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March 2022 Thoroughbred Rulings - Maryland Racing Commission

DATE: March 6, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-036 In the matter of the fifth race at Pimlico Race Course on June 5, 2021;

On March 5, 2022 owner/trainer John Salzman, Jr. withdrew his appeal with the Maryland Racing Commission. The 5th race from June 5, 2021 is now declared official.

The purse monies affected by the dispute are to be released by the Horsemen's Bookkeeper.

 

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

DATE: March 11, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-037 In the matter of the first race at Pimlico Race Course on May 31, 2021;

On March 1, 2022, the Maryland Racing Commission convened to hear the appeal of trainer Richard Sillaman. The Commission voted to uphold the Stewards decision in this matter of a medication overage and subsequent disqualification of the horse “Hoss Kitten”. The trainer of “Hoss Kitten”, Richard Sillaman has accepted the decision and will not exercise his right to appeal.
The purse monies affected by the dispute are to be released by the Horsemen's Bookkeeper.

 

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS


DATE: March 13, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-038 In the matter of the third and sixth races at Pimlico Race Course on May 31, 2022;

On March 11, 2022 rainer Claudio A. Gonzalez withdrew his appeal with the Maryland Racing Commission. The 3rd and 6th races from May 31, 2021 is now declared official.

The purse monies affected by the dispute are to be released by the Horsemen's Bookkeeper.

 

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

DATE: March 17, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-039 In the sixth race at Laurel Park on March 13, 2022, horse #1 “Going to the Lead”, ridden by
Jockey Horacio Karamoanos, was disqualified from first position and placed second. Inside
the 1/8th pole, #1 “Going to the Lead” drifts in under a right-handed strike and bumps #9
“Hunter Joe” ridden by Johan Rosado.

COMAR 09.10.01.50 A (1)(c)(d) which states in pertinent parts: “A horse may not (c) Jostle another horse (d) Intimidate another horse]

OFFICAL ORDER OF FINISH
1st Hunter Joe
2nd Going to the Lead


BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS


DATE: March 18, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-040 In the tenth race at Laurel Park on March 18, 2022, horse #4 “Sick Pack Sara”, ridden by
Jockey J. D. Acosta, was disqualified from fifth position and placed sixth. Inside
the 3/16th pole, #4 “Sick Pack Sara” drifts in, while lugging in, into the path of #7 “Escape
Fund” ridden by jockey Jean Alvelo moving that horse inward and into the path of #1
“Unrequited Love” ridden by jockey Carol Cedeno forcing the rider to take up sharply to avoid
clipping heels.

COMAR 09.10.01.50 A (1)(c)(d)(e) which states in pertinent parts: “A horse may not (a) Carry another horse in or out (d) Intimidate another horse (e) impede another horse]

OFFICAL ORDER OF FINISH
1st Escape Fund
2nd Shackaboom
3rd Awesome View
4th Little Ms Scarlet
5th Unrequited Love
6th Sick Pack Sara


BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

DATE: March 19, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-041 Jockey Grant Whitacre, is fined one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00) and suspended five (5) days March 25 through March 29, 2022, for failure to ride his mount “Breviary” out to the finish in the seventh race at Laurel Park on March 18, 2022, thereby causing “Breviary” to lose a placing in the order of finish.

[COMAR 09.10. 01.21, Q (1) (2)]

(Note: As per COMAR 09.10.04.05, failure to pay a fine within 48 hours from receipt of notice may result in a suspension of license.)

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS


DATE: March 19, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-042 On January 21, 2022, the Stewards received notice from the Industrial Laboratories that blood sample #E451245, dated December 30, 2021, contained the drug D-methamphetamine which is not on the approved list of Controlled Therapeutic Substances for the Maryland Racing Commission. The Stewards established that blood sample #E451245 was taken from the horse “Miner’s Gem”, owned by Larry E. Rabold and trained by Hugh McMahon, following the running of the second race at Laurel Park on December 30, 2022. The Stewards notified Mr. McMahon that: (1) the presence of D-methamphetamine in the system of “Miner’s Gem” at the time the horse ran constituted a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04 Drug Prohibition - Horses; (2) He had the right to have the split sample tested by an independent laboratory prior to the Stewards conducting a hearing in this matter; and (3) He had the right to be represented by counsel at the hearing. A barn search was done by the MRC Investigators and his stable employees were drug tested.

Mr. McMahon did not exercise his right to the split sample testing. (COMAR 09.10.03.09 H 1, 2, & 3)

A hearing was held on March 18, 2022 wherein Mr. McMahon waived his right to legal counsel.

Based upon the evidence presented before them, the Stewards find the following:
(1) “Miner’s Gem” did carry D-methamphetamine in its system when it finished first in the second race at Laurel Park on December 30, 2021, a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04, Section C;
(2) Hugh McMahon, as trainer, was the absolute insurer of, and responsible for, the condition of “Miner’s Gem” at the time the horse ran (Sections D & F);
(3) A horse found to have carried a drug in its body during a race may be disqualified and the purse monies earned by that horse redistributed and
(4) An individual found to have violated these Regulations may be subject to a fine issued by the Stewards of up to $2,500 and a suspension of any license issued by the Maryland Racing Commission of up to 360 days. COMAR 09.10.03.02, Section A.
A positive drug test by an employee gave the Stewards cause to determine this as human contamination.

The Stewards hereby order that:

  • Because of mitigating circumstances, Trainer Hugh McMahon not be fined or suspended.
  • Mr. McMahon not be accessed any MMV points.

(3) The horse “Miner’s Gem, be disqualified from the second race on December 30, 2022 at Laurel Park.
(4) The Horsemen’s Bookkeeper redistribute all purse monies for that race in accordance
with the following order:


OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH

1st Little Ms Scarlet
2nd Always Something
3rd Laughin’ Place
4th Live Aid
5th Sick Pack Sara

Miner’s Gem- unplaced


DATE: March 20, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Par

RULINGS:
#22-043 In the matter of Jockey, Grant Whitacre, subject of Stewards’ Ruling #22-041, dated March 19, 2022.

Jockey Whitacre, having filed an appeal with the Maryland Racing of the fine and suspension issued to him by the Stewards in Ruling #22-041, said suspension is hereby stayed pending a Commission hearing on this appeal. COMAR: 09.10.04.04 A

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

DATE: March 25, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-044 In the sixth race at Laurel Park on March 20, 2022, horse #8 “Stormin’ Cougar”, ridden by
Jockey Johan Rosado, was disqualified from first position and placed fourth. Inside
the 1/8th pole, #8 “Stormin’ Cougar” drifts in under a right-handed strike and crosses in front
of #3”Zealacious” ridden by Maclovio Enriquez forcing the rider to take up sharply to avoid
clipping heels. This action cost #3 “Zealacious a chance for a better placing.

COMAR 09.10.01.50 A (1)(b)(e) which states in pertinent parts: “A horse may not (b) Cross or weave in front of another horse without sufficient clearance (e) Impede another horse]

OFFICAL ORDER OF FINISH
1st Cabra Chica
2nd Heidi T
3rd Zealacious
4th Stormin’ Cougar


BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS


DATE: March 26, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-045 Jockey, Johan Rosado, is suspended three (3) Maryland racing days, April 1,2 and 3, 2022, for riding the horse “Stormin’ Cougar” in a careless manner in the sixth race at Laurel Park on March 20, 2022.

[COMAR 09.10.01.45 AA (1).]

 

 

DATE: March 27, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

 

RULINGS:
#22-046 In the matter of Jockey, Johan Rosado, subject of Stewards’ Ruling #22-045, dated March 26, 2022.

Jockey Rosado, having filed an appeal with the Maryland Racing Commission of the suspension issued to him by the Stewards in Ruling #22-045, said suspension is hereby stayed pending a Commission hearing on this appeal. COMAR: 09.10.04.04 A

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 


DATE: March 27, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-047 On February 24, 2022, the Stewards received notice from Industrial Laboratories that blood sample #E451536, dated February 6, 2022, contained the drug diclofenac . The Stewards established that blood sample #E451536 was taken from the horse “Linda’s Nekia”, owned by Paige Rodriguez and trained by Jesus Rodriguez, following the running of the sixth race at Laurel Park on February 6, 2022 . The Stewards notified Mr. Rodriguez that: (1) the presence of diclofenac in the system of “Linda’s Nekia” at the time the horse ran constituted a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04 Drug Prohibition - Horses; (2) he had the right to have the split sample tested by an independent laboratory prior to the Stewards conducting a hearing in this matter; and (3) he had the right to be represented by counsel at the hearing.

The Stewards held a hearing via phone on March 27, 2022, wherein Mr. Rodriguez waived his right to a split sample and legal counsel.

Based upon the evidence before them, the Stewards find the following:

(1)“Linda’s Nekia” did have diclofenac, in its system when it finished fourth in the sixth race at Laurel Park on February 6, 2022, a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04,C;
(2)) Jesus Rodriguez, as trainer, was the absolute insurer of, and responsible for, the condition of “Linda’s Nekia” at the time the horse ran (Sections D & F);
(3) A horse found to have carried a drug in its body during a race may be disqualified and the purse monies earned by that horse redistributed and
(4) An individual found to have violated these Regulations may be subject to a fine issued by the Stewards of up to $2,500 and a suspension of any license issued by the Maryland Racing Commission of up to 360 days. COMAR 09.10.03.02, Section A.

Based upon the foregoing, the Stewards hereby order:

(1)Trainer,Jesus Rodriguez be fined in the amount of Five hundred dollars ($500.00).

(2)The Horsemen’s Bookkeeper redistribute all purse monies for that race in accordance
with the following order:


OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH

1st Hayne’s Fever
2nd Tappin for Glory
3rd Itsknownasthebern
4th Lucky Ramsey
5th Always Forgiven
6th Purimeter
7th Find Your Boaz

Linda’s Nekia- unplaced

A separate hearing was held to address the Multiple Medication Violation Point system.
Trainer Jesus Rodriguez will be assigned One half (1/2) Multiple Medication Violation Points.
[Comar 09.10.03.02 C]

Note: As per COMAR 09.10.04.05, failure to pay a fine within 48 hours from being notified may result in a suspension of license.
BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS


 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-048 Owner, Michelle Castillo, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of One hundred dollars ($100.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.
[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-049 Owners, Jason DaCosta and Calypso Stable, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of One hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.
[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-050 Owner, Mary Biamonte, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of Two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.
[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS


 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-051 Owner, Marco Arriaga, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of Two hundred and seventy dollars ($270.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.
[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-052 Owner, Grace Merryman, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of Two hundred and seventy-five dollars ($275.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.
[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-053 Owner, Alberto Astudillo, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of Five hundred and forty-three dollars ($543.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.
[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 


 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-054 Owner, Jason DaCosta, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of One Thousand one hundred
and forty-five dollars ($1,145.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is
hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.

[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

 

 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-055 Owner, Calypso Stable, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of One Thousand one hundred
and forty-five dollars ($1,145.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred Purse Account, is
hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.

[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-056 Owners, Antonacci Racing & Paul Bitetti, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of One
Thousand one hundred and forty-five dollars ($1,145.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred
Purse Account, are hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.

[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-057 Owner, William E. Atkins, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of One Thousand three
hundred and forty dollars ($1,340.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred
Purse Account, are hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.

[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

DATE: March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS
#22-058 Owner, Toschia Spriggs, having failed to pay a fee in the amount of Three thousand five
hundred and fifty-six dollars ($3,556.00), to the Maryland Thoroughbred
Purse Account, are hereby precluded from participating in racing until said fee has been paid.

[COMAR 09.10.01.59, G.]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS


 

March 30, 2022 TRACK: Laurel Park

RULINGS:
#22-059 On March 25, 2022, the Stewards received notice from Industrial Laboratories that blood sample #E451880, dated March 11, 2022, contained the drug dexamethasone . The Stewards established that blood sample #E451880 was taken from the horse “Triple Americano”, owned by Ejetero LLC and trained by Elvis Trujillo, following the running of the fourth race at Laurel Park on March 11, 2022. The Stewards notified Mr. Trujillo that: (1) the presence of dexamethasone in the system of “Triple Americano” at the time the horse ran constituted a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04 Drug Prohibition - Horses; (2) he had the right to have the split sample tested by an independent laboratory prior to the Stewards conducting a hearing in this matter; and (3) he had the right to be represented by counsel at the hearing.

The Stewards held a hearing on March 27, 2022, wherein Mr. Rodriguez waived his right to a split sample and legal counsel.

Based upon the evidence before them, the Stewards find the following:

(1)“Triple Americano” did have dexamethasone, in its system when it finished fourth in the fourth race at Laurel Park on March 11, 2022, a violation under COMAR 09.10.03.04,C;
(2)) Elvis Trujillo, as trainer, was the absolute insurer of, and responsible for, the condition of “Triple Americano” at the time the horse ran (Sections D & F);
(3) A horse found to have carried a drug in its body during a race may be disqualified and the purse monies earned by that horse redistributed and
(4) An individual found to have violated these Regulations may be subject to a fine issued by the Stewards of up to $2,500 and a suspension of any license issued by the Maryland Racing Commission of up to 360 days. COMAR 09.10.03.02, Section A.

Based upon the foregoing, the Stewards hereby order:

The Horsemen’s Bookkeeper redistribute all purse monies for that race in accordance
with the following order:

OFFICIAL ORDER OF FINISH

1st Just Pick One
2nd Divine Proportion
3rd Dejohn
4th Inject the Light
5th Baltimore Bud

Triple Americano- unplaced

A separate hearing was held to address the Multiple Medication Violation Point system.
Trainer Elvis Trujillo will be assigned One half (1/2) Multiple Medication Violation Points.
[Comar 09.10.03.02 C]

BY ORDER OF THE STEWARDS