Hearing on banned Tampa Bay Downs vet postponed
Florida’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has postponed a hearing in the matter of veterinarian Orlando Paraliticci, who on Feb. 3 was banned by Tampa Bay Downs management. The hearing before the board of stewards had been scheduled for this Friday but has not been rescheduled because the investigation is still ongoing.
Paraliticci allegedly was observed giving a horse a prohibited treatment on the day it was entered to race. Tampa Bay Downs officials have not identified the horse being treated, the trainer, or the nature of the treatment, but it is widely believed to have taken place in the barn of Jane Cibelli, the meeting’s second-leading trainer. The alleged treatment was observed by the veterinarian hired by Tampa Bay Downs to conduct pre-race inspections on race-day.
“The state’s hearing was originally called to discuss potential actions to be taken in light of the allegations made by Tampa Bay Downs,” said Sandi Opes Poreda, director of communications for the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. “The hearing was postponed because the state’s investigation is ongoing, and the hearing has not been rescheduled at this time. We are not able to provide any additional information about the investigation at this time.”