Will Rogers Downs: Safe Haven for Frog Juicers?

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Quarter horse trainer Jeffrey Heath Reed was suspended 21 years by the New Mexico Racing Commission stewards on Oct. 1 after four horses from his barn tested positive for the Class 1 drug dermorphin, commonly called frog juice, in futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs May 25. A fifth frog juice positive was dismissed because the sample label was unclear. One of those horses trained by Reed, Jess A Zoomin, later broke down and was euthanized after winning a trial for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Aug. 16.

On Oct. 19, Reed New Mexico district judge Carl J. Butkus issued a temporary restraining order and an injunction against the New Mexico Racing Commission from enforcing its penalties against Reed. Other trainers who received dermorphin suspensions received similar TRO’s and injunctions. Some equine drugging cases have been tied up in the New Mexico court system for years, much to the frustration of the New Mexico Racing Commission.

The injunction means stewards in any state are unable to prevent Reed and others from participation. However, New Mexico racetrack owners have told Reed and other trainers with Class 1 violations they are not welcome. Remington Park in Oklahoma City similarly told Reed he is not allowed to train or enter horses there.

Nonetheless, Reed has found a safe haven, at Will Rogers Downs near Claremore, Okla., a track owned by the Cherokee Nation tribe and named for Oklahoma’s favorite son, a humorist who probably wouldn’t find anything funny about this sorry state of affairs.  See what the Paulick Report discovered in the video below.



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  • Ace

    Thank you Ray for standing up and being heard.

  • Ace

    Thank you Ray for standing up and being heard.

  • equinevet

    Not that anyone would want that signal but I would certainly lobby my racing commission to not allow their signal into our track or allow them to simulcast our signal.  I hope the AQHA Racing Committee members view this. 

    • ziggypop

      The AQHA will not do one thing about this guy because they make  a lot of money off registering his many horses. When was the last time there was even one press release from the AQHA stating how appalled they are about drugging horses and how they are working to stop it?  Their silence is deafening.

      • Sharon

        You obviously don’t keep up with what AQHA is doing.  You might want to go to their web-site and see what has been done.  Knowledge before posting keeps you from looking like an uniformed idiot.

        • ziggypop

           Thank you for that. I am on their web site and see nothing in News, or on their Front Page. Would love a link.

        • ziggypop

           Did find this on the DRF.

          “will be ineligible to compete in the 2012 program of Racing Challenge
          Championships at Prairie Meadows in Iowa on Oct. 27.  In addition, any
          AQHA memberships they hold will be suspended pending the outcome of
          their cases. The AQHA also announced that any horses the trainers own or
          have in their care as of Oct. 19 will no longer be eligible for racing
          points or year-end championship awards.”

          Wow, this is a tough punishment and surely will stop the behavior in it’s tracks.

          • perks

            Lot of good that aqha statement did.. they just put their challenge horse in another trainers name and ran it anyway in Iowa.

            You wont find OK bad test information on any OK racing website, or for that matter anywhere.. Now it might or might not show up over a year later when they file their annual report for 2012 – later sometime in 2013. Laughable.

      • Sevencentsstable

        I thought the AQHA had suspended all the demorphin trainers from participation in all AQHA sanctioned competitioneffective Oct 16?

        • ziggypop

           Would love to see that link!

  • equinevet

    Not that anyone would want that signal but I would certainly lobby my racing commission to not allow their signal into our track or allow them to simulcast our signal.  I hope the AQHA Racing Committee members view this. 

  • ASL

    Gotta love Oklahoma.  Most conservative, Bible-thumping state in the nation, yet they allow such animal abusers to train horses.  Where’s the righteous Christian indignation when you need it!  Keep up the investigative journalism, Paulick Report! Will Rogers Downs should be ashamed.

    • Katz58

      Me thinks it is happening in Kentucky where politicians and lawyers are directly involved in horse ownership. They possible use the system to cheat, win the purse money, and then back up the cheaters by using the legal system to their advantage.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

        In Argentina is the same in some racing tracks with the racing commision and there friends………………….

    • Rachel

      Now it’s religious people’s fault he’s racing in Oklahoma?

      I thought he was on sovereign Indian Nation land…and that other tracks in OK were also banning him…

    • Tppt2

      I’d bet most conservative, Bible thumpers would not be interested in horse races and if they new this was going on would use it as an excuse to condemn horse racing in general.   What bother’s you more Christians or horse abuse?

    • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

      Animal abusers don´t have to train horses, are a shame. Great investigations from Mr. Paulick.

    • clorisiousjacksonous

      they are busy pounding your mother like a dog you bigot

    • kjhkjhkjhkjh

      the bigots also get ahead, like the prick ASL, the typical whiny democrat coward

  • ASL

    Gotta love Oklahoma.  Most conservative, Bible-thumping state in the nation, yet they allow such animal abusers to train horses.  Where’s the righteous Christian indignation when you need it!  Keep up the investigative journalism when you need it.  Will Rogers Downs should be ashamed. 

  • Meyer1127

    What in the world are they thinking.We should all send an email expressing how we feel about this.And people wonder what is arong with racing in the United States when these kind of so called trainers are allowed at any Race Track.

    • Panzaretta

       I’ll send an email, What’s the email address at the track and to whom should it be addressed, the Stewards?

  • Meyer1127

    What in the world are they thinking.We should all send an email expressing how we feel about this.And people wonder what is arong with racing in the United States when these kind of so called trainers are allowed at any Race Track.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000060014659 JoJo Zumwalt

    Thank You Ray for making this story. This is exactly why I am absolutely convinced that horse racing needs a National Horse Racing Commission. Abusive trainers can still cross state lines and continue to abuse the horses. I think JH Reed is a disgrace and a cheater.

    • Dcurtis

      Jo Jo they got TRO’s from a court of law, racing commissions can not over ride that, national or not. In these cases the track owners need to ban these trainers, like Okla. and New Mex. did, and like Turf Paradise did several years ago with a undesirable trainer.

      • Dcurtis

        Let me clarify Remington Park in Okla.

        • Tracklady

          Remington Park has ruled Reed off.  He is not allowed on property, issued stalls or race.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

      I agree with you !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000060014659 JoJo Zumwalt

    Thank You Ray for making this story. This is exactly why I am absolutely convinced that horse racing needs a National Horse Racing Commission. Abusive trainers can still cross state lines and continue to abuse the horses. I think JH Reed is a disgrace and a cheater.

  • Shannon

    Excellent investigative report, Ray. Thank you for the information. Disgusting scenario.

  • Shannon

    Excellent investigative report, Ray. Thank you for the information. Disgusting scenario.

  • Dcurtis

    Jo Jo they got TRO’s from a court of law, racing commissions can not over ride that, national or not. In these cases the track owners need to ban these trainers, like Okla. and New Mex. did, and like Turf Paradise did several years ago with a undesirable trainer.

  • Dcurtis

    Let me clarify Remington Park in Okla.

  • No Penalties in Horse Racing

    This is how journalists earn respect.  Good reporting.  Shame on Will Rogers Downs and shame on the steward.

    • Ace

       I love the stewards “don’t do this Ray”-don’t do what, expose you for the incompetent pos that u are?

      • Kevin732boo

        Innocent until proven guilty

    • http://www.facebook.com/MaureenTierney51 Maureen Tierney

      Yes, it was a very good reporting job.  And the steward’s comment was a statement of his knowledge and complicitness.

    • Mlmartin

      lets not forget the television racing channels that show these tracks. hit them both ( channels and tracks ) in their wallets, maybe there will be some changes then.

  • No Penalties in Horse Racing

    This is how journalists earn respect.  Good reporting.  Shame on Will Rogers Downs and shame on the steward.

  • BrucePolycrete

    Thanks, Ray for publicizing that this race track, Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma allows this dirt bag to run horses there. Keep spreading the word… 

    • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

      Yes, please continue spreading what happens with drugs in horse racing !

  • BrucePolycrete

    Thanks, Ray for publicizing that this race track, Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma allows this dirt bag to run horses there. Keep spreading the word… 

  • No Penalties in Horse Racing

    Does anyone know how much of the Indian Casino money one would have left if one of Reed’s horses would unfortunately go down and a rider was hurt and the horse was found to have illegal painkillers in it’s system?

    • http://www.facebook.com/MaureenTierney51 Maureen Tierney

      That is a great point!  If trainers and owners were responsible for jockey’s bills if they are injured riding a drugged horse, that would be a deterrent.  And if they were held responsible for any jockey death or injury that left them incapacitated in any way, ditto.  

      Perhaps that’s something that should be considered and pushed by the Jockey Guild, and the HBPA. 

    • Dcurtis

      The Court of Law has control now, not I repeat, not the Racing Commissions.

      • Dbthndr

        The commissions have control over what is happening with all the bad test that they did nothing about this spring! What a joke they are!

  • No Penalties in Horse Racing

    Does anyone know how much of the Indian Casino money one would have left if one of Reed’s horses would unfortunately go down and a rider was hurt and the horse was found to have illegal painkillers in it’s system?

  • Ace

     I love the stewards “don’t do this Ray”-don’t do what, expose you for the incompetent pos that u are?

  • Dbthndr

    Oklahoma is rapidly becoming a place known for drug use in horses, look at the trainers cought using frog juice at Will Rogers downs last spring that never even had a hearing, i know of one tht says his split came back positive, but he was sure they were going to drop all of his. no wonder horse racing here is in trouble.

    • anonymus

       WHY DON’T YOU ASK THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RACING COMMISSION AND MAKE A VIDEO OF HIS RESPONSE.HE DOESN’T EVEN LET ANYONE EVEN KNOW THIS BEHAVIOR IS GOING ON OR DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT. AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED HE IS THE WEAK SISTER OF THE INDUSTRY IN OKLAHOMA.

  • Dbthndr

    Oklahoma is rapidly becoming a place known for drug use in horses, look at the trainers cought using frog juice at Will Rogers downs last spring that never even had a hearing, i know of one tht says his split came back positive, but he was sure they were going to drop all of his. no wonder horse racing here is in trouble.

  • Racin’ Gal

    Excellent job Ray!  Please keep bringing the heat and exposing this guy for the criminal he is.  Where is the AQHA?  Where is the OK Racing Commission?  s

    And right behind this why is Heath Taylor saddling a horse in the Texas Classic Saturday night?  He too has received an extensive suspension and is a known abuser?  Is Texas a safe haven as well?  Where is the Texas Racing Commission?

    • RayPaulick

      If a suspended trainer has received an temporary restraining order or injunction, there is little or nothing racing commissions or stewards can do. It is up to track management to exercise its private property rights of exclusion, something tracks in New Mexico have done, as well as Remington Park in Oklahoma. 

    • Tracklady

      Reed is still racing horses at Lone Star Park also.  Why is that happening???

  • Tbhorseman

    Alvin Smith’s wife is running his horses in LA.

  • Racin’ Gal

    Excellent job Ray!  Please keep bringing the heat and exposing this guy for the criminal he is.  Where is the AQHA?  Where is the OK Racing Commission?  s

    And right behind this why is Heath Taylor saddling a horse in the Texas Classic Saturday night?  He too has received an extensive suspension and is a known abuser?  Is Texas a safe haven as well?  Where is the Texas Racing Commission?

  • Tbhorseman

    Alvin Smith’s wife is running his horses in LA.

  • HorsejockBELAQUSAR

    Same BS as Richard Dutrow Jr being allowed to continue and train.  They get caught breaking the rules yet our wonderful legal system keeps them in the game.  It’s a shame and embarassing for horse racing.
    The trainers aren’t afraid of punishment because it never seems to really come down on them.  Doug O’Neill took his like a man this year and served his time and hopefully learned a lesson.

    • Stacey Jo White

      Dutrow and ONeill have never had Class 1 violations or even close. It’s apples and oranges.

    • Tbhorseman

      O’Neil’s asst trained the horses.  That isn’t a suspension it is a paid vacation.

  • HorsejockBELAQUSAR

    Same BS as Richard Dutrow Jr being allowed to continue and train.  They get caught breaking the rules yet our wonderful legal system keeps them in the game.  It’s a shame and embarassing for horse racing.
    The trainers aren’t afraid of punishment because it never seems to really come down on them.  Doug O’Neill took his like a man this year and served his time and hopefully learned a lesson.

  • RayPaulick

    If a suspended trainer has received an temporary restraining order or injunction, there is little or nothing racing commissions or stewards can do. It is up to track management to exercise its private property rights of exclusion, something tracks in New Mexico have done, as well as Remington Park in Oklahoma. 

  • John McEvoy

    Don’t like “our legal system”? Try China’s or Russia’s

    • Concerned Texas Horsemen

      Though I agree with due process and the right to appeal shouldn’t this guy be denied ANY racing privileges until his appeals are over?  If a person is found guilty of “comparable” serious crimes in criminal courts and are sentenced to jail they most of the time sit in jail until their appeals are heard.

  • John McEvoy

    Don’t like “our legal system”? Try China’s or Russia’s

  • ziggypop

    The AQHA will not do one thing about this guy because they make  a lot of money off registering his many horses. When was the last time there was even one press release from the AQHA stating how appalled they are about drugging horses and how they are working to stop it?  Their silence is deafening.

  • ziggypop

    Bravo Ray!!! Well done!  Anyone who is not speaking out against the people like Reed, are complicit to fatalities and harm caused the horses and jockeys and should be held as accountable.

  • ziggypop

    Bravo Ray!!! Well done!  Anyone who is not speaking out against the people like Reed, are complicit to fatalities and harm caused the horses and jockeys and should be held as accountable.

  • ziggypop

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  • ziggypop
  • sick of it

    Many thanks for exposing this…….As WRD locals we have been wondering why a cheater like this has been allowed to enter and run.  We had also heard about numerous positives that were swept under the rug earlier in the year.  Keep up the good work.  Squeeky wheel gets the grease! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

      I agree. Here in Argentina are a lot of cheaters with drugs on horse racing, it’s a shame………… Come on with your exposings !

    • Jleje68436

      I was there at that time and heard the same thing.  I rode a horse that ran 2nd to the horse that one of those trainers had..

  • sick of it

    Many thanks for exposing this…….As WRD locals we have been wondering why a cheater like this has been allowed to enter and run.  We had also heard about numerous positives that were swept under the rug earlier in the year.  Keep up the good work.  Squeeky wheel gets the grease! 

  • Sharon

    You obviously don’t keep up with what AQHA is doing.  You might want to go to their web-site and see what has been done.  Knowledge before posting keeps you from looking like an uniformed idiot.

  • Sharon

    While I agree with all of this, it’s interesting there were no comments made about the owners who hire Reed.

    • equinevet

      Or the jockeys who agree to ride for him and other’s who are still competing?  Why in the world would a jock want to be on any of these horses??? 

      • nu-fan

        Equinevet:  I’m assuming that there are a lot of jockeys who make very little money and will ride anything, even if it endangers their lives and those of others riding on the same track.  And, if a jockey declines a ride, does it make it more difficult to get another mount?  I don’t have the answers to this but would like to see a jockey who has firsthand knowledge of this situation reply.

        • Jleje68436

          As a Jockey,I sure as heck do not know if any of the horses I have rode were given any illegal meds.  That most likely happens just a few hours before the race and the Jockeys would be in the Jockeys room, per rules…

          • nu-fan

            Thank you for the reply.  I’ve rarely seen any input from jockeys on this website.  But, do you ever see behavior in some of the horses that you ride that worry you about whether they were given any illegal drugs such as dermorphin?  Could you or any jockey be putting yourself in danger of injury if the horse has been given this drug?  Do the jockeys ever talk about hearing about this drug being used on any of the racetracks?  And, again, thank you for your comments.

          • Jleje68436

            As to the behavior, I’ve rode good and bad mannered horses (as all riders have), and so saying, couldn’t tell if the horse was given anything or not. From what I’ve heard, drugs such as Dermorphin is dangerious. Any drug that mask pain is bad, if the horse cannot feel anything.  I have never heard any Jocks talking about riding horses with any drugs other than when the horse comes back with a bad test, which is usually an overage of Bute.

      • Roisin

        It’s called enabling. And without enablers it is a lot more difficult for the unscrupulous to operate.

    • Katz58

      Right on. What about the vets giving the shots? |They should be investigated and lose their right to practice on the track. It is obvious that judges and lawyers own horses and are using their power to get the trainers off of the charges?

      • Bma

        vets usually are not the ones giving these drugs trainers are sneaking them in

    • nu-fan

      Sharon:  Thank you for bringing up the owners….  That has always been my thinking all along.  These owners are either totally clueless (no excuse) or have very low morals and ethics and will get the trainers who have similar values.  Owners should never get off the hook, especially in a case like this.  Wouldn’t we, if owners, check out the background of a trainer that we were thinking of hiring? 

      • perks

        you could check out information on a trainer, but not in Oklahoma.  Where you going to go get that info??? All trainers are clean until they get caught, and not all horses in a race are tested. Its a mess and I would really prefer not to run horses in OK until the people who call the shots  get real.

        The elephant is in the room, but they continue to turn their head.  Track owners throwning out trainers with class 1 bad tests are our only hope at this point.

        • nu-fan

          perks:  I would do it the same way most employers do background checks and there are a multitude of ways to do this.  But, keep in mind that those who cheat will cheat in many areas.  You might not get info about drugs but look at other clues.  1)  Ask the trainer for a list of which tracks he has raced on for the past 5 years; then, contact those racetrack owners and get information that you think is important. 2) Ask the trainer for references including jockeys and other trainers; if you don’t recognize reputable names, be wary.  Then, contact these individuals; if they do not give you an enthusiastic “yes” about the trainer, be wary.  People are often hesitant to say anything negative but will usually be more than happy to recommend those that they believe are reputable/reliable/etc. and will say so.  3) Stay abreast with racing news.  I’m just a fan of racing but even I knew this guy’s name (Reed) from reading previous articles on this website. 4) I would assume that you know of some trainers who are highly respected in your area.  Ask them if they have heard of the trainer that you are considering hiring.  You might also use that as an opportunity to ask them if they can refer you to someone that they think would be a good fit for your horse.  6) There are some businesses (found on the Internet) that can give you background information on a job applicant (such as a trainer).  Information might not be horse industry specific but may give you some idea about that person.  The fee is relatively low and would offer information about his/her background.  They won’t tell you whether you should or should not hire someone but you will be able to gain some insights about that person. And, from that information, does what the trainer tell you parallel what the background information provides?  If not, be wary. They could be hiding something  7) Lastly, and most important: I would ask those who have hired trainers what industry specific advice they can give you based on their experience.   I wish you well.  When you have a horse that you care for, you need to make certain that the horse’s welfare is in safe hands.  And, I encourage other readers, here, to provide additional suggestions for your benefit…. 

          • Dbthndr

            What you write may sound good to you, but none of what you say is realistic. You say your just a fan, and I beleive you, becouse obviously you have never been on the backside of a track. Ive been training horses for years, and found it to be a cut throat place! Go ask trainers about one another and you will see tha most of the time they do not talk good about the other behind each others back, and if you ask the top trainers or owners about references, then your asking the wrong people, becouse all the top trainers have had multiple bad test, and the owners still have horses with them! I have trained for 15 years, and have never had a bad test for anything, and its hard as heck for me to get new owners, becouse I dont win at 30%. So its trainers like me that dont catch a brake, and trainers that use drugs keep getting ahead becouse owners want to win at all cost! its all about money! so if you want to find good honest trainers, find one thats been training a while, with cheap horses, that win at a realistic % and see if he or she has had any bad test, and then give them a chance to make a living doing what they love, training race horses!

          • nu-fan

            Dbthndr:  The suggestions that I made are used extensively in business, both large and small.  If they are not used in horseracing, then, they should be.  Otherwise, it promotes a culture that is not professional and lacking accountability.  But, you also made a comment about how many owners look only at the win record.  Goes back to the owners again, doesn’t it?  If that is their primary criteria for selecting a trainer, then, that is what they will get far too often: A trainer that wins at whatever cost.  Sounds like you need to partner up (informally) with those who you respect and get them to recommed you, highly, to owners who want to race their horses fairly and safely.  You might–if you don’t already have one–want to consider developing a website (or social media such as Facebook) that provides the information which emphasizes your experience, high ethics, clean record, and so forth.  I’ll bet there are owners out there looking for someone with your skills and talents but may not know how to find you.  And, it doesn’t necessarily cost big bucks to get someone to develop a website for you.  Some college students in computer science as well as some really skilled high school students would be able to do this and at a very fair price.   Good luck with your efforts.  But, remain positive and project the information (to potential clients) the things that you can do that safeguards their investment (their horse).

          • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

            Some things you write here are true, a lot of people want to win and they don´t care which is the price they have to pay. Fame and money, don´t care about the horse, all cheaters, they have two faces ! This people have to be out of horse racing.

          • ebill

            I would certainly pick my trainer before I picked my horses. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

      Some owners like the advantage with drugs, all a shame.

  • Sharon

    While I agree with all of this, it’s interesting there were no comments made about the owners who hire Reed.

  • equinevet

    Or the jockeys who agree to ride for him and other’s who are still competing?  Why in the world would a jock want to be on any of these horses??? 

  • danzig

    Very good piece of journalism!

  • danzig

    Very good piece of journalism!

  • nu-fan

    This is, unfortunately, what a lot of fans assume is occuring in racing everywhere. Of course, that isn’t true, but this example fuels that perception.  It doesn’t necessarily matter if this occurs with thoroughbred or quarter horses. To many fans, they are both “horseracing”. And, Ray, yes, I have to agree with the other readers. This report is an example of true journalism. Good job!

    • MariaTeresa Pradère

      Congratulations to Sir Paulick !

  • nu-fan

    This is, unfortunately, what a lot of fans assume is occuring in racing everywhere. Of course, that isn’t true, but this example fuels that perception.  It doesn’t necessarily matter if this occurs with thoroughbred or quarter horses. To many fans, they are both “horseracing”. And, Ray, yes, I have to agree with the other readers. This report is an example of true journalism. Good job!

  • Perks

    Unreal, track owners need to step up!!  Were Waiting?

    • Dbthndr

      As long as people keep going to the casinos, the track owners could care less!

  • Perks

    Unreal, track owners need to step up!!  Were Waiting?

  • Harry

    Court judges literally supporting illegal drug use of horses by so called “horse trainers”. The fact a trainer can be suspended in one state and move to another state to continue illegal use of drugs to horses is so SAD. What is also sad is trainers are allowed to literally get away with horse cruelty,illegal drug use and who knows what ever else and because of an appeal is allowed to continue this horrendous practice in another state and continue to train race horses. I think a shot of Frog Juice should be given to Mr. Reed and see how he likes the reaction. Crooks are allowed to be crooks and trainers who follow rules have no reason to continue on right path and train according to rules. Horse racing is in a very very very sad state in United States. 

  • Harry

    Court judges literally supporting illegal drug use of horses by so called “horse trainers”. The fact a trainer can be suspended in one state and move to another state to continue illegal use of drugs to horses is so SAD. What is also sad is trainers are allowed to literally get away with horse cruelty,illegal drug use and who knows what ever else and because of an appeal is allowed to continue this horrendous practice in another state and continue to train race horses. I think a shot of Frog Juice should be given to Mr. Reed and see how he likes the reaction. Crooks are allowed to be crooks and trainers who follow rules have no reason to continue on right path and train according to rules. Horse racing is in a very very very sad state in United States. 

  • Katz58

    It seems obvious that the Republican, right-wing, bible thumping, all boys club within the legal system have some horse ownership perhaps? This would explain why these repeated serious doping violators are getting off??!! If this were true, then they are using the legal system to support their horses while drugging them, winning all the purse money, and cheating while doing it. We desperately need an independent inquiry by the Justice Department into what exactly is going on??!!

    • Dbthndr

      If people would get together and stay out of these casinos that allow these goons to run their horses, then i bet somthing would get done!

    • La Paloma

       Sir, I am as disappointed and disgusted as you and many others readers regarding Will Rogers decision but you negate your point by petty remarks regarding the Oklahoma racing industry. A) If a political view, patriotism, and God is offensive to your inferred liberal bias: I make no apology for myself and fellow Oklahoma Horsemen. B)One would think that horse racing would be apolitical(without ideological leanings), that the goal is an industry safe, humane, and inclusive to all  individuals regardless of sex, race, religion, and/or political persuasion. Make your point; the industry needs fiixing. The rest is superfluous.

      Good reporting Mr. Paulrick.

  • Katz58

    It seems obvious that the Republican, right-wing, bible thumping, all boys club within the legal system have some horse ownership perhaps? This would explain why these repeated serious doping violators are getting off??!! If this were true, then they are using the legal system to support their horses while drugging them, winning all the purse money, and cheating while doing it. We desperately need an independent inquiry by the Justice Department into what exactly is going on??!!

  • Katz58

    Me thinks it is happening in Kentucky where politicians and lawyers are directly involved in horse ownership. They possible use the system to cheat, win the purse money, and then back up the cheaters by using the legal system to their advantage.

  • Katz58

    Right on. What about the vets giving the shots? |They should be investigated and lose their right to practice on the track. It is obvious that judges and lawyers own horses and are using their power to get the trainers off of the charges?

  • Noelle

    Obviously the steward is well aware that Reed shouldn’t be anywhere near a horse or he’d have stopped to explain himself instead of running away.  Instead he says “don’t do this….”  In other words, don’t expose what’s going on here.  You’re quite right – this situation is a slander on Will Rogers’ good name.

  • Noelle

    Obviously the steward is well aware that Reed shouldn’t be anywhere near a horse or he’d have stopped to explain himself instead of running away.  Instead he says “don’t do this….”  In other words, don’t expose what’s going on here.  You’re quite right – this situation is a slander on Will Rogers’ good name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaureenTierney51 Maureen Tierney

    That is a great point!  If trainers and owners were responsible for jockey’s bills if they are injured riding a drugged horse, that would be a deterrent.  And if they were held responsible for any jockey death or injury that left them incapacitated in any way, ditto.  

    Perhaps that’s something that should be considered and pushed by the Jockey Guild, and the HBPA. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaureenTierney51 Maureen Tierney

    Yes, it was a very good reporting job.  And the steward’s comment was a statement of his knowledge and complicitness.

  • Angelika Hala Kerr

    Brave work, Ray – thank you for doing this. 

  • Angelika Hala Kerr

    Brave work, Ray – thank you for doing this. 

  • Tsparks

    What about DUTROW ?  How many does he have ?

  • Tsparks

    What about DUTROW ?  How many does he have ?

  • Dbthndr

    If people would get together and stay out of these casinos that allow these goons to run their horses, then i bet somthing would get done!

  • Dbthndr

    As long as people keep going to the casinos, the track owners could care less!

  • nu-fan

    Equinevet:  I’m assuming that there are a lot of jockeys who make very little money and will ride anything, even if it endangers their lives and those of others riding on the same track.  And, if a jockey declines a ride, does it make it more difficult to get another mount?  I don’t have the answers to this but would like to see a jockey who has firsthand knowledge of this situation reply.

  • nu-fan

    Sharon:  Thank you for bringing up the owners….  That has always been my thinking all along.  These owners are either totally clueless (no excuse) or have very low morals and ethics and will get the trainers who have similar values.  Owners should never get off the hook, especially in a case like this.  Wouldn’t we, if owners, check out the background of a trainer that we were thinking of hiring? 

  • Hareteamracing

    Kudo’s to Scott Wells and Remington Park for not allowing those cheaters to compete at our race track.  The frog juicers have given Quarter horse racing even worse image than they had to begin with.  But what has happened to the positive tests in Oklahoma?

  • Hareteamracing

    Kudo’s to Scott Wells and Remington Park for not allowing those cheaters to compete at our race track.  The frog juicers have given Quarter horse racing even worse image than they had to begin with.  But what has happened to the positive tests in Oklahoma?

  • Panzaretta

     I’ll send an email, What’s the email address at the track and to whom should it be addressed, the Stewards?

  • Tracklady

    Remington Park has ruled Reed off.  He is not allowed on property, issued stalls or race.

  • Tracklady

    Reed is still racing horses at Lone Star Park also.  Why is that happening???

  • Sevencentsstable

    I thought the AQHA had suspended all the demorphin trainers from participation in all AQHA sanctioned competitioneffective Oct 16?

  • Arnfull62

    FWIW Albuquerque Downs in NM made a Big Deal about NOT allowing these demorphin trainers on their trac. Yet Carlos Sedillo just moved his horses into a small trainer’s name, got 30 or so stalls for said horses (3 barns away from program trainer’s stalls), sat in the infield in his truck (emblazoned with C/S Racing big red letters), watched all his horses train (in his tack and saddle pads, big C/S on them), and spoke to his barn help at the stable gate before and after training. Sorry Albuquerque, you dropped the ball!!!

    • Dcurtis

      He very well may be doing everything you say, except sitting in the infield of all places in his truck, he is ruled off the grounds period. 

      • Arnfull62

        Nope, at Albuquerque the infield is partial parking lot. I saw him there, several times, every time I was at ABQ in the morning. I am guessing it is one of “those” *wink*wink* rules. Too bad, because in theory it was a good call. 

  • Arnfull62

    FWIW Albuquerque Downs in NM made a Big Deal about NOT allowing these demorphin trainers on their trac. Yet Carlos Sedillo just moved his horses into a small trainer’s name, got 30 or so stalls for said horses (3 barns away from program trainer’s stalls), sat in the infield in his truck (emblazoned with C/S Racing big red letters), watched all his horses train (in his tack and saddle pads, big C/S on them), and spoke to his barn help at the stable gate before and after training. Sorry Albuquerque, you dropped the ball!!!

  • Yovankajojo

    why hell he should do like they do in C.Town just get someone else to run them in thier name like scooter davis and doug shantyfelt

  • Yovankajojo

    why hell he should do like they do in C.Town just get someone else to run them in thier name like scooter davis and doug shantyfelt

  • La Paloma

     Sir, I am as disappointed and disgusted as you and many others readers regarding Will Rogers decision but you negate your point by petty remarks regarding the Oklahoma racing industry. A) If a political view, patriotism, and God is offensive to your inferred liberal bias: I make no apology for myself and fellow Oklahoma Horsemen. B)One would think that horse racing would be apolitical(without ideological leanings), that the goal is an industry safe, humane, and inclusive to all  individuals regardless of sex, race, religion, and/or political persuasion. Make your point; the industry needs fiixing. The rest is superfluous.

    Good reporting Mr. Paulrick.

  • QFan

    Why only pick on Oklahoma? Go talk to Louisiana and Texas. Heath Taylor got a 5 year ban and yet he has a horse in the $1M Tx Classic this weekend and 2 in the $1M futurity next weekend….in Louisiana, no less.

  • QFan

    Why only pick on Oklahoma? Go talk to Louisiana and Texas. Heath Taylor got a 5 year ban and yet he has a horse in the $1M Tx Classic this weekend and 2 in the $1M futurity next weekend….in Louisiana, no less.

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.lawson.5 Don Lawson

    good on you , ray

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.lawson.5 Don Lawson

    good on you , ray

  • anonymus

     WHY DON’T YOU ASK THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RACING COMMISSION AND MAKE A VIDEO OF HIS RESPONSE.HE DOESN’T EVEN LET ANYONE EVEN KNOW THIS BEHAVIOR IS GOING ON OR DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT. AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED HE IS THE WEAK SISTER OF THE INDUSTRY IN OKLAHOMA.

  • ken tucky

    the owners, trainers, vets, and jockeys dont do anything to stop this cruelty to animals.  the penn national jockeys stopped riding for michael gill.  why dont they do the same in other parts of the country ?     horsemen dont turn in other horsemen.   which means they are just as guilty.    how corrupt are today’s backstretches ? 

    • Howard Stevens

      It was very curious that the Penn National jockey colony which refused to ride the Gill horses were only too happy to ride the exact same animals as soon as they were sold to other stables.  The horses that they claimed were a danger were miraculously transformed overnight into satisfactory rides simply by a change of address. 

  • ken tucky

    the owners, trainers, vets, and jockeys dont do anything to stop this cruelty to animals.  the penn national jockeys stopped riding for michael gill.  why dont they do the same in other parts of the country ?     horsemen dont turn in other horsemen.   which means they are just as guilty.    how corrupt are today’s backstretches ? 

  • Stacey Jo White

    Dutrow and ONeill have never had Class 1 violations or even close. It’s apples and oranges.

  • Howard Stevens

    It was very curious that the Penn National jockey colony which refused to ride the Gill horses were only too happy to ride the exact same animals as soon as they were sold to other stables.  The horses that they claimed were a danger were miraculously transformed overnight into satisfactory rides simply by a change of address. 

  • Lou Baranello

    Somebody please tell me that the New Mexico Racing Commission is filing an appeal against this egregious ruling by Judge Butkus.

  • Lou Baranello

    Somebody please tell me that the New Mexico Racing Commission is filing an appeal against this egregious ruling by Judge Butkus.

  • Rachel

    Now it’s religious people’s fault he’s racing in Oklahoma?

    I thought he was on sovereign Indian Nation land…and that other tracks in OK were also banning him…

  • cc

    Reed is not the only trainer at Will rogers that is currently  under suspension, check them out

  • cc

    Reed is not the only trainer at Will rogers that is currently  under suspension, check them out

  • ziggypop

     Thank you for that. I am on their web site and see nothing in News, or on their Front Page. Would love a link.

  • ziggypop

     Would love to see that link!

  • ziggypop

     Did find this on the DRF.

    “will be ineligible to compete in the 2012 program of Racing Challenge
    Championships at Prairie Meadows in Iowa on Oct. 27.  In addition, any
    AQHA memberships they hold will be suspended pending the outcome of
    their cases. The AQHA also announced that any horses the trainers own or
    have in their care as of Oct. 19 will no longer be eligible for racing
    points or year-end championship awards.”

    Wow, this is a tough punishment and surely will stop the behavior in it’s tracks.

  • perks

    Lot of good that aqha statement did.. they just put their challenge horse in another trainers name and ran it anyway in Iowa.

    You wont find OK bad test information on any OK racing website, or for that matter anywhere.. Now it might or might not show up over a year later when they file their annual report for 2012 – later sometime in 2013. Laughable.

  • perks

    AND THANK YOU RAY FOR TAKING THE TIME TO RECORD YOUR FINDINGS.

  • perks

    AND THANK YOU RAY FOR TAKING THE TIME TO RECORD YOUR FINDINGS.

  • Cherivaughan

    Mr. Paulick, I really appreciate this piece. More expose’ please! You are good at it and it is SO important. 

  • Cherivaughan

    Mr. Paulick, I really appreciate this piece. More expose’ please! You are good at it and it is SO important. 

  • Mlmartin

    lets not forget the television racing channels that show these tracks. hit them both ( channels and tracks ) in their wallets, maybe there will be some changes then.

  • Kevin732boo

    Innocent until proven guilty

  • GSleek

    What people don’t get is this part of the industry. It goes on in every barn to some degree or other. These trainers just got caught that’s it. Here is how it works …. They will all run on something as long as it will pass a test. When someone gets caught they stop an start looking for something else that will pass. Do you really think these guys who got caught would have ran these horses knowing the out come. Its a crooked industry it is what it is wish people would just except that and enjoy what you see on the track. Drugs, jockeys with bugs, holding of horses till the end of a meet to drive up the betting odd sounds like a sport all on the up and up to me

    • Dbthndr

      I have trained horses since 1997 and never had a bad test for anything, and i have to say that i am so disgusted with horse racing now! The only way to make a living in this sport is to win races at 30%, and the only way to do that is to cheat. I have barely squeezed out a living at this, and will probably have to get out after Remington, and im sure im not the only one! I never thought it would ever come to me saying that I wouldnt care if racing in Olahoma ended for good, but thats how i feel now. I hope Somebody jumps in and handles all the bad test that came in the spring at Will Rogers, if hey dont, there is going to be alot of people to start usig drugs in there horses, and racing will eventually run out of supporters!

      • Equine Avenger

        Sorry Dbthndr! I feel the same as you do. I started training in 92, although I managed a decent win percentage, I got sick of trying to compete with all the cheats and abusers. I got out of the training end about 8 years ago. I’m still working closely with horses within the industry, just not conditioning them anymore. I see so many of these so-called “trainers” today and its totally sad. Clueless comes to mind. Vet trainers! Needle trainers! Cell phone trainers! Assembly line operators. I could run circles around most of them. Horses I had in my care were happier, healthier, sounder and far more intelligent and professional then many of the equine athletes we see today. We didn’t need to lead most horses to the paddock with a lip chain back in the day. Unfortunately, my breed is all but nearly extinct. Nobody wants an honest, handons legman type horseman anymore.

        • Cory Patton

          You are correct EA!  Why do you think Pletcher runs all his horses with a dropped noseband?  It is so they do not have to take the time to see what each horse needs so they use it on all of them.

    • Tbhorseman

      In Chicago 26 horses had positive tests for prednisone and the owners got to keep the money.  The vets who knowingly gave it against the rules had no repercussions and the trainers received small fines versus the money they got to win the races.  What is the reason to be legit?  I am getting out of the business within the next year.  Sold the last one I owned myself.

  • GSleek

    What people don’t get is this part of the industry. It goes on in every barn to some degree or other. These trainers just got caught that’s it. Here is how it works …. They will all run on something as long as it will pass a test. When someone gets caught they stop an start looking for something else that will pass. Do you really think these guys who got caught would have ran these horses knowing the out come. Its a crooked industry it is what it is wish people would just except that and enjoy what you see on the track. Drugs, jockeys with bugs, holding of horses till the end of a meet to drive up the betting odd sounds like a sport all on the up and up to me

  • Tppt2

    I’d bet most conservative, Bible thumpers would not be interested in horse races and if they new this was going on would use it as an excuse to condemn horse racing in general.   What bother’s you more Christians or horse abuse?

  • Dcurtis

    He very well may be doing everything you say, except sitting in the infield of all places in his truck, he is ruled off the grounds period. 

  • MariaTeresa Pradère

    Congratulations to Sir Paulick !

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

    I agree. Here in Argentina are a lot of cheaters with drugs on horse racing, it’s a shame………… Come on with your exposings !

  • Dcurtis

    The Court of Law has control now, not I repeat, not the Racing Commissions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

    Drugs in horse racing are a shame. Doping is cheating everywhere you go. People who are cheaters have to be out of Racing Commisions, stables, and all arround horses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

    Drugs in horse racing are a shame. Doping is cheating everywhere you go. People who are cheaters have to be out of Racing Commisions, stables, and all arround horses.

  • Rmarchiondo

    keep up the great work

  • Rmarchiondo

    keep up the great work

  • railbirdpete

    Looks like he’s off the frog juice and is just a lousy trainer now…

  • railbirdpete

    Looks like he’s off the frog juice and is just a lousy trainer now…

  • Bma

    vets usually are not the ones giving these drugs trainers are sneaking them in

  • Sue M. Chapman

    Nice post, Ray.  A word from a vet, the trainer, himself, his help, might have been enlightening.

  • Sue Chapman

    Nice post, Ray.  A word from a vet, the trainer, himself, his help, might have been enlightening.

  • Dbthndr

    I have trained horses since 1997 and never had a bad test for anything, and i have to say that i am so disgusted with horse racing now! The only way to make a living in this sport is to win races at 30%, and the only way to do that is to cheat. I have barely squeezed out a living at this, and will probably have to get out after Remington, and im sure im not the only one! I never thought it would ever come to me saying that I wouldnt care if racing in Olahoma ended for good, but thats how i feel now. I hope Somebody jumps in and handles all the bad test that came in the spring at Will Rogers, if hey dont, there is going to be alot of people to start usig drugs in there horses, and racing will eventually run out of supporters!

  • perks

    you could check out information on a trainer, but not in Oklahoma.  Where you going to go get that info??? All trainers are clean until they get caught, and not all horses in a race are tested. Its a mess and I would really prefer not to run horses in OK until the people who call the shots  get real.

    The elephant is in the room, but they continue to turn their head.  Track owners throwning out trainers with class 1 bad tests are our only hope at this point.

  • Dbthndr

    The commissions have control over what is happening with all the bad test that they did nothing about this spring! What a joke they are!

  • Jleje68436

    As a Jockey,I sure as heck do not know if any of the horses I have rode were given any illegal meds.  That most likely happens just a few hours before the race and the Jockeys would be in the Jockeys room, per rules…

  • Jleje68436

    I was there at that time and heard the same thing.  I rode a horse that ran 2nd to the horse that one of those trainers had..

  • nu-fan

    Thank you for the reply.  I’ve rarely seen any input from jockeys on this website.  But, do you ever see behavior in some of the horses that you ride that worry you about whether they were given any illegal drugs such as dermorphin?  Could you or any jockey be putting yourself in danger of injury if the horse has been given this drug?  Do the jockeys ever talk about hearing about this drug being used on any of the racetracks?  And, again, thank you for your comments.

  • Roisin

    It’s called enabling. And without enablers it is a lot more difficult for the unscrupulous to operate.

  • Arnfull62

    Nope, at Albuquerque the infield is partial parking lot. I saw him there, several times, every time I was at ABQ in the morning. I am guessing it is one of “those” *wink*wink* rules. Too bad, because in theory it was a good call. 

  • nu-fan

    perks:  I would do it the same way most employers do background checks and there are a multitude of ways to do this.  But, keep in mind that those who cheat will cheat in many areas.  You might not get info about drugs but look at other clues.  1)  Ask the trainer for a list of which tracks he has raced on for the past 5 years; then, contact those racetrack owners and get information that you think is important. 2) Ask the trainer for references including jockeys and other trainers; if you don’t recognize reputable names, be wary.  Then, contact these individuals; if they do not give you an enthusiastic “yes” about the trainer, be wary.  People are often hesitant to say anything negative but will usually be more than happy to recommend those that they believe are reputable/reliable/etc. and will say so.  3) Stay abreast with racing news.  I’m just a fan of racing but even I knew this guy’s name (Reed) from reading previous articles on this website. 4) I would assume that you know of some trainers who are highly respected in your area.  Ask them if they have heard of the trainer that you are considering hiring.  You might also use that as an opportunity to ask them if they can refer you to someone that they think would be a good fit for your horse.  6) There are some businesses (found on the Internet) that can give you background information on a job applicant (such as a trainer).  Information might not be horse industry specific but may give you some idea about that person.  The fee is relatively low and would offer information about his/her background.  They won’t tell you whether you should or should not hire someone but you will be able to gain some insights about that person. And, from that information, does what the trainer tell you parallel what the background information provides?  If not, be wary. They could be hiding something  7) Lastly, and most important: I would ask those who have hired trainers what industry specific advice they can give you based on their experience.   I wish you well.  When you have a horse that you care for, you need to make certain that the horse’s welfare is in safe hands.  And, I encourage other readers, here, to provide additional suggestions for your benefit…. 

  • Dbthndr

    What you write may sound good to you, but none of what you say is realistic. You say your just a fan, and I beleive you, becouse obviously you have never been on the backside of a track. Ive been training horses for years, and found it to be a cut throat place! Go ask trainers about one another and you will see tha most of the time they do not talk good about the other behind each others back, and if you ask the top trainers or owners about references, then your asking the wrong people, becouse all the top trainers have had multiple bad test, and the owners still have horses with them! I have trained for 15 years, and have never had a bad test for anything, and its hard as heck for me to get new owners, becouse I dont win at 30%. So its trainers like me that dont catch a brake, and trainers that use drugs keep getting ahead becouse owners want to win at all cost! its all about money! so if you want to find good honest trainers, find one thats been training a while, with cheap horses, that win at a realistic % and see if he or she has had any bad test, and then give them a chance to make a living doing what they love, training race horses!

  • nu-fan

    Dbthndr:  The suggestions that I made are used extensively in business, both large and small.  If they are not used in horseracing, then, they should be.  Otherwise, it promotes a culture that is not professional and lacking accountability.  But, you also made a comment about how many owners look only at the win record.  Goes back to the owners again, doesn’t it?  If that is their primary criteria for selecting a trainer, then, that is what they will get far too often: A trainer that wins at whatever cost.  Sounds like you need to partner up (informally) with those who you respect and get them to recommed you, highly, to owners who want to race their horses fairly and safely.  You might–if you don’t already have one–want to consider developing a website (or social media such as Facebook) that provides the information which emphasizes your experience, high ethics, clean record, and so forth.  I’ll bet there are owners out there looking for someone with your skills and talents but may not know how to find you.  And, it doesn’t necessarily cost big bucks to get someone to develop a website for you.  Some college students in computer science as well as some really skilled high school students would be able to do this and at a very fair price.   Good luck with your efforts.  But, remain positive and project the information (to potential clients) the things that you can do that safeguards their investment (their horse).

  • nu-fan

    Would like to know if anyone has information as to whether there are any federal laws that are covered as animal abuse in a case like this?  I was thinking of Michael Vick and his dog-fighting conviction.  Could whatever federal law that that particular case stood on also apply to the use of dermophin and horses?  It seems to me that this could be a way of taking decisions out of the hands of local racing officials as well as, if convicted of a crime, this information would follow these trainers for the rest of their lives.  And, depending on the sentence, it might offer a restriction of that individual ever being allowed near a horse, again.  Just wondering….. 

  • nu-fan

    Would like to know if anyone has information as to whether there are any federal laws that are covered as animal abuse in a case like this?  I was thinking of Michael Vick and his dog-fighting conviction.  Could whatever federal law that that particular case stood on also apply to the use of dermophin and horses?  It seems to me that this could be a way of taking decisions out of the hands of local racing officials as well as, if convicted of a crime, this information would follow these trainers for the rest of their lives.  And, depending on the sentence, it might offer a restriction of that individual ever being allowed near a horse, again.  Just wondering….. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

    Animal abusers don´t have to train horses, are a shame. Great investigations from Mr. Paulick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

    In Argentina is the same in some racing tracks with the racing commision and there friends………………….

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

    Yes, please continue spreading what happens with drugs in horse racing !

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

    I agree with you !

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

    Some owners like the advantage with drugs, all a shame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariateresapradere María Teresa Pradére

    Some things you write here are true, a lot of people want to win and they don´t care which is the price they have to pay. Fame and money, don´t care about the horse, all cheaters, they have two faces ! This people have to be out of horse racing.

  • Equine Avenger

    Sorry Dbthndr! I feel the same as you do. I started training in 92, although I managed a decent win percentage, I got sick of trying to compete with all the cheats and abusers. I got out of the training end about 8 years ago. I’m still working closely with horses within the industry, just not conditioning them anymore. I see so many of these so-called “trainers” today and its totally sad. Clueless comes to mind. Vet trainers! Needle trainers! Cell phone trainers! Assembly line operators. I could run circles around most of them. Horses I had in my care were happier, healthier, sounder and far more intelligent and professional then many of the equine athletes we see today. We didn’t need to lead most horses to the paddock with a lip chain back in the day. Unfortunately, my breed is all but nearly extinct. Nobody wants an honest, handons legman type horseman anymore.

  • Tbhorseman

    O’Neil’s asst trained the horses.  That isn’t a suspension it is a paid vacation.

  • Tbhorseman

    In Chicago 26 horses had positive tests for prednisone and the owners got to keep the money.  The vets who knowingly gave it against the rules had no repercussions and the trainers received small fines versus the money they got to win the races.  What is the reason to be legit?  I am getting out of the business within the next year.  Sold the last one I owned myself.

  • Jleje68436

    As to the behavior, I’ve rode good and bad mannered horses (as all riders have), and so saying, couldn’t tell if the horse was given anything or not. From what I’ve heard, drugs such as Dermorphin is dangerious. Any drug that mask pain is bad, if the horse cannot feel anything.  I have never heard any Jocks talking about riding horses with any drugs other than when the horse comes back with a bad test, which is usually an overage of Bute.

  • ebill

    I would certainly pick my trainer before I picked my horses. 

  • Cory Patton

    You are correct EA!  Why do you think Pletcher runs all his horses with a dropped noseband?  It is so they do not have to take the time to see what each horse needs so they use it on all of them.

  • Patrick Battuello

    Ray, although we do not philosophically agree on horseracing, I respect your journalism and know that you truly care about equine welfare. I posted the following on your Jeffrey Reed investigation:

    http://horseracingwrongs.com/2012/11/15/new-mexicos-loathsome-trainer-jeffrey-heath-reed/

  • Patrick Battuello

    Ray, although we do not philosophically agree on horseracing, I respect your journalism and know that you truly care about equine welfare. I posted the following on your Jeffrey Reed investigation:

    http://horseracingwrongs.com/2

  • Becky Foster

    Funny how you’re not bashing Kentucky on trainer Stall. He has filed an injuction to continue racing. Why aren’t you there with your cameras? Must have your own pals there you don’t want to make mad.

    • RayPaulick

      Becky,

      I don’t condone any medication rule violators in racing. But there is a significant difference between a therapeutic drug overage and multiple positive tests for a Class 1 drug like dermorphin.

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