Louisiana Downs trainer fined over paddock altercation
Stewards at Louisiana Downs have fined trainer Eric Heitzmann $1,000 for instigating an altercation in the paddock on July 5. In addition to the fine, Heitzmann must also undergo counseling for anger management.
According to people who witnessed the incident, Heitzmann confronted fellow trainer Wes Hawley after the fifth race. Heitzmann was upset with Hawley for claiming Autobeacat, which had just finished second in the race, from his stable. Heitzmann reportedly knocked Hawley to the ground and was on top of him before members of the Louisiana Downs gate crew were able to subdue him.
Heitzmann has also been issued a citation from the Bossier City Police Department.