Weekly Stewards and Commissions Rulings Sept. 12-18

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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 on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where.

With the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) having gone into effect on July 1, the TDN will also post a roundup of the relevant HISA-related rulings from the same week.

California
Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/16/2022
Licensee: Victor Espinoza, jockey
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Jockey Victor Espinoza, who rode ANGEL NADESHIKO in the eighth race at Del Mar Race Track on September 11, 2022, is fined $500.00 for violation of Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority rule #2280(c)(4) (Use of Riding Crop – use of riding crop after the finish of the race).

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/17/2022
Licensee: Erick Garcia, jockey
Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Having violated the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2280 (Use of Riding Crop) and pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – Class 3), Jockey Erick Garcia, who rode DREAMER GIRL in the third race at Los Alamitos Race Course on September 16, 2022, is suspended for ONE (1) day (September 23, 2022), and fined $250.00 for one (1) strike over the limit. Furthermore, Jockey Erick Garcia is assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on March 17, 2023, six (6) months from the date of final adjudication pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties).

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/18/2022
Licensee: Juan Lopez, jockey
Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Having violated the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2280 (Use of Riding Crop) and pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – Class 3), Jockey Juan Lopez, who rode MINING CRYPTO in the second race at Los Alamitos Race Course on September 17, 2022, is suspended for one (1) day (September 24, 2022), and fined $250.00 for three (3) strikes over the limit. Furthermore, Jockey Juan Lopez is assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on March 18, 2023, six (6) months from the date of final adjudication pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – second offense since September 2, 2022). Jockey Juan Lopez has accrued a total of six (6) points.

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/18/2022
Licensee: Ricardo Ramirez, jockey
Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Having violated the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2280 (Use of Riding Crop) and pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – Class 3), Jockey Ricardo Ramirez, who rode ASPHALT ANDY in the fourth race at Los Alamitos Race Course on September 17, 2022, is suspended for ONE (1) day (September 24, 2022), and fined $250.00 for one (1) strike over the limit. Furthermore, Jockey Ricardo Ramirez is assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on March 18, 2023, six (6) months from the date of final adjudication pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties–third offense since July 4, 2022). Ricardo Ramirez has accrued a total of nine (9) points.

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/18/2022
Licensee: Peter Miller, trainer
Penalty: $3,000 fine
Violation: Out of competition medication use
Explainer: Trainer Peter Miller, who administered an intra-articular corticosteroid injection to the horse LIAM'S DOVE on June 22, 2022, is fined $3,000 for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1866.3(c)(e) (Intra-articular Injections Restricted – treatment within ten [10] days of workout).

New York
Track: Aqueduct
Date: 09/17/2022
Licensee: Edgar Bayeh, agent
Penalty: $2,500
Violation: Violation of claiming transfer rules
Explainer: Mr. Edgar Bayeh is hereby fined the sum of $2,500 dollars for violating rule # 4038.4 Sale, transfer restricted. This for transfering horses to another trainer prior to the 30 days from the date of the claim.

Track: Aqueduct
Date: 09/17/2022
Licensee: Mitchell Friedman, trainer
Penalty: $2,500
Violation: Violation of claiming transfer rules
Explainer: Mr. Mitchell Friedman is hereby fined the sum of two thousand five hundred ($2,500) dollars for violating rule #4038.4 Sale, transfer restricted. This for transfering horses to another trainer prior to the 30 days from the date of the claims.

Track: Aqueduct
Date: 09/17/2022
Licensee: Javier Castellano, jockey
Penalty: $1,500 fine
Violation: Unfulfilled riding obligations
Explainer: Jockey Mr. Javier Castellano is hereby fined the sum of one thousand five hundred ($1,500) dollars for failing to fulfill his riding obligations.

Kentucky
The following rulings are from prior weeks and have only recently been posted.

Track: Kentucky Downs
Date: 09/12/2022
Licensee: Joel Rosario, jockey
Penalty: Three-day suspension
Violation: Careless riding
Explainer: After a hearing before the Board of Stewards, Joel Rosario who rode Happy Gal in the sixth race at Kentucky Downs on September 8, 2022, is hereby suspended three days, September 18, September 19 and September 20, 2022 for careless riding in the stretch tat resulted in the disqualification of his mount.

Track: Kentucky Downs
Date: 09/14/2022
Licensee: Chris Hartman, trainer
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Prohibited electronic therapeutic treatment
Explainer: After waiving his right to a formal hearing before the Board of Stewards, Chris Hartman is hereby fined $500 for prohibited electronic therapeutic treatment (use of portable handheld massager) of Necker Island within 24 hours prior to post time of race nine at Kentucky Downs on September 10, 2022 in violation of 810 KAR 8:010 Section 3 (7), which necessitated a late scratch.

NEW HISA STEWARDS RULINGS
Note: While HISA has shared these rulings over the past week, some of them originate from prior weeks.

Violations of Crop Rule

Albuquerque Downs
Cordarelton J. Benn–ruling date September 18, 2022
Luis Ramon Rodriguez–ruling date September 18, 2022

Arapahoe Park
Pacific Harbor–ruling date September 13, 2022

Delaware Park
Jeremy Alicea–ruling date September 13, 2022
Jean Alvelo–ruling date September 13, 2022
Gerardo Milan–ruling date September 16, 2022

Emerald Downs
Jacob Ryan Samuels-Wynecoop–ruling date September 18, 2022

Fanduel / Fairmount Park
Carlos Ulloa–ruling date September 13, 2022
Alvin Ortiz–ruling date September 13, 2022

Golden Gate Fields
Evin Roman–ruling date September 18, 2022

Horseshoe Indianapolis
Edgar Morales–ruling date September 12, 2022
Mickaelle Michel–ruling date September 13, 2022
Marcelino Pedroza–ruling date September 14, 2022
Abel Lezcano–ruling date September 15, 2022
Bryan Rivera–ruling date September 15, 2022
Orlando Mojica–ruling date September 15, 2022
Marcelino Pedroza–ruling date September 15, 2022

Kentucky Downs
Rafael Bejarano–ruling date September 12, 2022
Tyler Gaffalione–ruling date September 12, 2022
Edward Baird–ruling date September 12, 2022
Jack Gilligan–ruling date September 13, 2022
Francisco Arrieta–ruling date September 14, 2022

Mountaineer Park
Jason Simpson–ruling date September 14, 2022
Alex Gonzalez–ruling date September 14, 2022
Jose Luis Vega–ruling date September 14, 2022
Angel Diaz–ruling date September 14, 2022
Marco Camaque–ruling date September 14, 2022

Parx Racing
Hay Nineteen–ruling date September 14, 2022

Prairie Meadows
Alex Birzer–ruling date September 17, 2022

Presque Isle Downs
Ramon Romero–ruling date September 13, 2022

Remington Park
Luis Quinonez–ruling date September 16, 2022

Saratoga
Nazario Alvarado–ruling date September 13, 2022
Luis Cardenas–ruling date September 13, 2022
Amin Castillo–ruling date September 16, 2022
Kendrick Carmouche–ruling date September 17, 2022

Thistledown
T. J. Houghton–ruling date September 12, 2022

Voided Claims

FanDuel/Fairmount Park
Bows N Lace–ruling date September 17, 2022

Monmouth Park
Kamenshek–ruling date September 17, 2022

Mountaineer Park
Federale–ruling date September 13, 2022
Spirit Mission–ruling date September 14, 2022

Thistledown
Venetian Dream–ruling date September 12, 2022
Amigo's Affair–ruling date September 12, 2022
Rumpole–ruling date September 13, 2022
Kissthecross–ruling date September 13, 2022

Violations Involving Forfeiture of Purse
Saratoga
Amin Castillo–twelve strikes; $500 fine; 3-day suspension; purse redistribution

Emerald Downs
Jacob Ryan Samuels-Wynecoop–eleven strikes; $500 fine; 3-day suspension; 5 points; purse redistribution

Saratoga
Kendrick Carmouche–ten strikes; $500 fine; 3-day suspension; 5 points; purse redistribution

Mountaineer Park
Jason Simpson–ten strikes; $500 fine; 3-day suspension; 5 points; purse redistribution

Appeal Request Updates
Delaware Park
Ademar Santos
Crop rule violation
Ruling date September 3, 2022
Appeal filed September 13, 2022
No stay requested

Saratoga

Amin Castillo
Crop rule violation
Ruling date September 16, 2022
Appeal filed September 18, 2022
No stay requested

Golden Gate Fields
Evin Roman
Crop rule violation
Ruling date September 18, 2022
Appeal filed September 18, 2022
Stay requested/subsequently denied

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