Despite news that trainer Ramon Preciado plans the appeal his 270-day ban for six clenbuterol positives last year, several of his major owners have made the decision to transfer their horses to other trainers, according to the Daily Racing Form. Preciado's assistant Chloe Bradley was expected to take over his stable in his absence, but Pennsylvania officials denied her a trainer's license until such time as she takes a written examination.
Owners Barbara and Bill Hopkins and Silver Trail Stables were among those who transferred 32 horses to the care of Danny Gargan, a Belmont Park-based trainer who will operate a Parx string for the first time. An additional 12 horses were moved to the barn of Marcos Zulueta, leaving Preciado with about 14 horses.
“These are true transfers,” said Sam Elliott, Parx director of racing. “Danny Gargan trains horses for the Hopkinses in New York. The Hopkinses are friends with the owners of Silver Trail Stables, who I understand tagged along. The horses going to Zulueta have been moved to his barn. Marcos now has an entire barn here.”
Read more at the Daily Racing Form.
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