The Daily Racing Form reports that while trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is preparing to ship his stable south for the winter, he won't be leaving his usual string behind in New York — and he may not be coming back.
David Grening spoke with McLaughlin, who cited rising employee costs and labor board investigations as the primary factors for his possible relocation. McLaughlin is one of several trainers who have been investigated both by the federal and state labor departments. Earlier this year, he was fined $304,646 by the state labor board. The U.S. Department of Labor has not yet told him whether he will owe any fines to the federal government.
Perplexingly, he said one group is investigating whether he underpaid employees, while the other believes he may have overpaid them.
McLaughlin told Grening he will regroup over the winter in Florida and make a decision in April about whether to return to New York, where he has been a staple for many years. New Jersey and Kentucky are among his other potential bases.
Read more at the Daily Racing Form
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