MIKE MITCHELL’S CALIFORNIA RAPSHEET

by | 11.17.2010 | 12:46am

By Ray Paulick

Californian Mike Mitchell has produced a steady stream of winners – mostly in the claiming ranks – since taking out his trainer's license in 1974. He also has been cited quite regularly for various rules violations, including numerous medication and medication procedural infractions, by track stewards and the California Horse Racing Board, the latest being a positive test for the Class 3 drug Procaine in Scat Thief, third-place finisher in a race at Del Mar Aug. 3.


Procaine is commonly found in the antibiotic Pencillin G.


The longtime California claiming king consistently ranks among meeting leaders at Santa Anita Park, Hollywood Park and Del Mar, and he usually cracks the top 50 in the
national standings by earnings. Horses he trains have won $3.5 million thus far in 2008, and he's winning at a 24% clip. Mitchell makes semi-frequent forays into graded stakes, as he did in 2007 when the $50,000 claim Sun Boat won Del Mar's Grade 2 San Diego Handicap. Sun Boat died a month later after contracting laminitis.


Earlier this summer, Thoroughbred Times reported that Mitchell
received 10 notifications for anabolic steroid positive tests during the transition period to ban the substance in California. The only trainer with more notifications, according to the article, was Del Mar's leading trainer, John Sadler, who reportedly received 18 notifications. The article said there was a total of 38 notification letters to all trainers, which means Sadler and Mitchell allegedly accounted for 74% of them.


Those reported anabolic steroid notices do not go on Mitchell's record at the CHRB or into the database of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, which compiles rulings from around the country. The RCI's compilation of rulings involving Mitchell are shown below.


One of the more interesting rulings in the list of violations is a $5,000 fine in 2004 against Mitchell for an Acepromazine positive that occurred in 2003. Apparently, then CHRB executive director Roy Wood cut a deal with Mitchell for a fine and no suspension before the case even reached track stewards. According to
a 2004 article in Bloodhorse magazine by Michael G. Wagner, Wood bargained for fines and no suspensions with trainers whose horses tested positive in order to save the racing board money spent on attorneys. 


According to the article, when stewards conducted a hearing on the matter with Mitchell and asked him to discuss how the case was resolved, he told them: “T
alking to some of the (CHRB) investigators, they said, 'You know they really don't like to suspend anybody now — if you acknowledge the fact that it happened, and you want to pay the fine.' … So I went through Roy Wood, talked to him. … I felt I just — you know, a 30-day suspension just would have been devastating to me. It would have been terrible. The fine was great.”


Wood is no longer with the CHRB.


A hearing for Mitchell has been scheduled Oct. 11 at Santa Anita on the Procaine charge.

Below is Comprehensive Ruling Report on Mitchell from the RCI.

 Rulings Against: MICHAEL RAY MITCHELL 


46 total ruling(s) listed.

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Ruling Number: LATS090 Date: 3/16/2007

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: LOS ANGELES TURF CLUB

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Horse Breed: Thoroughbred

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 300 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: ALTERATION OF SEX OF HORSE

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Ruling Number: LATS083 Date: 3/14/2007

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: LOS ANGELES TURF CLUB

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Horse Breed: Thoroughbred

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 3000 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: 06HP192/TC02 POSITIVE

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Ruling Number: OTTS001 Date: 10/1/2006

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Horse Breed: Thoroughbred

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 500 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: 06DM072/1629 LATE DECLARATION

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Ruling Number: OTTS005 Date: 10/1/2006

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Horse Breed: Thoroughbred

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 1000 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: 06DM075/1843 DICIOFENAC

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Ruling Number: HRTH104 Date: 6/29/2006

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Horse Breed: Thoroughbred

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 300 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: HORSE INELIGIBLE TO START

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Ruling Number: *N*10101543 Date: 6/29/2006

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 300 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: ENTERED AN INELIGIBLE HORSE.

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Ruling Number: *N*10092082 Date: 5/5/2005

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: SANTA ANITA PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 300 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: METHOCRBAMOL – “ALPHABETIC”, 2ND RACE, 3-72-05.

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Ruling Number: *N*10080229 Date: 11/11/2004

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 100 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: IMPROPERLY SHOD FOR TURF COURSE.

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Ruling Number: *N*10090571 Date: 11/11/2004

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 100 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: 04SA179/E0681/IMPROPERLY SHOD

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Ruling Number: *N*10073956 Date: 3/27/2004

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s): Promazine Promazine

Fine Amount: $ 5000 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: PROMAZINE, “SWEET STEPPER,” 3RD RACE, 9/7/03.

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Ruling Number: *N*10075126 Date: 2/29/2004

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s): Prednisolone Prednisolone

Fine Amount: $ 300 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: METHYPREDNISOLONE, “AREYOUTALKINTOME”, 1ST RACE, 12-20-03, WINNER.

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Ruling Number: *N*10065309 Date: 7/26/2003

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: DEL MAR

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 100 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: LATE TO THE RECEIVING BARN.

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Ruling Number: *N*10054303 Date: 6/27/2002

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 100 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: LATE TO RECEIVING BARN.

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Ruling Number: *N*10023128 Date: 3/17/2001

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 200 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: PENALTY FOR LATE DECLARATION.

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Ruling Number: *N*339217 Date: 5/8/1998

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s): Flunixin

Fine Amount: $ 300 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: EXCESS FLUNIXIN.

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Ruling Number: *N*85390 Date: 6/8/1996

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 100 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: FAILED TO FILE A DECLARATION AT THE PROPER TIME.

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Ruling Number: *N*85389 Date: 10/22/1995

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s): Methocarbamol Methocarbamol

Fine Amount: $ 750 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: TWO POSITIVE TESTS FOR METHOCARBAMOL.

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Ruling Number: *N*85372 Date: 2/13/1991

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 100 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $100 – EMPLOYMENT OF UNLICENSED PERSON.

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Ruling Number: *N*85391 Date: 2/13/1991

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 200 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – EXCESS BUTAZOLIDIN FOUND INSAMPLE TAKEN FROM “SILVER STRAND”, 2ND RACE ON 2-1.

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Ruling Number: *N*85398 Date: 7/31/1990

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 200 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – FAILURE TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS OF AND DISRESPECT TO PADDOCK JUDGE.

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Ruling Number: *N*85373 Date: 9/7/1989

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: DEL MAR

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $500 – FOUND EQUIPROXEN IN “BELLE MO”, 1ST RACE, 8-30.

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Ruling Number: *N*85374 Date: 9/1/1989

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: DEL MAR

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $500 – FOUND EQUIPROXEN IN “SPEEDRATIC”, 8TH RACE, 8/17/89.

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Ruling Number: *N*85375 Date: 7/15/1989

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – FOUND ROBAXIN IN “SUCESS FORMULA”, 3RD RACE, 7-4.

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Ruling Number: *N*85376 Date: 1/28/1989

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s): Hydrocortisone Hydrocortisone Hydrocortisone

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – VIOLATION OF RULE 1844 (MEDICATION-HYDROCORTISONE).

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Ruling Number: *N*85399 Date: 8/22/1988

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: DEL MAR

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $100 – EXHIBITING CONDUCT UNBECOMING TO A LICENSEE.

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Ruling Number: *N*85377 Date: 7/9/1988

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $100 – EMPLOYMENT OF UNLICENSED PERSON.

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Ruling Number: *N*85392 Date: 12/5/1987

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – NEGLIGENCE IN RACE DAY BLEEDER MEDICATION PROCEDURES.

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Ruling Number: *N*85378 Date: 11/25/1987

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: 00$200 – FAILURE TO DELIVER HORSE TORECEIVING BARN AT PROPER TIME.

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Ruling Number: *N*85393 Date: 1/15/1987

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $300 – VIOLATION OF RULE 1844(C) (AUTHORIZED MEDICATION; MORE THAN ONE APPROVED DRUG SUBSTANCE, SECOND OFFENSE).

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Ruling Number: *N*85400 Date: 1/3/1987

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – VIOLATION OF RULE 1843(D) (MEDICATION IN EXCESS OF PERMITTED LEVEL – BUTAZOLIDIN).

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Ruling Number: *N*85379 Date: 10/3/1986

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – VIOLATION OF RULE 1843(D) (MEDICATION IN EXCESS OF PERMITTED LEVEL – BUTAZOLIDIN).

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Ruling Number: *N*85401 Date: 6/11/1986

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – VIOLATION OF RULE 1843(D) (MEDICATION IN EXCESS OF PERMITTED LEVEL – BANAMINE).

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Ruling Number: *N*85380 Date: 2/22/1986

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: Unknown

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – MEDICATION IN EXCESS OF PERMITTED LEVELS.

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Ruling Number: *N*85381 Date: 3/28/1984

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: SANTA ANITA PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – MEDICATION IN EXCESS OF LIMITS.

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Ruling Number: *N*85382 Date: 9/7/1983

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: DEL MAR

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $200 – VIOLATION OF RULE #1845(E) (BLEEDER LIST).

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Ruling Number: *N*85383 Date: 7/8/1982

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $100 – FAILURE TO HAVE HORSE, A CONFIRMED BLEEDER, TREATED FOR RACE.

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Ruling Number: *N*85402 Date: 6/21/1981

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $300 – NEGLIGENCE IN PROCEDURE OF RACEDAY BLEEDER MEDICATION CONDITIONS.

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Ruling Number: *N*85384 Date: 5/29/1981

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $100 – NEGLIGENCE IN PROCEDURE OF RACE DAY BLEEDER MEDICATION CONDITONS.

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Ruling Number: *N*85394 Date: 9/14/1980

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: DEL MAR

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $50 – FAILURE TO BE PRESENT AT PADDOCK TO SUPERVISE SADDLINGOF HIS HORSE.

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Ruling Number: *N*85385 Date: 5/23/1980

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $300 – NEGLIGENCE IN PROCEDURE FOR RACE DAY BLEEDERMEDICATION CONDITIONS.

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Ruling Number: *N*85395 Date: 2/17/1979

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: SANTA ANITA PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $300 – NEGLIGENCE IN PROCEDURE OF RACE-DAY BLEEDER MEDICATIONCONDITIONS.

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Ruling Number: *N*85386 Date: 1/25/1979

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: SANTA ANITA PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $100 – NEGLIGENCE IN PROCEDURE OF RACE-DAY BLEEDERMEDICATION.

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Ruling Number: *N*85403 Date: 5/26/1978

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: HOLLYWOOD PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $100 – FAILURE TO PROPERLY REGISTER A HEEL NERVED HORSE.

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Ruling Number: *N*85387 Date: 1/2/1978

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: SANTA ANITA PARK

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $150 – VIOLATION OF RULE 1895 (UNLICENSED GROOM IN RECEIVINGBARN).

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Ruling Number: *N*85388 Date: 12/10/1975

Issued By: California Racing Commission Facility: BAY MEADOWS

Ruling Type: Unknown

Division: Unknown Breed: Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End: None

Description: $50.00 FOR VIOLATION OF CHRB RULE 1629 (PENALTY FOR LATEDECLARATION). 


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