Davis, Shanyfelt get the boot at Charles Town

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His six-month suspension for multiple clenbuterol violations is coming to an end this week, but Scooter Davis no longer is welcome to train or race horses at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town races in West Virginia. Neither is Douglas Shanyfelt, who took over the training of some of the horses that were in Davis’ stable at the time his suspension began last Aug. 26.

Both Davis and Shanyfelt have been given the boot from the Charles Town premises by Penn National Gaming, whose management has opted to exercise its private property rights of exclusion after conducting an investigation into the activities of the two men.

The suspension of Davis is to end on Thursday, but it’s possible West Virginia Racing Commission stewards may take further action.

“The track indicated they have information that Davis was using other trainers as a front, and our stewards are in the process of looking at what evidence the track has,” said Jon Amores, executive director of the commission. “This is not evidence of drug violations but use of a program trainer.”

No hearing has yet been scheduled by stewards.

A program trainer is one who agrees to enter and start in his or her name horses that, in reality, are trained by someone else. The practice can occur when a trainer is unable to be licensed in a state or is under suspension.

Davis, who according to the website ThoroughbredRulings.com has been suspended 330 days for 10 different medication violations in West Virginia and Pennsylvania since 2005, was banned for 180 days Aug. 26 after four of his starters tested positive for clenbuterol at Charles Town and Mountaineer last June. He was also fined $5,000 in that ruling.

Since then, many of the horses previously trained by Davis, have run in the name of Shanyfelt, most recently four runners on Feb. 12-13.

This is not the first time West Virginia officials have suspected someone using a program trainer. Last February, they ordered I Want Revenge to be scratched from a race at Charles Town after the horse was entered in the name of Tony Dutrow. Stewards determined Rick Dutrow, who had been denied a license in Kentucky and was appealing a 10-year suspension in New York, was the actual trainer.

In Rick Dutrow’s license application hearing in Kentucky, he admitted to entering horses he was still training in the name of the Robert Frankel, the late Hall of Fame conditioner.

Davis, who has won 681 races from 3,618 starters during a career that began in 1997, has been fined or suspended numerous times for medication violations involving clenbuterol, phenylbutazone, dexamethasone, ketaprofen, and xylazine, and for deceiving officials on the administration of furosemide.

Penn National Gaming and Charles Town officials would not comment on the exclusions other than to confirm that both Davis and Shanyfelt are banned from the company’s West Virginia racetrack. Unlike a racing or commission ruling, which has reciprocity in other states, the exclusion of Davis and Shanyfelt does not apply at other racetracks.

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  • Don Reed

    If suspended trainers are using other traniners as fronts, I hope the IRS files criminal tax evasion charges.

    • Don Reed

      Sorry aboput the typos.  If Disqus had a spell-check function, I would bet on the Vegas proposition that their software programmers and other employees could actually read their college diplomas.

    • dave

      they should check out those guys at Philadelphia park, they are the worst !! from the racing secretary to the start
      er ,also the stall manager

  • Don Reed

    330 days for 10 different medication violations?!   Why so
    soon, Charles Town?  Good to see that it’s
    okay to have nine, get suspended for only 200-250 days, and then you welcome
    them back with open arms.

    Could this sudden death-bed conversion have anything to do with the enormous bad publicity Dutrow brought on the sport?  O’Neiill having a delayed effect?

  • Don Reed

    330 days for 10 different medication violations?!   Why so
    soon, Charles Town?  Good to see that it’s
    okay to have nine, get suspended for only 200-250 days, and then you welcome
    them back with open arms.

    Could this sudden death-bed conversion have anything to do with the enormous bad publicity Dutrow brought on the sport?  O’Neiill having a delayed effect?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1620085758 Bill Gay Jr.

    Davis is out of game.

    • Awsome1

      Nope….;)

      • mtrgal

        does this mean Davis is back at mtr?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1620085758 Bill Gay Jr.

    Davis is out of game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1620085758 Bill Gay Jr.

    not shocking. CT is trying to clean up there image, they are trying not be a joke on the east coast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1620085758 Bill Gay Jr.

    not shocking. CT is trying to clean up there image, they are trying not be a joke on the east coast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597973618 Isabella Izzy

    Good for Charlestown! Hopefully other tracks will follow suit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597973618 Isabella Izzy

    Good for Charlestown! Hopefully other tracks will follow suit.

  • Thevoiceoftruth69

    Like father like son. Ray check out Scooter’s dad, Billy Davis. Scooter Davis is exactly what is wrong with thoroughbred racing. The owners who employ him should be ashamed of themselves. It’s ok for Scooter though. The most worthless racing official I’m America, Rosemary Williams will welcome back to the craphole of Mountaineer in two weeks. Just watch !

    • Awsome1

      Wonder why the Davis organization is the one being targeted for using a program trainer when there are many being used at CT? Could it be his winning record? Are the other fish too small to fry? Trainers like Runco, Brown, Casey and others who were threatened by said winning record need to be be closely monitored by WVa racing commission for there relationship with stewarts & management .

      • Morganbritny

        Yea why is the Davis organization the only one being targeted??

    • Cconroy4150

      Yes, Williams certainly protected her boy, Danny Bird. Also, please remember Dale Baird. He was a huge supplier to the slaughter pipeline yet is revered at Mountaineer.

  • Thevoiceoftruth69

    Like father like son. Ray check out Scooter’s dad, Billy Davis. Scooter Davis is exactly what is wrong with thoroughbred racing. The owners who employ him should be ashamed of themselves. It’s ok for Scooter though. The most worthless racing official I’m America, Rosemary Williams will welcome back to the craphole of Mountaineer in two weeks. Just watch !

  • PG

    Rosemary Williams does a great job at Mountaineer.  The simulcast presentation they put out is top notch especially for a smaller, lower tier racetrack…informative and entertaining analysis from Mark and Nancy and one of the best announcers in the game, Peter Berry.  Less than two weeks before the 2013 racing season begins.  As Bart Scott so eloquently said….Can’t wait!

    • Thevoiceoftruth69

      She did a great job allowing Bart Baird to allegedly ship horses to slaughter without enforcing their no slaughter rule ! Are you saying Scooter should be given stalls at MRR? If so maybe you are Rosemary !

    • Federico

      How does a story about two trainers being barred at CT evoke a response stating how great on-air or on-mic people at a different track are (in your opinion)?

      By the way…they ARE good (for Mountaineer).

    • Larryburndorf

      I made a comment about Mark belittling trainers on air and some one erased it. smdh

      • Don Reed

        If anything, Mark goes way out of his way to avoid belittling anyone.  What you probably – probably – heard from time to time was his straightforward comments about the bettors making the wrong horse the favorite, simply because of the trainer running that favorite.

        Mark is well aware of his own often-ovrpowering personality and unlike hundreds of other ego-saturated entertainers in show business, actually strives to reel it in and make it serve a positive, constructive purpose. 

        And if he doesn’t, the often subtle Nancy is right there to contribute a silence in the conversation to let him know he went off the tracks.  Which is not often. 

        Nancy, Mark and Peter Berry – whose attention to detail is second to none – do a great job.  It’s been a pleasure to listen to their coverage of racing.

        • Larryburndorf

          Go to the Mountain and ask a trainer or jockey what they think of his commentary….

          • Don Reed

            This isn’t direted at you; thanks for speaking up. 

            If they’re that sensitive to criticism, tough.

    • dr. ichabod

      yes cant wait for the mount to return. sunday nights are not the same when they are dark.

  • PG

    Rosemary Williams does a great job at Mountaineer.  The simulcast presentation they put out is top notch especially for a smaller, lower tier racetrack…informative and entertaining analysis from Mark and Nancy and one of the best announcers in the game, Peter Berry.  Less than two weeks before the 2013 racing season begins.  As Bart Scott so eloquently said….Can’t wait!

  • Playergal2

    I think they are running under his girl friends name.I saw an entry of a horse with her name

  • Playergal2

    I think they are running under his girl friends name.I saw an entry of a horse with her name

    • Thevoiceoftruth69

      Yeah, isn’t it just stunning how Scooter, Doug, billy Davis, Valerie haller and Jamie stokes all have a similar win rate ?

  • Thevoiceoftruth69

    She did a great job allowing Bart Baird to allegedly ship horses to slaughter without enforcing their no slaughter rule ! Are you saying Scooter should be given stalls at MRR? If so maybe you are Rosemary !

  • Thevoiceoftruth69

    Yeah, isn’t it just stunning how Scooter, Doug, billy Davis, Valerie haller and Jamie stokes all have a similar win rate ?

  • Harry

    Sad situation and there top jockey was Thomas Houghton who was suspended from Tampa Bay as one of 7 jockeys kicked out of Tampa Bay. He did not ride all but the majority for Davis and Shanyfeldt. Another black eye for horse racing !!!!! There are many Davis and Shanyfeldt still training at Charles Town. I hope Charles Town is aware of who these trainers are and can maybe rid them out of horse racing. Don’t worry Davis and Shanyfeldt will go to Louisiana and set up shop there and carry on as usual. Everybody who cheats seems to end up in Louisiana just saying.

    • JJ

      Delta downs for starters

    • Don Reed

      Two useful articles
      for background can be found in the Daily Racing Form:

       

      “Public
      In The Dark Over Jockey Bans” (Steve Crist DRF 12/24/06)

       

       

      “Rider Bans
      Said to Trace to Great Lakes Race” (Matt Hegarty DRF 12/20/06)

       

       

      Re: Alex Beitia; Derek Bell; Jorge Bracho; Jose Bracho; Luis Castillo;
      Steve Crist, Jose Delgado; Rene Douglas; Matt Hegarty; Terry Houghton; Joe Judice;
      Tampa Bay Downs; & Ricardo Valdes.

      • Harry

         Thanks Don Ricardo Valdes is the only jockey of 7 who seems to be taking fall for the rest. The trial begins shortly. D.Bell is at Oaklawn Park,one of those Bracho rides at Delaware Park (not sure which one) Houghton in West Virginia and he even rode several in Maryland. Seems being banned in one state should result in all states based on the findings of their violations.

        • Vinlentini

          In Americ, we have this thing called due process……just because you are accused doesnt mean you’re guilty…….for example if I accuse you of being a pedophile or an embezzler etc it doesnt mean you are

  • Harry

    Sad situation and there top jockey was Thomas Houghton who was suspended from Tampa Bay as one of 7 jockeys kicked out of Tampa Bay. He did not ride all but the majority for Davis and Shanyfeldt. Another black eye for horse racing !!!!! There are many Davis and Shanyfeldt still training at Charles Town. I hope Charles Town is aware of who these trainers are and can maybe rid them out of horse racing. Don’t worry Davis and Shanyfeldt will go to Louisiana and set up shop there and carry on as usual. Everybody who cheats seems to end up in Louisiana just saying.

  • Ace

    Well, I guess things don’t look to good for Chris Grove this week with his “Class 1 ” hearing this week .

    • Thevoiceoftruth69

      It was environmental contamination.

      • Horserider

        yea ok

      • Don Reed

        That alibi is internet contamination.

  • Ace

    Well, I guess things don’t look to good for Chris Grove this week with his “Class 1 ” hearing this week .

  • Awsome1

    Wonder why the Davis organization is the one being targeted for using a program trainer when there are many being used at CT? Could it be his winning record? Are the other fish too small to fry? Trainers like Runco, Brown, Casey and others who were threatened by said winning record need to be be closely monitored by WVa racing commission for there relationship with stewarts & management .

  • Horserider

    Everyone knows that its called Scooterfelt

  • Horserider

    Everyone knows that its called Scooterfelt

  • Digger

    Great job CT ! Jeff Gural was gutsy enough to start the ball rolling at the Meadowlands and now a small time track is  stepping up big to rid this great game of the cheats so the rest of us have a shot at  making a living and turning this sport around . Thanks CT.

    • Thevoiceoftruth69

      Not so fast. They didn’t toss him because of his drug violations but rather because of his using a front. Tracks seem afraid to go the Gural route for some reason.

      • Larryburndorf

        If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/GM4MKOH3SRM3GAZLMIKOOOAI74 jttf

          the duck is still swimming under the water.  the suspended trainers still have their hand in the cookie jar.  why did it take this long to suspend these guys ?   these trainers have no fear of cheating.

          • http://www.facebook.com/denise.s.knight.5 Denise Smith Knight

            take away the purse

    • Awsome1

      What a joke…..have you not noticed how any cheats are at the helm in CT???

      • RingFair

         Wow, people cheating like in the managers there? Who do you mean?

        • Awsome1

          There are recently fired & suspended officials that are well known. I have no doubt there are other shady bussiness dealings that have not yet been uncovered.

          • RB Horseman

            If there are “investigations” set up by people with an ax to grind with management or certain horsemen to make them look shady, that doesn’t make them shady. It would make the person setting it up look shady.

    • Hoop4301

      So your a jelous trainer.

      • Digger

        No actually I’m a handicapper that won’t bet certain tracks or races that have trainers that juice. Why? Because the juice trainers offer little value and are normally  so overbet thus they are statistically a very bad play and when you have to guess whether or not the trainer “juiced” today then you are entering a whole arena in the handicapping world. A great example would be Philly park or Parx if you do a statistical analysis of the top trainers in the last ten years and compare their records now against their records of 7-10 years ago you will see the “juice” trainers jump off the page. Some of these guys were .05 % a very short time ago and were below 15% for their whole careers and the suddenly hitting  25-35% consistantly. So to answer your question no I’m not a jealous trainer but rather a long time handicapper that abandoned the game when handicapping became more about the vet and not the horse.

        • Hoop4301

          I understand where you are at. The whole thing a program Trainer is done EVERYDAY EVERY Track, I was an Asst. Tr, with horses in Miami, The boss was in NY, with a string, same as all the guys with hundred horses in there care. They never see the horses, just call and see how everything is going, enter here, enter there. Saddle them, Call and tell how they run. Which now they can watch every where. I got out years ago but this has got me. The casinos are runing the Game of Horse racing they don’t care about ANY Horsemen/Horsepeople. They better look out for themselfs with these Casino people. Have a great day. Peace out

          • Digger

            I got where you are coming from but those trainers that have “strings” of horses and multiple stables in each state and are somehow .35%  and don’t even see their stock are whats ruining  the game. Horsemanship left these guys long ago when dollar signs sprung up and it  became about volume and money. The game would be much better off w/those string of horses spread among 10-20 trainers such as yourself  that actually cared for their horses instead of 1 absentee trainer that was trying to further his bottom line.

        • Holtzmana

          Digger- Youv’e hit the nail on the head. It’s hard to take any good betting position for the reasons you described. Indeed, for most races
          all we’ve learned about handicapping through the years is pretty much out the window. It’s really a medication game at this point and the only thing we get is a symbol for L(S)asix. Since almost all horses are on Lasix their whole racing life, that’s a worthless piece of information.
          While it wouldn’t solve the issue of illegal juicing, it would be helpful for handicapping if we knew more about what meds horses have been given legally by vets. For example, how about a (C) for Clenbuterol?Or an (S) for steroid use? If racing can’t cope with solving it’s medication era, at least we handicappers could benefit from an increased level of transparency.

  • Digger

    Great job CT ! Jeff Gural was gutsy enough to start the ball rolling at the Meadowlands and now a small time track is  stepping up big to rid this great game of the cheats so the rest of us have a shot at  making a living and turning this sport around . Thanks CT.

  • Larryburndorf

    You like Mark and Nancy? That may be the first time i have heard some one say that! Mark belittles trainers openly on the show, he can kick rocks!

  • Thevoiceoftruth69

    It was environmental contamination.

  • Thevoiceoftruth69

    Not so fast. They didn’t toss him because of his drug violations but rather because of his using a front. Tracks seem afraid to go the Gural route for some reason.

  • Larryburndorf

    If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

  • JackyJ

    From I understand there were also a bunch of horses banned too. I heard 50 of them but that seems high

  • JackyJ

    From I understand there were also a bunch of horses banned too. I heard 50 of them but that seems high

  • Federico

    How does a story about two trainers being barred at CT evoke a response stating how great on-air or on-mic people at a different track are (in your opinion)?

    By the way…they ARE good (for Mountaineer).

  • Awsome1

    What a joke…..have you not noticed how any cheats are at the helm in CT???

  • Yammin1269

    I’d say its just the start of things to come at ctown.. maybe look into a couple vets.and the trainer or trainers that use them . JUST SAYING. THE Diamonds are sharp but the Oak gets old

  • Yammin1269

    I’d say its just the start of things to come at ctown.. maybe look into a couple vets.and the trainer or trainers that use them . JUST SAYING. THE Diamonds are sharp but the Oak gets old

  • RingFair

     Wow, people cheating like in the managers there? Who do you mean?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GM4MKOH3SRM3GAZLMIKOOOAI74 jttf

    the duck is still swimming under the water.  the suspended trainers still have their hand in the cookie jar.  why did it take this long to suspend these guys ?   these trainers have no fear of cheating.

  • Larryburndorf

    I made a comment about Mark belittling trainers on air and some one erased it. smdh

  • Horserider

    yea ok

  • Horserider

    Davis is scum he’s not a horse trainer but a needle expert thats it.  Runco, Brown run number at you not needles.  The Davis boys have killed more horses with the needle then any slaughter house in the us.  Trust me I know

  • JJ

    Delta downs for starters

  • Don Reed

    If anything, Mark goes way out of his way to avoid belittling anyone.  What you probably – probably – heard from time to time was his straightforward comments about the bettors making the wrong horse the favorite, simply because of the trainer running that favorite.

    Mark is well aware of his own often-ovrpowering personality and unlike hundreds of other ego-saturated entertainers in show business, actually strives to reel it in and make it serve a positive, constructive purpose. 

    And if he doesn’t, the often subtle Nancy is right there to contribute a silence in the conversation to let him know he went off the tracks.  Which is not often. 

    Nancy, Mark and Peter Berry – whose attention to detail is second to none – do a great job.  It’s been a pleasure to listen to their coverage of racing.

  • Don Reed

    That alibi is internet contamination.

  • Don Reed

    Sorry aboput the typos.  If Disqus had a spell-check function, I would bet on the Vegas proposition that their software programmers and other employees could actually read their college diplomas.

  • Holtzmana

    At last, racing is curing itself albeit one drop at a time.

  • Holtzmana

    At last, racing is curing itself albeit one drop at a time.

  • Larryburndorf

    Go to the Mountain and ask a trainer or jockey what they think of his commentary….

  • Awsome1

    There are recently fired & suspended officials that are well known. I have no doubt there are other shady bussiness dealings that have not yet been uncovered.

  • Run4mejc

    what about scooters new oner koelle

    • Horserider

      She is Billy Davis girlfriend

  • Run4mejc

    what about scooters new oner koelle

  • Run4mejc

    scooter will kick but at mtr

    • Horserider

      if mountaineer lets them both run it will show how crooked of a place mountaineer is and HOW WEAK THEIR MANAGEMENT IS.

  • Run4mejc

    scooter will kick but at mtr

  • Morganbritny

    Yea why is the Davis organization the only one being targeted??

  • Don Reed

    Two useful articles
    for background can be found in the Daily Racing Form:

     

    “Public
    In The Dark Over Jockey Bans” (Steve Crist DRF 12/24/06)

     

     

    “Rider Bans
    Said to Trace to Great Lakes Race” (Matt Hegarty DRF 12/20/06)

     

     

    Re: Alex Beitia; Derek Bell; Jorge Bracho; Jose Bracho; Luis Castillo;
    Steve Crist, Jose Delgado; Rene Douglas; Matt Hegarty; Terry Houghton; Joe Judice;
    Tampa Bay Downs; & Ricardo Valdes.

  • Don Reed

    This isn’t direted at you; thanks for speaking up. 

    If they’re that sensitive to criticism, tough.

  • Horserider

    She is Billy Davis girlfriend

  • Horserider

    if mountaineer lets them both run it will show how crooked of a place mountaineer is and HOW WEAK THEIR MANAGEMENT IS.

  • Boinky61

    Why has Penn National not banned him from ALL of their tracks??  As I understand it they own a whole lot of tracks and he should be banned from any that they own not just the one.  

  • Boinky61

    Why has Penn National not banned him from ALL of their tracks??  As I understand it they own a whole lot of tracks and he should be banned from any that they own not just the one.  

  • RB Horseman

    If there are “investigations” set up by people with an ax to grind with management or certain horsemen to make them look shady, that doesn’t make them shady. It would make the person setting it up look shady.

  • Am_Pugs

    I think this is a good start.  They’re taking a stand to close one of the loop holes everyone is complaining about.  Banning them for med violations may or may not be legal – not sure how the reciprocity works in each case [and I don't mean pulling their licenses to train - just simply banning them from the track].  But I’m pretty sure that track managements have an agreement of some sort with the trainers at their tracks, and it probably includes something to the effect that trainers will only enter horses they train.  That would probably make it a civil problem, and I can see tracks agreeing to honor each other’s rulings – and probably easier than they do the racing commision because of legalities and politics involved.  Would love to see more tracks follow suit.

  • Am_Pugs

    I think this is a good start.  They’re taking a stand to close one of the loop holes everyone is complaining about.  Banning them for med violations may or may not be legal – not sure how the reciprocity works in each case [and I don't mean pulling their licenses to train - just simply banning them from the track].  But I’m pretty sure that track managements have an agreement of some sort with the trainers at their tracks, and it probably includes something to the effect that trainers will only enter horses they train.  That would probably make it a civil problem, and I can see tracks agreeing to honor each other’s rulings – and probably easier than they do the racing commision because of legalities and politics involved.  Would love to see more tracks follow suit.

  • Cconroy4150

    Yes, Williams certainly protected her boy, Danny Bird. Also, please remember Dale Baird. He was a huge supplier to the slaughter pipeline yet is revered at Mountaineer.

  • The Whiz

    Rosemary Williams a great Track manager? U really drank the MTG cool aid and as far
    as Mountianeer being a top notch track – more cool aid . MTG and RMW have done more to kill the sport of horseracing in WV than ever thought possible. As for “Captain Boring” and his sidekick “Dronett” . they could put hibernating bears in to acoma. While I have no
    love for Penn Gaming and how they do business there is no comparison between the two organizations. Penn Gaming has the right to exclude persons from their private grounds – but they better be thorough and not just take a little of the top. And by the way to the race fan who ranted about Terry (Tommy?) Houghton let me assure U I was at Great Lakes Downs when the supposed race fixing took place and I can tell you with certainty that some of the names on the so called TBD 7 list did deserve to be banned but Terry Houghton was not one of them. And what makes you think that a jockey knows if a
    trainer is using clenbuterol or anything else for that matter, Jockeys are paid to ride not prescribe treatment. Spend a month or a year walking in the shoes of the people you are shooting arrows at then maybe your opinion may change once you see it all for yourself. Horse Racing is still the greatest game played outdoors and those of you who are casual fans need to do a little research of your own and take all the nay sayers with a grain of salt.

    • Sevencentsstable

      “And by the way to the race fan who ranted about Terry (Tommy?) Houghton let me assure U I was at Great Lakes Downs when the supposed race fixing took place and I can tell you with certainty that some of the names on the so called TBD 7 list did deserve to be banned but Terry Houghton was not one of them. ”

      Yeah, I was there, too, at that time and I would agree with this 100%. I never used Terry, just because I didn’t trust his agent, but Terry was a stand up guy. I never doubt that he rode to win every time.

    • Harry

       Dude is was at Tampa Bay Downs not Great Lakes. Yes he was one of the 7 jockeys banned from Tampa Bay Downs for ever. The trial is getting ready to come up involving this ruling but only 1 jockey seems to be taking the fall for the rest. I have been in horse racing all my life and anybody who has to make a living as a trainer and give horses illegal drugs to win races gets exactly as they deserve. Thank you for correcting me Terry Houghton. Oh by way according to Tampa Bay Downs all 7 jockeys were banned for “CONDUCT DETRIMENTAL TO RACING” not trying for one reason or another. Don’t believe me look up on Google. Wow I did not know about Houghton being in a race fixing at Great Lakes Downs. Accuse 2 in two different states as they say “if it looks like a duck,quacks like a duck then most likely it is a duck.” Just saying.

      • Sevencentsstable

        Actually, Terry was a regular rider at both Tampa and GLD. The alleged fixing of races was supposed to have occured at GLD, but the investigation came to light just prior to the opening of Tampa several years ago. Because of the investigation Tampa denied the riders entrance to their track. I remember following the whole thing when it was “new” news just because I knew many of the jockeys.

  • The Whiz

    Rosemary Williams a great Track manager? U really drank the MTG cool aid and as far
    as Mountianeer being a top notch track – more cool aid . MTG and RMW have done more to kill the sport of horseracing in WV than ever thought possible. As for “Captain Boring” and his sidekick “Dronett” . they could put hibernating bears in to acoma. While I have no
    love for Penn Gaming and how they do business there is no comparison between the two organizations. Penn Gaming has the right to exclude persons from their private grounds – but they better be thorough and not just take a little of the top. And by the way to the race fan who ranted about Terry (Tommy?) Houghton let me assure U I was at Great Lakes Downs when the supposed race fixing took place and I can tell you with certainty that some of the names on the so called TBD 7 list did deserve to be banned but Terry Houghton was not one of them. And what makes you think that a jockey knows if a
    trainer is using clenbuterol or anything else for that matter, Jockeys are paid to ride not prescribe treatment. Spend a month or a year walking in the shoes of the people you are shooting arrows at then maybe your opinion may change once you see it all for yourself. Horse Racing is still the greatest game played outdoors and those of you who are casual fans need to do a little research of your own and take all the nay sayers with a grain of salt.

  • Lynn

    How do you serve you suspension, then get kick out for good? Why not just be given the boot to start with? Will the Chief Steward get the same???

  • Lynn

    How do you serve you suspension, then get kick out for good? Why not just be given the boot to start with? Will the Chief Steward get the same???

  • Trivj

    Hey, is there a rescue group that can acquire I Want Revenge?  If his connections are trying to run him at Charles Town, it must be time for him to retire.  Where is he now?

  • Trivj

    Hey, is there a rescue group that can acquire I Want Revenge?  If his connections are trying to run him at Charles Town, it must be time for him to retire.  Where is he now?

  • Richard Hummer

    The sad part is Davis and Shanyfelt will have their phones ringing off the hook with owners wanting to send them horses.While honest trainers win the old fashion way.they use exercise,quality feed and suppliments and a loving hand,but we don’t receive calls.

  • Richard Hummer

    The sad part is Davis and Shanyfelt will have their phones ringing off the hook with owners wanting to send them horses.While honest trainers win the old fashion way.they use exercise,quality feed and suppliments and a loving hand,but we don’t receive calls.

  • Richard Hummer

    As long as money is involved there will always be cheaters but whats killing racing are all the owners who will now call Davis and Shanyfelt to send them horses.While honest hard working trainers who rely on exercise,a quality feeding program and a caring hand are struggling.

    • Hoop4301

      Have you seen how those  stables take care of there horses. I bet not, Not 70% of the trainers at Charlestown feed and care for there horses as those stables.

  • Richard Hummer

    As long as money is involved there will always be cheaters but whats killing racing are all the owners who will now call Davis and Shanyfelt to send them horses.While honest hard working trainers who rely on exercise,a quality feeding program and a caring hand are struggling.

  • Happyhoofer1

    Excuse me you will never see better cared for horses then in the Shanyfelt or Davis stable. They feed well groom shoeing what ever they need they get. And please nobody try too twist what I.said

    • Harry

       Its not they don’t take care of their horses its THE ILLEGAL DRUGS THEY SHOOT IN THE HORSES BLOOD STREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Commonly know as illegal drugs.

  • Happyhoofer1

    Excuse me you will never see better cared for horses then in the Shanyfelt or Davis stable. They feed well groom shoeing what ever they need they get. And please nobody try too twist what I.said

  • Thevoiceoftruth69

    Scooter Davis would be nothing without a needle. I guess we’ll cared for means putting Clen B in the trachea, right Jamie?

  • PG

     Do you have actual proof of everything that you are claiming in your comments?

  • Sevencentsstable

    “And by the way to the race fan who ranted about Terry (Tommy?) Houghton let me assure U I was at Great Lakes Downs when the supposed race fixing took place and I can tell you with certainty that some of the names on the so called TBD 7 list did deserve to be banned but Terry Houghton was not one of them. “

    Yeah, I was there, too, at that time and I would agree with this 100%. I never used Terry, just because I didn’t trust his agent, but Terry was a stand up guy. I never doubt that he rode to win every time.

  • Harry

     Its not they don’t take care of their horses its THE ILLEGAL DRUGS THEY SHOOT IN THE HORSES BLOOD STREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Commonly know as illegal drugs.

  • Harry

     Dude is was at Tampa Bay Downs not Great Lakes. Yes he was one of the 7 jockeys banned from Tampa Bay Downs for ever. The trial is getting ready to come up involving this ruling but only 1 jockey seems to be taking the fall for the rest. I have been in horse racing all my life and anybody who has to make a living as a trainer and give horses illegal drugs to win races gets exactly as they deserve. Thank you for correcting me Terry Houghton. Oh by way according to Tampa Bay Downs all 7 jockeys were banned for “CONDUCT DETRIMENTAL TO RACING” not trying for one reason or another. Don’t believe me look up on Google. Wow I did not know about Houghton being in a race fixing at Great Lakes Downs. Accuse 2 in two different states as they say “if it looks like a duck,quacks like a duck then most likely it is a duck.” Just saying.

  • Harry

     Thanks Don Ricardo Valdes is the only jockey of 7 who seems to be taking fall for the rest. The trial begins shortly. D.Bell is at Oaklawn Park,one of those Bracho rides at Delaware Park (not sure which one) Houghton in West Virginia and he even rode several in Maryland. Seems being banned in one state should result in all states based on the findings of their violations.

  • Vinlentini

    In Americ, we have this thing called due process……just because you are accused doesnt mean you’re guilty…….for example if I accuse you of being a pedophile or an embezzler etc it doesnt mean you are

  • Vebra

    its great  to see people taking a stand for good practices and following the rules. It is sad however to note that the track itself is being forced to impose any “punishment” for bad actors because the ones we put in charge of policing our industry (racing commissions and stewards) often have their hands tied or don’t want to rock the boat. Indecision is almost as bad as looking the other way and wishing that they could bury their heads in the sand.

  • Vebra

    its great  to see people taking a stand for good practices and following the rules. It is sad however to note that the track itself is being forced to impose any “punishment” for bad actors because the ones we put in charge of policing our industry (racing commissions and stewards) often have their hands tied or don’t want to rock the boat. Indecision is almost as bad as looking the other way and wishing that they could bury their heads in the sand.

  • Hoop4301

    So your a jelous trainer.

  • Hoop4301

    Have you seen how those  stables take care of there horses. I bet not, Not 70% of the trainers at Charlestown feed and care for there horses as those stables.

  • Digger

    No actually I’m a handicapper that won’t bet certain tracks or races that have trainers that juice. Why? Because the juice trainers offer little value and are normally  so overbet thus they are statistically a very bad play and when you have to guess whether or not the trainer “juiced” today then you are entering a whole arena in the handicapping world. A great example would be Philly park or Parx if you do a statistical analysis of the top trainers in the last ten years and compare their records now against their records of 7-10 years ago you will see the “juice” trainers jump off the page. Some of these guys were .05 % a very short time ago and were below 15% for their whole careers and the suddenly hitting  25-35% consistantly. So to answer your question no I’m not a jealous trainer but rather a long time handicapper that abandoned the game when handicapping became more about the vet and not the horse.

  • dr. ichabod

    yes cant wait for the mount to return. sunday nights are not the same when they are dark.

  • Bells

    As someone who has been on the racetrack for over 30 yrs I would put the feed program and the care that the Scooter Davis horses get up against ANY trainer in the country. Him and his employees work all day on taking care of those horses. And it’s a shame that people that don’t know him or how his outfit is run have to post comments on something they know nothing about.

    • ccmtr

      Whats sad is that a lot of other trainers put just as much time and hard earned HONEST money into the care of their horses, but can’t get a level playing field.  Funny how when the med rules changed at MTR how some of the of the “better” so called trainers percentages fell off.  Just follow the rules, why should “Scooterfelt” be above the regulations everyone else is to follow. If you’re so good, then you shouldn’t have to cheat, If you follow the rules, then you don’t need an “program trainer”.

      • Digger

        yes!!!!

  • Bells

    As someone who has been on the racetrack for over 30 yrs I would put the feed program and the care that the Scooter Davis horses get up against ANY trainer in the country. Him and his employees work all day on taking care of those horses. And it’s a shame that people that don’t know him or how his outfit is run have to post comments on something they know nothing about.

  • Eli_toupes63

    Correct me if I’m wrong. This article has nothing to do with how the Davis stable cares for their horses. It is about using a program trainer time and time again. This is commonly known as deceiving the betting public, it has nothing to do with how well he feeds his horses !

  • Eli_toupes63

    Correct me if I’m wrong. This article has nothing to do with how the Davis stable cares for their horses. It is about using a program trainer time and time again. This is commonly known as deceiving the betting public, it has nothing to do with how well he feeds his horses !

  • Hoop4301

    I understand where you are at. The whole thing a program Trainer is done EVERYDAY EVERY Track, I was an Asst. Tr, with horses in Miami, The boss was in NY, with a string, same as all the guys with hundred horses in there care. They never see the horses, just call and see how everything is going, enter here, enter there. Saddle them, Call and tell how they run. Which now they can watch every where. I got out years ago but this has got me. The casinos are runing the Game of Horse racing they don’t care about ANY Horsemen/Horsepeople. They better look out for themselfs with these Casino people. Have a great day. Peace out

  • Sevencentsstable

    Actually, Terry was a regular rider at both Tampa and GLD. The alleged fixing of races was supposed to have occured at GLD, but the investigation came to light just prior to the opening of Tampa several years ago. Because of the investigation Tampa denied the riders entrance to their track. I remember following the whole thing when it was “new” news just because I knew many of the jockeys.

  • Digger

    I got where you are coming from but those trainers that have “strings” of horses and multiple stables in each state and are somehow .35%  and don’t even see their stock are whats ruining  the game. Horsemanship left these guys long ago when dollar signs sprung up and it  became about volume and money. The game would be much better off w/those string of horses spread among 10-20 trainers such as yourself  that actually cared for their horses instead of 1 absentee trainer that was trying to further his bottom line.

  • Holtzmana

    Digger- Youv’e hit the nail on the head. It’s hard to take any good betting position for the reasons you described. Indeed, for most races
    all we’ve learned about handicapping through the years is pretty much out the window. It’s really a medication game at this point and the only thing we get is a symbol for L(S)asix. Since almost all horses are on Lasix their whole racing life, that’s a worthless piece of information.
    While it wouldn’t solve the issue of illegal juicing, it would be helpful for handicapping if we knew more about what meds horses have been given legally by vets. For example, how about a (C) for Clenbuterol?Or an (S) for steroid use? If racing can’t cope with solving it’s medication era, at least we handicappers could benefit from an increased level of transparency.

  • ccmtr

    Whats sad is that a lot of other trainers put just as much time and hard earned HONEST money into the care of their horses, but can’t get a level playing field.  Funny how when the med rules changed at MTR how some of the of the “better” so called trainers percentages fell off.  Just follow the rules, why should “Scooterfelt” be above the regulations everyone else is to follow. If you’re so good, then you shouldn’t have to cheat, If you follow the rules, then you don’t need an “program trainer”.

  • Digger

    yes!!!!

  • Awsome1

    Nope….;)

  • mtrgal

    does this mean Davis is back at mtr?!

  • mtrashamed

    Surprise Surprise…   Shanyfelt entering all of his horses and Davis horses at Mountaineer !!!  Just goes to show you what a joke Mountaineer is and what a joke ROSEMARY is…  She should be fired from her job for this reason and many others.  Mountaineer lets this go on and lets David Wells come in (deleted)..  What a shame

    • mountainjoke

      PLACE IS A JOKE!!!!!! These people have broken every rule in the book!!!! Program trainer, hidden ownership the list goes on……Where ever the Davis stable goes they get a bad test.  The best part is ya he has been ruled off for all these violations what about the ones he had a Program Trainer signing for the horses and they had bad test!!!! Nice to see CT stepping up and putting a STOP to this freak show. 

  • PG

    Good for Mountaineer and Rosemary Williams for providing the betting public with full fields to wager on in the opening days of the Mountaineer meet, 113 horses entered for Friday and 115 on Saturday.  In contrast, Charles Town had a total of 74 horses entered Friday for the same amount (9) of races.

    • mountainjoke

       PEOPLE ARE BROKE THERE GOING TO RUN THERE HORSES EVEN IF THERE NOT READY!!!!! DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ROSEMARY….

      • PG

         There

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