Stewards in Louisiana have issued a ruling against unlicensed owner Andre J. Colson, making him temporarily ineligible for licensure in the state after they received a complaint Colson was involved with transporting horses from Louisiana tracks into the slaughter pipeline.
Colson, 56, of New Orleans, was not present at a hearing held in early February, where stewards heard evidence provided by a third party. His ineligibility will hold until he appears before the Board of Stewards to address the allegations.
“It was the opinion of the stewards that out of an abundance of caution, the ruling should be written to prevent Mr. Colson from getting a license until such time as he appears,” said Louisiana Racing Commission Executive Director Charles Gardiner.
Equibase records show Colson has not raced a horse in his name since late 2017.
The stewards' ruling bans Colson from Louisiana tracks, recognized training centers, and off-track wagering facilities.
Fair Grounds Race Track has also banned Colson under Churchill Downs Inc.'s anti-slaughter policy, according to CDI Executive Director of Racing Mike Ziegler. Other CDI tracks have not yet taken action against him, Ziegler said, primarily because they have not yet opened for the season.
According to the complaint, Colson was allegedly involved in moving horses from the track to a livestock sales company frequented by slaughter buyers.
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