Vet Caught Injecting Cibelli Horse Suspended 90 Days, Agrees to Cooperate
The veterinarian who injected a Jane Cibelli-trained horse on the day it was to race at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 27 has been suspended 90 days as a result of a stipulated agreement with the state of Florida’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
Dr. Orlando Paraliticci, who was seen injecting the horse Raven Train inside of the Cibelli barn at the Oldsmar, Fla., track by a veterinarian conducting pre-race examinations, has admitted the charges brought against him in the investigative report.
As part of the stipulated consent order, Paraliticci “expressly agrees to cooperate with the division’s continuing investigation or prosecution of other parties/ licensees” involved in the case, meaning he will “comply with any subpoena for deposition or hearing” issued by the DPMW. Failure to do so could result in potential revocation of his pari-mutuel occupational license in Florida.
No one else, including Cibelli, has been charged in the incident, under the state’s trainer responsibility rule or the house rules imposed by Tampa Bay Downs that cover areas not included in state law.
Paraliticci was kicked off the premises of Tampa Bay Downs by management about one week after the Jan. 27 incident.
Neither Paralittici nor Cibelli has returned messages from the Paulick Report for comment.
Raven Train was scheduled to compete in a $16,000 claiming event on Jan. 27. When an examining veterinarian working for Tampa Bay Downs approached the horse’s stall, Paraliticci allegedly was inside, with a vet assistant and a groom, injecting a knee, which is not permitted under Florida regulations for horses entered to race. A sign on the horse’s stall indicated he was to race later that day.
The 5-year-old son of Silver Train is owned by Hannah Smith, who told a reporter from Daily Racing Form that Cibelli informed her Raven Train was mistakenly treated with an “antibiotic.” The Form, citing a source close to the investigation, reported the syringe was tested and did not contain an antibiotic as claimed.
At the time of the incident, Cibelli was winning at a 39% rate at Tampa Bay Downs (13 wins from 33 starts). Her win percentage dropped considerably thereafter through the balance of the meeting. She won eight of her next 56 starts.
Near the end of the Tampa Bay meeting, Cibelli moved her stable to Monmouth Park in New Jersey, where she was leading trainer during the summer of 2011 and 2012.
She is currently 0-for-16 at the 2013 Monmouth Park meeting and a combined 0- for-27 at Monmouth, Belmont Park, Parx, Penn National, and Pimlico since leaving Tampa Bay Downs.
Paraliticci’s 90-day suspension began on May 20.