinstatement of original ruling)
Explainer: Having received notice from the California Horse Racing Board that the appeal of LATS Ruling #90 (April 15, 2022) has been withdrawn, the original ruling is reinstated. Jockey Ryan Curatolo is suspended for 4 racing days (May 13, 14, 15 & 20, 2022). Pursuant to California Horse Racing Board Rule #1766 (Designated Races), the term of suspension shall not prohibit participation in designated races.

Track: Santa Anita
Date: 05/07/2022
Licensee: Emily Ellingwood, jockey
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Jockey Emily Ellingwood is fined $500 for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(b)(8)(d) (Use of Riding Crop–more than six times) during the third race at Santa Anita Park on May 6, 2022.

KENTUCKY
Many of the following rulings were not posted on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission website in time for inclusion last week.

Track: Keeneland
Date: 04/24/2022
Licensee: Gerardo Corrales, jockey
Penalty: $500
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: After a hearing before the Board of Stewards, Gerardo Corrales, who rode Cool Rags in the third race at Keeneland on April 24, 2022 is hereby fined $500 for his improper use of the crop by exceeding the allowable use in the overhand manner (2nd offense).

Track: Keeneland
Date: 04/27/2022
Licensee: Declan Cannon
Penalty: Three-day suspension
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: After a hearing before the Board of Stewards, Declan Cannon, who rode Hometown Hero in the first race at Keeneland on Apr. 24, 2022 was found to have violated the crop regulation. This being his first offense, Mr. Cannon was given the option and chose to serve a suspension. Declan Cannon is hereby suspended 3 racing days, April 30, May 3, and May 4, 2022 for his improper use of the crop by exceeding the allowable use in the overhand manner.

Track: Keeneland
Date: 04/27/2022
Licensee: Tyler Gaffalione
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: After a hearing before the Board of Stewards, Tyler Gaffalione, who rode Official Business in the first race at Keeneland on Apr. 24, 2022 was found to have violated the crop regulation. This being his first offense, Mr. Gaffalione was given the option and chose to pay a fine. Tyler Gaffalione is hereby fined $500 for his improper use of the riding crop by exceeding the allowable use in the overhand manner.

 

Track: Keeneland
Date: 04/27/2022
Licensee: Gregory Romero, jockey
Penalty: $500
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: After a hearing before the Board of Stewards, Gregory Romero, who rode Danzel in the third race at Keeneland on April 23, 2022 is hereby fined $500 for his improper use of the crop by exceeding the allowable use in the overhand manner (2nd offense).

Track: Keeneland
Date: 04/27/2022
Licensee: Gregory Romero, jockey
Penalty: Four-day suspension
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: After a hearing before the Board of Stewards, Gregory Romero, who rode Memphis Prayer in the second race at Keeneland on Apr. 24, 2022 was found to have violated the crop regulation (3rd offense). Gregory Romero is hereby suspended 4 racing days, May 11-14, 2022 (inclusive) for his improper use of the crop by exceeding the allowable use in the overhand manner.

Track: Keeneland
Date: 04/29/2022
Licensee: Johan Rosado, jockey
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: After being represented at a hearing before the Board of Stewards, Johan Rosado, who rode Fortune's Fool in the third race at Keeneland on Apr. 27, 2022 was found to have violated the crop regulation. This being his first offense, Mr. Rosado was given the option and chose to pay a fine. Declan Cannon is hereby fined $500 for his improper use of the crop by exceeding the allowable use in the overhand manner.

Track: Churchill Downs
Date: 05/02/2022
Licensee: Joseph Rocco Jr.
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: After being represented at a hearing before the Board of Stewards, Joseph Rocco Jr., who rode Thundering Crowd in the eighth race at Churchill Downs on Apr. 28, 2022 was found to have violated the crop regulation (2nd offense). Joseph Rocco Jr. is hereby fined $500 for his improper use of the crop by exceeding the allowable use in the overhand manner.

Track: Churchill Downs
Date: 05/04/2022
Licensee: Rene Diaz, jockey
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: After a hearing before the Board of Stewards, Rene Diaz, who rode Formal Order in the first race at Churchill Downs on Apr. 30, 2022 was found to have violated the crop regulation (2nd offense). Rene Diaz is hereby fined $500 for his improper use of the crop by exceeding the allowable use in the overhand manner.

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