Saga of Star Plus: Doesn’t This Horse Deserve Better?

by | 02.01.2012 | 12:11pm

Earle I. Mack was only trying to do the right thing.

The businessman, philanthropist, former United States Ambassador to Finland, and Thoroughbred owner and breeder wanted to ensure an injured Group 1-winning horse would never race again and would be placed in an approved and proper retirement home if the plans of a new owner to stand the horse at stud didn't work out.

It is what he does, because Earle Mack believes we have an obligation to protect these horses.


Despite his best efforts, however, Mack said he has been betrayed, not only by the individual who bought the Argentinean-bred Star Plus but by state racing commissions in West Virginia and Pennsylvania who have allowed the horse to race despite being notified of documentation showing, in no uncertain terms, he was purchased under the condition that he was being retired from racing permanently.   

This disturbing saga is further evidence of how far the horse racing industry has spiraled, in some jurisdictions, out of the hands of people who have the best interests of the animals at heart.

Star Plus caught Mack's eye when the son of Alpha Plus won the Group 1 Gran Premio Internacional Joaquin S. de Anchorena at Argentina's San Isidro racecourse in December 2007. It was the horse's fourth win, to go along with six seconds and one third-place finish in 14 starts, almost all in top-class group stakes company.

Mack purchased Star Plus and imported him to the United States, where he ran five times in 2008, winning an allowance race at Keeneland and finishing second in the G3 Turfway Park Fall Championship.

Star Plus was sidelined in 2009, then came back the following year to win one of three races, an allowance/optional claiming event on turf at Gulfstream Park on March 28, 2010. He came out of that race with what Mack described as a “severe ankle injury” that resulted in his retirement.

In a recent letter to Joe Smith, chairman of the West Virginia Racing Commission, Mack said Star Plus “was given a long rest at a farm with the expectation that we could find a good home for him to live out his years in a healthy and productive manner.

“We were advised,” his letter continued, “that there was a small breeding operation that was interested in his services, and we agreed to let them have him with the conditions that he could never be raced again and that we would be immediately notified if they no longer wished to take care of him so that we could find a suitable alternative retirement home.”

On June 28, 2011, according to a copy of a Bill of Sale provided to the Paulick Report, Star Plus was sold to George Iacovacci for the amount of $1,000. In the section that reads, “Any other conditions are as follows” is a hand-written note saying: “When done with horse to be placed in approved and proper retirement home.”

Further, an asterisk in that section is noted at the bottom of the Bill of Sale with the following: “This horse is being retired from racing PERMANENTLY.”  Click here to view the Star Plus documents.

Shortly after the sale, Mack learned that the new owner of Star Plus put the horse back in training.  Stewards in Kentucky and Pennsylvania were alerted to the situation, Mack said, and the entry of Star Plus was blocked at certain tracks. But the horse was successfully entered to race on July 24, 2011, at Mt. Pleasant Meadows in Michigan, where he finished last of six runners, beaten more than 20 lengths.

On Nov. 21, Star Plus was entered again, this time at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, where he finished last of five runners, beaten 22 1/2 lengths. One week later, Iacovacci entered and ran Star Plus a third time, again at Mountaineer Park. Again, he trailed the field, finishing 38 lengths behind the field. He carried for a $40,000 claiming price.

There were no takers.

On Jan. 9, after learning that Star Plus was entered to run two days later at Penn National Gaming's Charles Town races in West Virginia, Mack faxed a letter to West Virginia Racing Commission chairman Smith, re-telling the history of Star Plus and Mack's efforts to enforce the conditions of the Bill of Sale.

“As you are undoubtedly aware,” Mack wrote in his letter to Smith, “with an impaired ankle this horse is a danger to himself, his rider and everyone on any track where he is allowed to work and race.

“The three times STAR PLUS has been allowed to race for Iacovacci he placed last each time by expanding margins – 20 3/4 lengths, 22 1/2 lengths and on Nov. 28 he lost by 38 lengths at Mountaineer Park, with the chart comment ‘labored throughout.'

“Obviously the horse is severely impaired and we ask you to act immediately to stop this blatant animal abuse and to bring an end to the deceit that has been perpetrated on all of racing. We stand ready, as we have from the moment this tragic breach was uncovered, to take this horse back and to protect him for his natural life.”

Mack wasn't the only one contacting racing officials. Darcy Scudero, who operates Center Stage Farm in Florida and executed the Bill of Sale on behalf of Mack, sent numerous emails to racing officials in an effort to keep Star Plus off the racetrack.

On Jan. 30, she received this note from Jon Amores, executive director of the West Virginia Racing Commission:

“Dear Ms. Scudero,

“I have been in receipt of your emails and am very much aware of your concerns; however, after reviewing the matter with our counsel I have been advised that if you want to stop the current owners of the horse, you must bring a lawsuit against them or if indeed there is a forgery, you need to report it to the appropriate prosecuting attorney. Our Board of Stewards is not the appropriate venue to deal with contractual and criminal issues. If a judgment of some sort is obtained against the current owners of the horse, we will be happy to enforce the judgment in a manner consistent with our procedures and authority.”

In other words, the West Virginia racing commission is saying “it's not our job” to protect the horses.

On Jan. 26, after learning that the entry of Star Plus had been accepted to run Jan. 28 at Parx Racing in Philadelphia, Mack sent a fax to equine veterinarian Corinne Sweeney, chairman of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. Attached to the fax was a copy of Mack's letter to West Virginia commission chairman Smith, outlining the history of this sordid affair.

“We ask that you intervene in this matter and assist us in contacting the stewards to have the horse scratched from the race for the reasons stated in the attached letter,” Mack wrote.

According to Maggi Moss, one of his attorneys, Earle Mack heard nothing in response to his request from Sweeney or anyone else at the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission.

I'm sorry to say I am not surprised. If there is a more ineffectual racing commission and staff in all of North American horse racing than that in Pennsylvania, I would be stunned. It is truly a bureaucratic cesspool of self-serving political sycophants.

As a result of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission's indifference to Earle Mack's request, on Jan. 28, carrying a $40,000 claiming price in an allowance/optional claiming race at Parx, Star Plus finished last of seven runners, beaten 43 1/4 lengths. He was 32 lengths behind the sixth-place horse.

Last night I received the following email from Maggi Moss, a leading Thoroughbred owner herself who has worked tirelessly on behalf of Thoroughbred after-care organizations.

It reads in full:

THOROUGHBRED SAFETY?  A LITTLE HELP FROM “OUR RACING LEADERS”?
 
Star Plus is a nine year old Graded Stakes horse formerly campaigned by Earle Mack, a respected, and responsible owner.  Mr. Mack did everything required in assuring a safe home for this remarkable horse he owned. He specifically stated in the paperwork,  “this horse is being retired from racing permanently.” The horse was retired due to severe injuries, and specifically was to be placed “in an approved and proper retirement home.”
 
George Iacovacci Sr. as owner and trainer has now run STAR PLUS in Michigan, Mountaineer Park in West Virginia and Parx in Philadelphia; in four races, he has been beaten a total of 123 lengths. His last race at Parx on January 28, 2012, he was beaten 43 lengths.
 
Mr. Mack – along with his attorney, Karen Murphy, and now myself, Maggi Moss – has notified every jurisdiction where entered by letter, as to the Bill of Sale notification “never to race again”; along with communication as to the unsoundness of this horse, and the potential danger to other participants in the race.
 
The Executive Director of the West Virginia Racing Commission has replied, “that a lawsuit should be filed, or a report made to the prosecuting attorney.”  The Chairman of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission never responded.
 
If officials, stewards, or racing personnel have the knowledge that a horse is running that was acquired under deceit, is this not a matter that deals with the integrity of our sport? More importantly, if information comes to track officials or Commissions that a horse has a known and serious physical injury that forced his retirement from racing, isn't this worth an inquiry? If a horse in four races has been beaten over a hundred lengths, shouldn't this be a concern of racing officials and worthy of being placed on a Stewards or Vets list?  Wouldn't the safety of other horses or harm to jockeys be a concern?   Most importantly, what about  the welfare of the horse involved?
 
Who is and should be policing our sport if not our leaders? If with this knowledge, and this horse be allowed to continue racing, who's liable for the horse or jockey that gets hurt?  Most importantly, who protects STAR PLUS?

This is a case where a responsible owner intended to do the right thing for his horse, and when defrauded,  turned to the individual guardians of our racetracks. Must we all file litigation in Court, or should we be able to turn to officials for help? – Maggi Moss

In conclusion, I ask our readers, and our industry leaders who undoubtedly will learn of this unfortunate saga of Star Plus: Is this really the best we can do?

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  • Matt Clarke

    and we wonder why our industry is in trouble!

    • Susan

      I wonder when Mr. Iacovacci will give up on trying to make $39,000 on his $1,000 purchase and move down to the $20,000 claimers. This is just disgusting.

      • Mari

        How about if he simply honored the agreement he made when he purchased the horse…and stopped racing him PERIOD!!!

        • Susan

          Well, I know. But Iacovacci was NEVER going to honor that agreement in the first place. I am sure he is running this horse (that he bought for $1,000 by deception) planning on running this poor animal in the hopes he would get that big claiming price for him.

    • cares!

      I Agree With Mack and Maggi, this horse should not be allowed on the backstretch of any racetrack! 
      when a horse is mark to be retired from racing by the person who owed him, that should end the horses racing career!

  • Matt Clarke

    and we wonder why our industry is in trouble!

  • Reality Check

    Ray, the Commisions get to punch their timecards at 5pm and forget about the sport. The horse is not a factor when making these decisions. Attorneys are first, self serving decisions to avoid muddying the waters are second while the welfare of horses is a distant last. Shame on tracks for not barring the entry. Cowards.

  • Offandrunning

    As disgusted as I am by the lack of involvement from the commisions and stewards, I also have to wonder why they just didn’t claim the horse back and retire him themselves?

    • Hunter

      Why should they have to????? Conditions of sale should be enforced…If a cuff was owed (by some miracle the horse won) would that be enforced??? Apparently not….

    • ktq1

      I’d be inclined to find another way, versus “rewarding” this behavior.  It’s rediculous that there isn’t justified reasons why he should not run based on performance – he is now a danger to all.

    • Erick Weiss

      I have to sort of agree.  Instead a war of words, just buy the horse (Mr. Mack).  All principle aside, if your true feelings are/were for the horse, before the first time he ran you should have bought him back.  Any racing manager or horse owner worth his salt would have put the horse on a stable mail account and stopped an entry at any track in NA (again, assuming the horse’s best interests and comfort were their main concern).  I would say at this point, not likely.  I think there is plenty of CYA to go around.  When I sell a horse, I keep the papers myself, no papers, no racing, its that simple, if the party wants the papers for breeding, I write on the back “Not to Race” and my name and phone #.  Giving a horses papers to somebody in the racing industry that makes their living racing or selling horses is tacit approval that it is OK to race no matter what the BOS says.  What Iacovacci and Spanabell are doing is terrible, but IMO Mack is the start of the trouble. Two wrongs don’t make a right.  If Earle Mack had done the right thing and retired him with the horses well being in mind, not one letter would have been typed about Star Plus, because the horse wouldn’t be in these butcher’s hands. I am with a donation to adopt him if necessary.  Or better yet, a vet exam and euthanasia, It sounds like this horse has lived enough of a tortured life.

      • equine

        Erick, I truly hope that one of your horses doesn’t have a future owner who simply files an affidavit with the JC and pays the fee to replace “lost” foal papers.  I am not an attorney but even if Mr. Mack had an exemplary BOS to protect Star Plus, it would be legally unenforceable if the original purchaser resells a horse for even $1.  Contract law applies only to the parties to the original contract (except in cases of liens), not subsequent purchasers or buyers.

        In the interest of protecting the integrity of racing and according to their rules, the JC has revoked the privileges of individuals involved in cruelty, neglect and abuse of horses.  It is fully within their scope to further protect the integrity of racing by offering an irrevocable,  permanently ineligible to race designation and a sample bill of sale stating same. 

        It is unrealistic to expect that every owner could/should hire a lawyer to create a bill of sale covering every conceivable scheme that an unethical, immoral, or criminal purchaser or adopter might come up with and then hope they haven’t made a mistake which prevents them recourse while the horse suffers.  With the introduction of electronic foal papers at racing offices, a project such as this could begin almost immediately with the online databases available in racing offices. 

         

  • Offandrunning

    As disgusted as I am by the lack of involvement from the commisions and stewards, I also have to wonder why they just didn’t claim the horse back and retire him themselves?

  • Susan

    I wonder when Mr. Iacovacci will give up on trying to make $39,000 on his $1,000 purchase and move down to the $20,000 claimers. This is just disgusting.

  • Anderson5999

    So why doesn’t somebody claim or buy him privately and retire him? Some of the people mentioned in this story are wealthy; maybe Maggi Moss and Earle Mack could go halfsies. And Ray, you hit the nail on the head – there is no worse Racing Commission in the country than Pennsylvania! They are nothing but a bunch of political hacks whose only interest is collecting a paycheck and furthering their careers in Harrisburg.

    • Savannah

      Why should they have to spend there hard earned money to buy back Star Plus? When you sale a horse on the condition that it will never race again the stewards and every leader in racing should honor the condition of the sale. More than anything they need to fight for Star Plus, and not take the easy way out or this will just continue to happen.

      • Jan

        Before you sell a horse you don’t want to race anymore just keep or burn his paper.. And add a clos in the bill of sale .. That you can take back the horse if he’s ever seen on any racetrack for any reason

    • ktq1

      The answer isn’t to reward this behavior.  The answer is to do what Ray and others are doing.  Maybe if we all write to these tracks and spread the word that we will boycott and spread the word via social networking for others to boycott and write, we can find a better solution for all.

      As a side note – ALWAYS write “do not race” on their registered papers….

  • Anderson5999

    So why doesn’t somebody claim or buy him privately and retire him? Some of the people mentioned in this story are wealthy; maybe Maggi Moss and Earle Mack could go halfsies. And Ray, you hit the nail on the head – there is no worse Racing Commission in the country than Pennsylvania! They are nothing but a bunch of political hacks whose only interest is collecting a paycheck and furthering their careers in Harrisburg.

  • Tinky

    A powerful indictment of the industry status quo – at least in some jurisdictions. Hats off to Mr. Mack and his team for persevering, and to Ray for shining the light.

  • DavidB

    Ray, great (albeit disturbing) article. I don’t see where anyone tried to contact Iocavacci. If so – has he responded?

  • Tinky

    A powerful indictment of the industry status quo – at least in some jurisdictions. Hats off to Mr. Mack and his team for persevering, and to Ray for shining the light.

  • DavidB

    Ray, great (albeit disturbing) article. I don’t see where anyone tried to contact Iocavacci. If so – has he responded?

  • Reality Check

    If you claim back for $40,000 then scumbags like Iasuckio will make their livings pouncing on crippled horses and hold them hostage in claiming races. Think about it…

    • Matt Clarke

      Absolutely correct. It amazes me that some people in earlier posts want to blame Earle Mack and Maggi Moss for not claiming him.

      • Offandrunning

        That would have been me, I’m not blaming them, just stating that it would have insured the horses safety.  When all else failed because of a crappy contract sometimes you have to do what you have to do.  I claimed my happily retired horse that ran 104 times back twice!

        • samuel

          Check your math. It was 105 starts. But you are to be commended for your wonderful treatment of horses. Just another happily retired gray.

  • Reality Check

    If you claim back for $40,000 then scumbags like Iasuckio will make their livings pouncing on crippled horses and hold them hostage in claiming races. Think about it…

  • Reality Check

    Ray what does sycophants mean?

  • Reality Check

    Ray what does sycophants mean?

  • Why would Mack, Moss or anyone else claim the horse? It would only reward the new owner and possibly lead him to believe that what he has done is O.K. By highlighting the issue as the Paulick Report has done here, much more will probably be done to help not only Star Plus, but other horses put in this position.

  • Why would Mack, Moss or anyone else claim the horse? It would only reward the new owner and possibly lead him to believe that what he has done is O.K. By highlighting the issue as the Paulick Report has done here, much more will probably be done to help not only Star Plus, but other horses put in this position.

  • mousse

    Ray….are you kidden me!  What about this guy that is listed as owner/trainer!  What the heck is he thinking….no shame!  On the backside this type of individual has a name starting with “B” ending with “R”.

    • Gene

      These are the type of people who deserve to be ruled off tracks. Let the fraudulent individual try to sue the racetracks and racing commissioners for doing what they know is wrong and preserving the integrity of racing.  Why is everybody such a coward?  Where are the b****s? 

  • mousse

    Ray….are you kidden me!  What about this guy that is listed as owner/trainer!  What the heck is he thinking….no shame!  On the backside this type of individual has a name starting with “B” ending with “R”.

  • Hunter

    Why should they have to????? Conditions of sale should be enforced…If a cuff was owed (by some miracle the horse won) would that be enforced??? Apparently not….

  • Matt Clarke

    Absolutely correct. It amazes me that some people in earlier posts want to blame Earle Mack and Maggi Moss for not claiming him.

  • Buzz

    The state by state racing commissions are proving themselves to be what we, the racing fan and public, have known them to be for some time.  “… a bureaucratic cesspool of self-serving political sycophants.” and cronies — glad handing each other all the way to the bank. It is a national disgrace.

  • Gail Hirt

    This horse was off for 16 months and then brought back by Iocavacci and his girlfriend.  I approached them a couple months ago, trying to get him into retirement.  At first I was told yes, then received a call from a woman telling me that “no way” was he giving this horse up.  The intentions were to run him and then breed him to the mares they had lined up.  This horse hasn’t been able to compete since the beginning of 2010.  He didn’t even earn $1,500 in 2011.  What were they thinking putting him in a $50,000 purse race last week with horses that he can’t compete with.  For the lousy $1,000 they got for running him?  Or maybe the $40,000 claiming price that was set on Star Plus’ head for the last 2 races.   They knew Mack wanted him back and they wanted the $$$ in their pocket.  The two before that were allowance races.  To run him at Mt. Pleasant…..how degrading!!!  People like them shouldn’t be racing horses.  At this point, it’s not about the horses welfare. 

    • ajb

      Definitely time for a “breach of contract” lawsuit to stop these low-lifes. 

      • Equine7189

        I was wondering why that hadn’t been done yet and if it has been started why is there not an injuction by the courts to keep him from being raced at least until the judgement?

        • SR AZ

          The huge problem is that by the time this hits the court, the horse will be on a truck to slaughter, getting too hot? They will get rid of the evidence.

        • Because there was no breach of contract Darcy Scudero changed the paper work after it was signed and we have the original. Maggi Moss being a lawer would have had him back by now if this was the case. In defense of Earl Mack and asss. we never dealt with them and had no idea of what Darcy scudero is telling them.

          • But Kelly- as a jockey, wouldn’t you like to know the situation and health of the charge under you when you race?  Don’t you think too at the very least, it’s important to all’s safety is involved?

          • I know his health is perfect I take care of him everyday. Have all the vet reports from Rood and Riddle stating he is fine and all the vet exams from the tracks when we work him. I invite you or anyone else who wants to have their vet examine him to

          • harry buchanan

            If he is okay as you say then why has he been beaten 123 lengths.????????????

          • D. Scudero

            LIE. This horse has been on the vets list twice including RIGHT NOW at Parx. He was also on the list at Presque Isle. My contact was Jeff Brown. You know what you did- we went over the BOS VERY CAREFULLY- You had the ONLY copy with my signature on it BEFORE Star Plus left here. Shame on me for trying to ‘help a small breeder with her mares’- such bullshit! I felt sorry for you- people always made fun of you and your family had no money- I have EVERY E-mail and dialogue between us. You are clearly nothing less than deceitful, cunning, unethical, and repulsive. How DARE you do this to this horse!! Exploiting him for your OWN greed. I’ve never seen such injustice as this.

          • Joy Aten

             
            You are all talk and none of it is to be believed… I’ve heard your version of the “truth” one too many times. What version of the “truth” would you like to spew in regards to the following horses, Kelly and George?
             
            Whitmark; this gelding you raced could not even lie down because he couldn’t flex his damaged joints. After diagnostics by Dr. John Stick, DVM, Chief of Staff at Michigan State University Large Animal Hospital, his prognosis was a life of pain and increasing debilitation…euthanasia was all that could be done for Whitmark.
             
            Sunder Bay; raced by you with a known bowed tendon, after which the little gelding hobbled 3-legged onto my trailer, all the while you and George exclaimed “He just needs a little time off”. Again, Dr. Stick’s examination and an US revealed 90% of the tendon/connective apparatus were torn from the bone. Sunder Bay was euthanized, ending the suffering he endured.
             
            Winds of Love; this aging gelding was pushed to his limits by you, as well. Racing with screws in an ankle for 4 years, he, too, limped onto my trailer less than 12 hours after his last race. Dr. Stick’s diagnostics revealed severe end-stage arthritis, with a prognosis not compatible with a comfortable life even as a pasture pet. Winds of Love was euthanized. 
             
            Magic Conqueror; after you sold him as sound for 2K to an unsuspecting party, he came up lame within days. A vet’s full examination revealed MC was not sound even for light trail. After your refusal to take the gelding back and refund her money, MC came into the CANTER-Mi program but was subsequently euthanized due to multiple and repeated joint injuries.
             
            Buckflanker; this 4 year old gelding, also just “needing a little time off”, according to you and George, had bilateral knee fractures diagnosed at MSU…he, too, required euthanasia.
             
            Say Yes Dear; starting to sound like a broken record here??…yes, SYD was purchased to end the downward spiral the two of you put him on. Nothing could be done for him to ensure a comfortable life, and he was euthanized.
             
            All of the aforementioned horses you raced right up to the time they were acquired from you. With all of the aforementioned horses, you required us to PURCHASE them…not ONE was donated to CANTER-Mi or to the small group that rescued Say Yes Dear.
             
            And save your breath trying to convince anyone that because Star Plus was NOT on the vet’s list indicates he was sound to race….remember Constant Velocity? He (at MNR) DNF’d in 3 consecutive races, then (at MNR) finished last or near last the 4 races after that, THEN although trained by C. Kieser, George entered him at Pinnacle as trainer, where he was subsequently scratched (after calls by concerned folks to the Mi-ORC). Constant Velocity was NOT on the vet’s list at MNR, yet when Kieser agreed to let our small group acquire CV within days of his scratched race, a full veterinary exam revealed, yes, you guessed it, a lame horse with chronic injuries that could only live life as a pasture ornament. And Say Yes Dear?…he also, acquired within days of racing, was NOT on the vet’s list but was clearly not sound! 
             
            My heart aches for Star Plus and your other horses I see in my virtual stable day after day. How frustrating that the people who care only about the welfare of racing’s horses have to stuff wallets like yours and George’s to ensure a safe landing for the horses so unfortunate to end up in your “care”.
             
            Many fingers can be pointed here and many are to blame for the blatant abuse Star Plus is enduring. But the person who is looking him in the eye each day now carries the bulk of responsibility and should say, “Yes, this horse deserves better”.
             

             
             
             
             
             

          • Mary Johnson

            George and Kelly, can you tell me about Academy Dancer that last raced under your ownership at Mountaineer about 6 years ago? You decided to “donate” him to CANTER-Ohio and, when I picked him up at Beulah, you, Kelly, told me that he had bruised his shoulder in his last race where he finished at the back of the pack. I brought him to my barn where I fostered him for a few days until Nancy from CANTER picked him up. It was later reveled that he was running with a fracture and he was subsequently operated on and, hopefully, was adopted into a loving family. Neither one of you has any regard for these horses that put food on your table. You think you are “horsemen” (I use the term VERY loosely)? I think not because the way you treat your horses is reprehensible, at best.  

          • Nancy

            It is clear to me that Spanabel and Iacovacci are cruel and opportunistic. There will always be people like them, and while I agree with Joy Aten that they are mainly responsible for the pain and suffering of their horses, I am equally disgusted with the racing commissions, stewards, vets and Parx Racing who have not acted after receiving written complaints. And the chick from PA racing commission who consulted the lawyers in lieu of the stewards? What if someone had been killed (other than the poor horse) in a race caused by that horse breaking down? Wouldn’t that be like, manslaughter, or negligent homicide? Clearly I’m not a lawyer, but when a person ignores a credible warning (In Writing!) about a condition that could result in a fatal injury, isn’t that criminal?

            Even if the people of the PA Racing Commission, the VA Racing Commision and Parx Racing do not care for the welfare of the horses and jockeys (and exercise riders!) who give them their living, they should at least care for the bad press. Let’s see what happens.

          • Jrg

            you two should be ban forever from everyrace tracks in america, you two are one of the worse people and horsemen and general in horse racing, just go away and get out of horse racing cuz you dont win races anyways and u guys just flat out suck!

          • harry buchanan

            Don’t you have any morals. Both of you are what is wrong with racing today. You will have to answer to someone higher than all of us. It won’t be pretty

          • Brenda Zoppo

            Kelly there was a breach of a implied-in-fact contract.  You knew the horse was being sold as stud-prospect never to race again, she had him listed on FB for that purpose only. The parol evidence rule should apply once this case goes before a judge. That BOS was not valid until Darcy signed it, you say you have the original BOS. Is her signature on it??? No, it isn’t. The bottom line is , your hurting this horse, the comments on PP’s continue to prove the horse is laboring. Why can’t you do the right thing. God , I’d love to be in the Jocks room again with you, just one night!

    • It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the entries for $40K claiming were in hopes that Mr. Mack would buy him back at that price.

      • Two-dollar better

        Glenn is probably right!  That’s despicable what George I. is doing and he should be stopped in his tracks!

    • Nlreagan

      rln This kind of story brings up such emotions, sadness and anger. I belong to a national racing partnership and we found one of our horses on a western circuit and a representative went out to bring him home. He is now adopted. You could even see in the pictures of him how awful his leg looked. What are these people thinking!!! In this case, what on earth are the vets at the gate looking at, especially with the results of previous races. I thought foal papers could have had the notes on them also. I know we did that many years ago with one of ours.  Who would even breed to this horse if he is so broken down and maybe would have difficulty breeding. There should be a national black list for trainers like this. I hope this is settled soon. Maybe with the publicity there could be pressure put on him to give up Star Plus. 

  • Buzz

    The state by state racing commissions are proving themselves to be what we, the racing fan and public, have known them to be for some time.  “… a bureaucratic cesspool of self-serving political sycophants.” and cronies — glad handing each other all the way to the bank. It is a national disgrace.

  • Gail Hirt

    This horse was off for 16 months and then brought back by Iocavacci and his girlfriend.  I approached them a couple months ago, trying to get him into retirement.  At first I was told yes, then received a call from a woman telling me that “no way” was he giving this horse up.  The intentions were to run him and then breed him to the mares they had lined up.  This horse hasn’t been able to compete since the beginning of 2010.  He didn’t even earn $1,500 in 2011.  What were they thinking putting him in a $50,000 purse race last week with horses that he can’t compete with.  For the lousy $1,000 they got for running him?  Or maybe the $40,000 claiming price that was set on Star Plus’ head for the last 2 races.   They knew Mack wanted him back and they wanted the $$$ in their pocket.  The two before that were allowance races.  To run him at Mt. Pleasant…..how degrading!!!  People like them shouldn’t be racing horses.  At this point, it’s not about the horses welfare.

  • johnnyknj

    Two questions: Why did Mack give this clown the foal papers and why is the PA Racing Commission not completely gutted and replaced? Is it possible PA wants racing in the state to collapse so the casino companies don’t have to put $ into it? I guess that’s three questions.

    • The JC registration papers are required for putting a stallion prospect into nearly any regional sire program. And some people trust others’ honesty and professed good intentions.

      • johnnyknj

        I would suggest then that the JC put a place on the papers for a “not to be raced” stamp which would be a binding condition.

        • According to the Jockey Club, “Do Not Race” stamped or written on the papers is considered defacement of property and the new owner can get new papers without the “do not race” clause since they were “defaced”. I was shocked to hear this in my last conversation with The Jockey Club. 

          • johnnyknj

            Geez,
            they’re more inept than I thought, and I thought they were pretty inept.

          • Glenn Thompson

            The Jockey Club does have a way to stop a horse from racing when you sell it but it is a pain in the ass to do. They need to make it easier.

          • equine

            Glenn, could you please post a link to the procedure on the JC site?  Responsible owners have been asking the JC for decades  for a way to permanently retire a horse from racing without further devaluing the horse by selling it without pedigree.  Aside from breeding, many in our industry view pedigree and foal papers as worthless once a horse is retired. Yet, simple possession of those papers and the presence of a famous horse like Secretariat, Northern Dancer, Seattle Slew, or even as far back as Gallant Man in the 4th and 5th generations add a huge amount of perceived value to those non racing/breeding owners.  In general, this translates to a  higher level of care for horses with papers far and above their market value.

      • equine

        Agreed, not only regional sire programs but most all sporthorse (warmblood)  breeding registries require parentage verification via foal papers for mares as well.   

  • Two questions: Why did Mack give this clown the foal papers and why is the PA Racing Commission not completely gutted and replaced? Is is possible PA wants racing in the state to collapse so the casino companies don’t have to put $ into it? I guess that’s three questions.

  • Myheartsezyes

    I am so disgusted at the lack of compasion and intervention of the stewards and commission but comming from West Virgina and Penn National I am not surprised.. Parx well they are always one step behind

    • Mary Johnson

      Yes, Stacy, you have every right to be disgusted. Anyone who truly cares about these athletes will be disgusted but don’t expect the industry to do the right thing when it is much easier to turn a blind eye.

  • Myheartsezyes

    I am so disgusted at the lack of compasion and intervention of the stewards and commission but comming from West Virgina and Penn National I am not surprised.. Parx well they are always one step behind

  • Glimmerglass

    This is not unlike the saga of “Sam P”, a 2007 Kentucky Derby starter, who was retired Nov 2008 with a leg injury. His owner Starlight Stables sold him in early 2009 expressly as breeding prospect. Not just verbally but the sales contract provided that the parties agreed Sam P. was being sold “solely for breeding purposes.”

    Instead the new owner shipped the horse to Churchill for training. Despite lawsuits and even an injunction (Bourbon Circuit Judge Paul Isaacs) he did return to the races in Nov 2009. So despite the legal intentions of his original owner Sam P made 12 more starts whereby he hit the board in just 2 of them.

    Star Plus deserves better and so did Sam P

    • tomasijay

      Ironically enough, Sam P. finished last by many in Star Plus’s last victory nearly 2 yrs ago.

  • Glimmerglass

    This is not unlike the saga of “Sam P”, a 2007 Kentucky Derby starter, who was retired Nov 2008 with a leg injury. His owner Starlight Stables sold him in early 2009 expressly as breeding prospect. Not just verbally but the sales contract provided that the parties agreed Sam P. was being sold “solely for breeding purposes.”

    Instead the new owner shipped the horse to Churchill for training. Despite lawsuits and even an injunction (Bourbon Circuit Judge Paul Isaacs) he did return to the races in Nov 2009. So despite the legal intentions of his original owner Sam P made 12 more starts whereby he hit the board in just 2 of them.

    Star Plus deserves better and so did Sam P

  • Elktonstable

    Although Mr Mack and the agents that represented him for this sale meant well, their Bill of Sale was so poorly done, the protective clause is not enforceable.  Simply stating with an asterisk that “* this horse is being retired from racing permanently” leads one to instantly ask who is retiring this horse permanently, Mr Mack or the buyer? There is no binding statement that constitutes and agreement by the buyer to this stipulation. Furthermore, the sales agreement says earlier that this sale is “free af any adverse claims and or encumberances.”  This is a contradiction of the latter statement and leaves the impression that although Mr Mack was retiring the horse permanently, the buyer was under no such obligation. This is how it reads even though it was not intended that way.

    The West Virginia Racing Commission was correct in deferring the matter to litigation before they could act. This was sound advice. The reality however, might find Mr Mack, good intentions and all, on the wrong side of the lawsuit.  The abscence of a reply from the PA Racing Commission is indefensible.  Whomever is responsible for this development should be notified about how much of an embarrassment they are for all of us in Pennsylvania. If the job is too much for Corinne Sweeney to handle in at minimum a perfunctory manner, then maybe she should resign and let someone step in that can. Hiding in the office shows an extreme lack of character if nothing else.  

    This brings us to the final and perhaps the most damning aspect of this story.  If Mr Iacovacci were a gentleman and sportsman of any calibre, why would he not abide by the wishes of Mr Mack and simply give the horse back?  There are two things to learn from this story, one is: don’t be non-chalant and sloppy about contracts of sale or other activities if you really want them enforced. The other lesson is; not all people are intelligent and honorable and deserve to even own a horse of any type……know to whom you are selling your horse, don’t just dump it and think you are done with it. Mr Mack, you have been around too long to make this kind of stupid mistake.

    • As much as people won’t want to hear your point of view, you are 100% correct.  This doesn’t change the fact that Iacovacci is a piece of trash but the original owner and his agent did not properly protect this horse due to their weak documentation.

    • D Scudero

      This was not Mr Macks mistake- it was mine. However, even with a ‘botched’ BOS anyone can clearly see that there is something wrong here. Starting with the fact that they have no other document with my signature on it other than the one with the stipulations, hand written or not. I have e-mails that show CLEAR intent of Spanabel having ONLY interest in breeding him and ‘understood completely how deserving is was for a nice ex, unsound racehorse to have an easy and respectible retirement. She answered an ad for ‘Stallion Prospect ONLY’ for Gods sake. At the time her biggest concern was “would he be sound enough to mount mares”.

      • As much as it sucks and isn’t what people want to hear, laws protect everyone and not just people who are blatantly abusing a horse in hopes of having the previous owner claim him.  So the recourse is to take him to court and otherwise it is all hearsay.  I am 100% on the horse’s side but it doesn’t change the fact that you lost control the moment you signed that bill of sale that had no legal teeth and never could be enforced.

  • Elktonstable

    Although Mr Mack and the agents that represented him for this sale meant well, their Bill of Sale was so poorly done, the protective clause is not enforceable.  Simply stating with an asterisk that “* this horse is being retired from racing permanently” leads one to instantly ask who is retiring this horse permanently, Mr Mack or the buyer? There is no binding statement that constitutes and agreement by the buyer to this stipulation. Furthermore, the sales agreement says earlier that this sale is “free af any adverse claims and or encumberances.”  This is a contradiction of the latter statement and leaves the impression that although Mr Mack was retiring the horse permanently, the buyer was under no such obligation. This is how it reads even though it was not intended that way.

    The West Virginia Racing Commission was correct in deferring the matter to litigation before they could act. This was sound advice. The reality however, might find Mr Mack, good intentions and all, on the wrong side of the lawsuit.  The abscence of a reply from the PA Racing Commission is indefensible.  Whomever is responsible for this development should be notified about how much of an embarrassment they are for all of us in Pennsylvania. If the job is too much for Corinne Sweeney to handle in at minimum a perfunctory manner, then maybe she should resign and let someone step in that can. Hiding in the office shows an extreme lack of character if nothing else.  

    This brings us to the final and perhaps the most damning aspect of this story.  If Mr Iacovacci were a gentleman and sportsman of any calibre, why would he not abide by the wishes of Mr Mack and simply give the horse back?  There are two things to learn from this story, one is: don’t be non-chalant and sloppy about contracts of sale or other activities if you really want them enforced. The other lesson is; not all people are intelligent and honorable and deserve to even own a horse of any type……know to whom you are selling your horse, don’t just dump it and think you are done with it. Mr Mack, you have been around too long to make this kind of stupid mistake.

  • Mary Johnson

    I personally know George Iacovacci and his “gal pal”, Kelly Spanabel, a jockey. Both are corrupt, in my opinion. George bragged on a video made by Joy Aten, who was with CANTER Michigan at the time, that he ran horses “with tendons all the time”. Don’t expect this bottom dweller to do the right thing for any horse. It is all about the almighty dollar. By the way, I currently own a horse that I purchased from Iacovacci and he came to me severely underweight and wormy. However, is George the exception? No, he is just one of many in the racing industry who care very little for the horses that put food on the tables of those that own and race them. Will Mountaineer do anything? Heck, no, it is business as usual at that low level track!

    • Glenn Thompson

      In the Ebook I wrote, ” The Tradition of Cheating at the Sport of Kings” I described how the horse Saratoga Sinner who had a nice career and won over a quarter of a million dollars was allowed to keep racing when in his last six starts he was pulled up twice and vanned off once. They took his entry at Monmouth Park in a beaten nickle claimer and you guessed it he was pulled up again. Also in the book is the story about the champion George Washington who had to be put down in the Breeders Cup Classic at Monmouth Park due to  top racing official, Bob Kulina’s decision to violate a safety protocol that Monmouth had in place. George Washington never should have been allowed to run that day. The management at the tracks is very weak and a good reason why we are in the shape we are in.

  • Mary Johnson

    I personally know George Iacovacci and his “gal pal”, Kelly Spanabel, a jockey. Both are corrupt, in my opinion. George bragged on a video made by Joy Aten, who was with CANTER Michigan at the time, that he ran horses “with tendons all the time”. Don’t expect this bottom dweller to do the right thing for any horse. It is all about the almighty dollar. By the way, I currently own a horse that I purchased from Iacovacci and he came to me severely underweight and wormy. However, is George the exception? No, he is just one of many in the racing industry who care very little for the horses that put food on the tables of those that own and race them. Will Mountaineer do anything? Heck, no, it is business as usual at that low level track!

  • Mary Johnson

    Yes, Stacy, you have every right to be disgusted. Anyone who truly cares about these athletes will be disgusted but don’t expect the industry to do the right thing when it is much easier to turn a blind eye.

  • This is a perfect example of why we need a NATIONAL RACING COMMISSION, I will shout it from the top of the mountains. The state jurisdictions, individual tracks and stewards  are inept and obviously have no reason to enforce any welfare of the horse. These BAD owners and trainers just pick up and move from one track to another trying to squeeze that last dollar out of the horse. THIS HAS TO STOP. This is an awful situation for STAR PLUS and he needs an intervention immediately.

    • Buzz

      AMEN!! The US absolutely needs a National Racing Commission with the power to enforce or censure/fine/revoke…

  • This is a perfect example of why we need a NATIONAL RACING COMMISSION, I will shout it from the top of the mountains. The state jurisdictions, individual tracks and stewards  are inept and obviously have no reason to enforce any welfare of the horse. These BAD owners and trainers just pick up and move from one track to another trying to squeeze that last dollar out of the horse. THIS HAS TO STOP. This is an awful situation for STAR PLUS and he needs an intervention immediately.

  • tomasijay

    Ironically enough, Sam P. finished last by many in Star Plus’s last victory nearly 2 yrs ago.

  • The JC registration papers are required for putting a stallion prospect into nearly any regional sire program. And some people trust others’ honesty and professed good intentions.

  • Bowmanmill

    our industry is in trouble partly because there are some horrific”Horse Trainers”,due to the ease in getting a Trainers Licence from these Jurisdictions.Also because some of these tracks simply do not give a damm about the Gamblers or the horses.But when you have nothing but $2500.00 Claiming races at these tracks what do you expect?40 Charlie Whittinghams on the grounds!

  • Bowmanmill

    our industry is in trouble partly because there are some horrific”Horse Trainers”,due to the ease in getting a Trainers Licence from these Jurisdictions.Also because some of these tracks simply do not give a damm about the Gamblers or the horses.But when you have nothing but $2500.00 Claiming races at these tracks what do you expect?40 Charlie Whittinghams on the grounds!

  • C.C.

    Why was “Not to Be Raced” not placed on his papers?? Or were they distroyed and replaced?

  • C.C.

    Why was “Not to Be Raced” not placed on his papers?? Or were they distroyed and replaced?

  • Lisanky

    There is power in numbers! How about a grass roots effort to boycott any card on which Star Plus appears? Is it possible to get the gamblers to do this? Facebook and twitter are powerful resources! The racetracks involved may have a much greater interest in solving this matter appropriately if their bottom line is at stake!

  • Lisanky

    There is power in numbers! How about a grass roots effort to boycott any card on which Star Plus appears? Is it possible to get the gamblers to do this? Facebook and twitter are powerful resources! The racetracks involved may have a much greater interest in solving this matter appropriately if their bottom line is at stake!

  • If proof is there, it should be determined that Dirtbag Iacovacci voided the sale when he returned the horse to racing. He should be banned, & the horse returned to Mr.Mack.

  • If proof is there, it should be determined that Dirtbag Iacovacci voided the sale when he returned the horse to racing. He should be banned, & the horse returned to Mr.Mack.

  • Savannah

    Why should they have to spend there hard earned money to buy back Star Plus? When you sale a horse on the condition that it will never race again the stewards and every leader in racing should honor the condition of the sale. More than anything they need to fight for Star Plus, and not take the easy way out or this will just continue to happen.

  • Cpramsey71

    Sickening….. not unbelievable!!!

  • Cpramsey71

    Sickening….. not unbelievable!!!

  • I would suggest then that the JC put a place on the papers for a “not to be raced” stamp which would be a binding condition.

  • ajb

    Definitely time for a “breach of contract” lawsuit to stop these low-lifes.

  • LongTimeEconomist

    As long as Earle Mack has been in the business, he should have known to just keep the foal papers.

    • D Scudero

      The horse was being sold as a “Stallion Prospect ONLY”. This was someone I KNEW as well. We didn’t think for a MINUTE that all this could or would take place. We saw no reason at the time for ‘holding’ papers on a ‘paid for Stud’ that was to stand on a small farm in Ohio to register for the programs and Breeders awards there.

  • LongTimeEconomist

    As long as Earle Mack has been in the business, he should have known to just keep the foal papers.

  • I am appalled at the lack of consideration by the racing officials and the state vets that are supposed to protect not only the horses, but the jockeys that no one took a stance. Instead each jurisdication buried their collective heads in the “dirt” of their tracks!

    As someone that helps to retire horses from the tracks, we ensure that we have the Jockey Club papers surrendered to us so that we can notify the Jockey Club and do our best to ensure that a horse removed from racing permanently, and does not find its way back onto a racetrack.  Of course things can happen and a slip can happen, but when that “slip” was found, its incredible that the wishes of Mr. Mack were superceded by a bunch of bureaucratic horse poop!

    The former ownership group or Maggi Moss (as she has done very well before) should claim him back. There would be several people willing to put together the funds to do that. Or better yet, step up George Iacovacci Sr, as Star Plus’s owner and trainer, and retire the horse.  He has a home to go to, and when so many do not, do you really need the what $ 50 bucks his last place finishes are garnering you? 

    Sharla Sanders
    Founder/Director, The Second Race

    • Sharla,

      As painful as this is, the racing commissions are not to blame (although the PA commission not responding is ridiculous).  They are not responsible for policing poorly written legal documents and do not have the legal right to stop the horse from running.  However, the horse should clearly be placed on a vets list at this point and stopped from racing until the scumbag of an owner/trainer can prove the horse is sound.

      If you put emotions aside (hard to do in this case), the original owner is at fault and should have known better than to give foal papers to the new owner while also drafting a weak legal bill of sale that cannot be enforced.

      My guess is this fool wants them to claim the horse back….why else would he run the horse at this level when he is not even keeping contact with the field.

      The owner should go to the Jockey Club and try to get the issue resolved or sue Iacovacci.  Again, not what anyone wants to hear but these are his only recourses due to his own mistakes made with the bill of sale and transfer of foal papers.

      The more realistic and short-term solution is to press the racing commission / state vet for putting this horse on a vets list so he isn’t able to compete.

    • Sharla,

      See my reply to Julie on FB.  As much as everyone (including me) despises the new owner / trainer, pointing a finger at racing commissions and letting the original owner off the hook for such a poor transfer isn’t right either.  There is no legal basis for the racing commissions to exclude the horse, especially when the bill of sale is so weak (how can someone with so much experience in racing write such a worthless bill of sale?).  However, this horse should be on the vet’s list after (4) horrible performances and this would prevent the horse from running again until the owner / trainer proves to a State vet that the horse is completely sound.  Not liking what happened is one thing but blaming people that have no legal authority to prevent a horse from running is another.

      And for anyone that thinks it would be simple to write a rule covering horses that don’t perform well for (4) consecutive starts, I would welcome someone posting the specific language used for these guidelines.  With so many different levels to run at it isn’t as simple as saying “any horse that finishes in last place and (20) or more lengths behind the winner in (4) consecutive races…).

      With that said, I would be very surprised if the horse doesn’t appear on the vet’s list after this publicity.  And I want to stress that I am disgusted and angry as everyone else….just trying to put a proper perspective on things.

      • And foal papers transferrred for a 1K sale that someone plans to turn into a stud?  That is beyond naive!  How about a condition of the sale being keeping possession of the papers until such time that a stud registration is submitted to the Jockey Club?

      • D. Scudero

        You are absolutely right about the BOS. However, botched or not- it is the ONLY BOS with BOTH parties signatures on it. I sat with Kelly on the phone writing the stipulations to her approval. I have e-mails between kelly and myself with her ‘concern’  ‘if he would be sound enough to breed’?? and “has his seamen been tested”, etc… she shows CLEAR intent to breed ONLY. She also answered an ad for a “Stallion Prospect Only”.  There is certainly enough evidence for more than reasonable doubt of these peoples dubious behavior. The horse shouldn’t pay for all of our mistakes… I am trying my best to make it right- and I won’t quit. I actually knew Kelly years ago and felt bad for her- this is what happened when she asked me to let her have such a nice horse for her small band of mares to breed in the Ohio program….no good deed…

        • See my post above.  I really do respect you responding but the bottom line is your case needs to be made in court and not on the forums and people need to stop pointing fingers at racing commissions.  However, the strength of social networking has proven to be very powerful over the last year so let’s see if the horse is able to get off the vet’s list at PRX now.

          Good luck.  Whether you made a mistake or not doesn’t change the fact that these people are (fill in the blank since it would be filitered by the moderators).

          This is very much like the Westboro Baptist Church but on a smaller scale.  Everyone would love to hang them but the good (and sometimes bad) part about our legal system is everyone has rights.  This just reinforces the need to keep all transactions on a business level regardless of your relationship with an individual and to always have properly documented and legally binding agreements.

  • I am appalled at the lack of consideration by the racing officials and the state vets that are supposed to protect not only the horses, but the jockeys that no one took a stance. Instead each jurisdication buried their collective heads in the “dirt” of their tracks!

    As someone that helps to retire horses from the tracks, we ensure that we have the Jockey Club papers surrendered to us so that we can notify the Jockey Club and do our best to ensure that a horse removed from racing permanently, and does not find its way back onto a racetrack.  Of course things can happen and a slip can happen, but when that “slip” was found, its incredible that the wishes of Mr. Mack were superceded by a bunch of bureaucratic horse poop!

    The former ownership group or Maggi Moss (as she has done very well before) should claim him back. There would be several people willing to put together the funds to do that. Or better yet, step up George Iacovacci Sr, as Star Plus’s owner and trainer, and retire the horse.  He has a home to go to, and when so many do not, do you really need the what $ 50 bucks his last place finishes are garnering you? 

    Sharla Sanders
    Founder/Director, The Second Race

  • Barbara

    Sold a “stud prospect” for 1k? Darcy Scudero listed as seller on brief, amateur, hand written bill of sale? And wonder how this happened? But that is a separate issue from the “do nothing” racing commissions running the sport into oblivion.

  • Barbara

    Sold a “stud prospect” for 1k? Darcy Scudero listed as seller on brief, amateur, hand written bill of sale? And wonder how this happened? But that is a separate issue from the “do nothing” racing commissions running the sport into oblivion.

  • Offandrunning

    The only reason I questioned why Mack did not claim the horse back was that is would have ensured the welfare of the horse.  This article still could have been written after the stewards were contacted and the horse actually ran.  The bill of sale does not even seem to be notarized, so the validity of the contract comes into question.  Just because you write on a bill of sale that the you dont want the horse raced again, bred, etc. does not offer insurance of that. Writing on foal papers also does not insure that the horse will not be raced again.  The current owner only has to retake pictures, pay a fee and describe how the originals were lost to get a new set.  This of course doesnt solve the problem, but the commisions and racing officials do have to uphold what is written law.  I also agree that things need to change to protect these kinds of horses from being raced.  Unfortunately the former owners dropped the ball in this case.

    • johnnyknj

      Then let’s have the JC put a place for a “not to be raced” stamp on the papers and when an owner sell a horse with this condition, have a set of the papers faxed to the JC. If someone applies for replacement papers, they would then be issued with this condition. This is something that the racing industry, fragmented and incompetent as it is, could actually accomplish and institute.

  • Offandrunning

    The only reason I questioned why Mack did not claim the horse back was that is would have ensured the welfare of the horse.  This article still could have been written after the stewards were contacted and the horse actually ran.  The bill of sale does not even seem to be notarized, so the validity of the contract comes into question.  Just because you write on a bill of sale that the you dont want the horse raced again, bred, etc. does not offer insurance of that. Writing on foal papers also does not insure that the horse will not be raced again.  The current owner only has to retake pictures, pay a fee and describe how the originals were lost to get a new set.  This of course doesnt solve the problem, but the commisions and racing officials do have to uphold what is written law.  I also agree that things need to change to protect these kinds of horses from being raced.  Unfortunately the former owners dropped the ball in this case.

  • upbeatred1

    The is almost the worst they can do.  Something bad is going to happen to this poor horse because responsible entities refuse to get involved.  This is why the horse industry is in so much trouble.  This is why I hate racing and this is why I rescued an OTTB from slaughter.  The industry should, by and large, be ashamed.  But, they won’t because money, not ethics, does the talking.    

  • upbeatred1

    The is almost the worst they can do.  Something bad is going to happen to this poor horse because responsible entities refuse to get involved.  This is why the horse industry is in so much trouble.  This is why I hate racing and this is why I rescued an OTTB from slaughter.  The industry should, by and large, be ashamed.  But, they won’t because money, not ethics, does the talking.

  • Tryandkeepup

    I agree with others, Mr. Mack thought he was doing the horse a favor and putting the stipulation that he was not to be raced but since Mr. Mack was so concerned could he have not gelded the horse and found him a place to retire?  Again, this horse was another one that people want to “get it off the payroll” and discarded.  Did racing need another cheap stallion?  No.  I agree that the racing commissions should have upheld the agreement, but so should the owners when they race horses.  They owe the animals something.   I work for a living and I have a cheap horse that we ran.  He didn’t earn much, but he is “still on my payroll”.  I firmly believe that you don’t discard any animal and people like Maggi and Earle should think the same way as they have more means to pay than I do!

    • Upstart

      Did you bother to look up the horse’s pedigree and race record?  When Mr Mack let him go as a stallion prospect Star Plus had as much going for him as half the stallions in KY…maybe more as he might have added some stamina to his foals.  People need to demand more for the horses from “our industry leaders”…NOW.

    •  The price a stallion prospect sells for has more to do with the cost of standing a stallion and very little to do with whether he is worth breeding. Stallions are expensive to keep and extremely expensive to promote. Most non-commercial stallions are free leased between those who wish to use them when they get older because it costs more to stand them than they can earn. Gelding this horse would have only made it more likely they would keep racing him. There is nothing wrong with privately breeding a stallion provided you can race or show the offspring yourself or have a market that wants them. The problem we have is that the market most breed for does not exist – but they don’t know that. The people racing this obviously injured horse are risking the lives of every horse in the race and all the riders, too, – as well as torturing this horse. There is no excuse for the Stewards and/or Track Vets allowing a horse that is obviously injured to race. His performance alone should be enough to keep him from running ever again.

  • Tryandkeepup

    I agree with others, Mr. Mack thought he was doing the horse a favor and putting the stipulation that he was not to be raced but since Mr. Mack was so concerned could he have not gelded the horse and found him a place to retire?  Again, this horse was another one that people want to “get it off the payroll” and discarded.  Did racing need another cheap stallion?  No.  I agree that the racing commissions should have upheld the agreement, but so should the owners when they race horses.  They owe the animals something.   I work for a living and I have a cheap horse that we ran.  He didn’t earn much, but he is “still on my payroll”.  I firmly believe that you don’t discard any animal and people like Maggi and Earle should think the same way as they have more means to pay than I do!

  • Jrg

    George Iacovacci and Kelly Spanabell should be ban racing forever, those two are the most negligent people that i have ever seen on any racetrack in america, they’re horses always look horrible wherever and whenever they run, is shame that any racing comission in any state would give them license if they are people detriment to the sport of horse racing those are Iacovacci and Spanebell.

  • Jrg

    George Iacovacci and Kelly Spanabell should be ban racing forever, those two are the most negligent people that i have ever seen on any racetrack in america, they’re horses always look horrible wherever and whenever they run, is shame that any racing comission in any state would give them license if they are people detriment to the sport of horse racing those are Iacovacci and Spanebell.

  • Carolyn

    Unbelievable.

    • BELLWETHER

      KNOT SOW MS. CAROLYN WHEN ONE LOOKS @ THE JERK$ (SO CALLED $TEWART$ OF “THE GAME”) THAT HAVE BEEN TRY N TO KILL IT!!!…”ALL” THIS BS IS COME N TO A HEAD THATS ABOUT TO BEE SQUEEZED!!!…”THIS GAME” IS ON ITS WAY BACK!!!…SIT TIGHT…ty… 

  • Carolyn

    Unbelievable.

  • Then let’s have the JC put a place for a “not to be raced” stamp on the papers and when an owner sell a horse with this condition, have a set of the papers faxed to the JC. If someone applies for replacement papers, they would then be issued with this condition. This is something that the racing industry, fragmented and incompetent as it is, could actually accomplish and institute.

  • It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the entries for $40K claiming were in hopes that Mr. Mack would buy him back at that price.

  • Equine7189

    I was wondering why that hadn’t been done yet and if it has been started why is there not an injuction by the courts to keep him from being raced at least until the judgement?

  • Jennie Rees

    As Ms. Moss said, what about the stewards lists? Stewards have the ability to put any horse on a list for non-performance. I’d say four defeats by a combined 123 lengths qualifies as non-performance. I’ve often wondered why stewards don’t use it more, unless they just don’t have the guts or desire to go to the effort – or maybe they don’t even think about it. But it is a tool to save horses not only from from abuse in case of an injury as described, but also from trainers who don’t know what they are doing and run horses where they clearly don’t belong (and the ease of getting a trainer’s license in some jurisdictions is another problem in the sport). Do racing offices/tracks no longer have the right to refuse an entry as long as it’s not discriminatory?
    Are tracks in the situation described so hard up for entries that they risk a horse and jockey’s lives, as well as potentially others, just to have another horse? Why are jockeys agreeing to ride a horse in this situation? Are they so hard up for the losing jocks’ mount?
    If tracks so badly need an entry that those involved can’t or won’t find a way to keep a horse from running in the circumstances described, the sport is in bigger trouble than we think.
       This would be a great topic to be brought up at the stewards’ schools at the University of Arizona and University of Louisville. 

  • Jennie Rees

    As Ms. Moss said, what about the stewards lists? Stewards have the ability to put any horse on a list for non-performance. I’d say four defeats by a combined 123 lengths qualifies as non-performance. I’ve often wondered why stewards don’t use it more, unless they just don’t have the guts or desire to go to the effort – or maybe they don’t even think about it. But it is a tool to save horses not only from from abuse in case of an injury as described, but also from trainers who don’t know what they are doing and run horses where they clearly don’t belong (and the ease of getting a trainer’s license in some jurisdictions is another problem in the sport). Do racing offices/tracks no longer have the right to refuse an entry as long as it’s not discriminatory?
    Are tracks in the situation described so hard up for entries that they risk a horse and jockey’s lives, as well as potentially others, just to have another horse? Why are jockeys agreeing to ride a horse in this situation? Are they so hard up for the losing jocks’ mount?
    If tracks so badly need an entry that those involved can’t or won’t find a way to keep a horse from running in the circumstances described, the sport is in bigger trouble than we think.
       This would be a great topic to be brought up at the stewards’ schools at the University of Arizona and University of Louisville. 

  • Michenka

    As time goes on and the ankle gets even worse, you know the vet list should keep this horse off the track. Although it seems a long way to go to get this done, a civil suit would decide this and then the commission could act from that ruling to bar this owner from racing horses at that states tracks. All the effort the previous owner has done without legal backup is not doint the horse any good. Since most of racing has agreed to abide by rules on the retirement of horses this is a rule that could be added to that agreement. I would not delay filing a case because this horse can’t last much longer.

  • Michenka

    As time goes on and the ankle gets even worse, you know the vet list should keep this horse off the track. Although it seems a long way to go to get this done, a civil suit would decide this and then the commission could act from that ruling to bar this owner from racing horses at that states tracks. All the effort the previous owner has done without legal backup is not doint the horse any good. Since most of racing has agreed to abide by rules on the retirement of horses this is a rule that could be added to that agreement. I would not delay filing a case because this horse can’t last much longer.

  • Gloria U.

    This breaks my heart and pisses me off. IT’S RIGHT THERE IN WRITING –  “…this horse is being retired from racing permanently”. What part of that don’t they understand!? I can’t imagine the frustration Earle Mack went through trying to get these people to follow through with his instructions of the horse after he’d been entered in races and continually ran last. Maggi’s letter says it all. If we can’t turn to the officials in our own sport for help, who do we turn to? It’s all “pass the buck”.

  • Gloria U.

    This breaks my heart and pisses me off. IT’S RIGHT THERE IN WRITING –  “…this horse is being retired from racing permanently”. What part of that don’t they understand!? I can’t imagine the frustration Earle Mack went through trying to get these people to follow through with his instructions of the horse after he’d been entered in races and continually ran last. Maggi’s letter says it all. If we can’t turn to the officials in our own sport for help, who do we turn to? It’s all “pass the buck”.

  • Phylli03

    My God.

  • Phylli03

    My God.

  • TBDancer

    Does anyone remember a TB named Brave Miner? He broke down during his last race in front of a long-time fan who had tried to claim him but failed several times–because Brave Miner was claimed out from under her–and who was waiting, finally, take him home. He never made it back to the barn. He had been owned and trained by connections who wanted to run him “one more time.”

  • TBDancer

    Does anyone remember a TB named Brave Miner? He broke down during his last race in front of a long-time fan who had tried to claim him but failed several times–because Brave Miner was claimed out from under her–and who was waiting, finally, take him home. He never made it back to the barn. He had been owned and trained by connections who wanted to run him “one more time.”

  • Holly

    This is sickening!  Heartbreaking and someone should be held accountable.  How long is George Iacovacci Sr going to be allowed to run these horses to their death, whether it be on the track or to the killers?  Did the horse end up running again? What is the status and what can we, interested and caring fans and workers at reputable tracks, do to help stop this madness?  I’ve been told we can’t save them all, but we can do our damndest to save one of them at a time and Star Plus needs to be taken immediately.  Ray, please keep this story alive.

  • Holly

    This is sickening!  Heartbreaking and someone should be held accountable.  How long is George Iacovacci Sr going to be allowed to run these horses to their death, whether it be on the track or to the killers?  Did the horse end up running again? What is the status and what can we, interested and caring fans and workers at reputable tracks, do to help stop this madness?  I’ve been told we can’t save them all, but we can do our damndest to save one of them at a time and Star Plus needs to be taken immediately.  Ray, please keep this story alive.

  • Cher Villalobos

    This article literally gave me the goose bumps because of the sad reality of STAR PLUS.  Kudos to Mr. Mack for trying to fix an unjust situation and there are not even words to describe my disdain for the officials not protecting the horse, the jockeys, the sport.  Maybe STAR PLUS can be the one to get justice rolling for the other one’s who didn’t have a supportive owner keeping track of him.

  • Cher Villalobos

    This article literally gave me the goose bumps because of the sad reality of STAR PLUS.  Kudos to Mr. Mack for trying to fix an unjust situation and there are not even words to describe my disdain for the officials not protecting the horse, the jockeys, the sport.  Maybe STAR PLUS can be the one to get justice rolling for the other one’s who didn’t have a supportive owner keeping track of him.

  • Terrisku

    This is not the only horse this has happened to. A trainer gave horse that broke down too someone, the agreement was to used for stud purpose only. A year later he saw him entered, he called the stewarts at the track, told them the situation. Their reply was he should have stated that on his papers.

    • Upstart

      Mr. Mack apparently did. Did you read the whole article?

  • Terrisku

    This is not the only horse this has happened to. A trainer gave horse that broke down too someone, the agreement was to used for stud purpose only. A year later he saw him entered, he called the stewarts at the track, told them the situation. Their reply was he should have stated that on his papers.

  • Nlreagan

    rln This kind of story brings up such emotions, sadness and anger. I belong to a national racing partnership and we found one of our horses on a western circuit and a representative went out to bring him home. He is now adopted. You could even see in the pictures of him how awful his leg looked. What are these people thinking!!! In this case, what on earth are the vets at the gate looking at, especially with the results of previous races. I thought foal papers could have had the notes on them also. I know we did that many years ago with one of ours.  Who would even breed to this horse if he is so broken down and maybe would have difficulty breeding. There should be a national black list for trainers like this. I hope this is settled soon. Maybe with the publicity there could be pressure put on him to give up Star Plus.

  • According to the Jockey Club, “Do Not Race” stamped or written on the papers is considered defacement of property and the new owner can get new papers without the “do not race” clause since they were “defaced”. I was shocked to hear this in my last conversation with The Jockey Club.

  • Noelle

    Ms. Moss says Mr. Mack “did everything required in assuring a safe home for this remarkable horse….” 
    If everything required to keep the horse off the track and in a safe home was done, why is Star Plus in the hands of this bottom feeder?  

    • Upstart

      Because “our industry leaders” are too busy counting the cash to step up to the plate and do their part in protecting the only reason our “sport” exists…the horses.

      • Noelle

        Yes, of course, but my point was to wonder what Moss means by “everything required.”    She seems to be saying that Mack did everything right to ensure a safe retirement for Star Plus, but if that were true, racing the horse would be impossible.  

  • Diane Rebecca Borger

    Thank you, Ray, for bringing this to our attention. I’m sending it on to a vet in W. Va., sharing as well. I’m stunned that Mountaineer has a 40,000 claiming price these days! You’ve been exceptional in writing about what we are obligated to do for our horses, and I appreciate it so much.

  • Noelle

    Ms. Moss says Mr. Mack “did everything required in assuring a safe home for this remarkable horse….” 
    If everything required to keep the horse off the track and in a safe home was done, why is Star Plus in the hands of this bottom feeder?

  • Diane Rebecca Borger

    Thank you, Ray, for bringing this to our attention. I’m sending it on to a vet in W. Va., sharing as well. I’m stunned that Mountaineer has a 40,000 claiming price these days! You’ve been exceptional in writing about what we are obligated to do for our horses, and I appreciate it so much.

  • Stephanie

    This article made me sick to my stomach. 

  • Stephanie

    This article made me sick to my stomach.

  • Geez,
    they’re more inept than I thought, and I thought they were pretty inept.

  • Curlin03

    These scumbags are making sure the racing indusrty dies a slow miserable death. The public is so sick of hearing one horrible story after another. I’m disgusted! WHEN will these people be held accountable for their actions?????

  • FourCats

    The Jockey Club currently has a procedure to sell a horse “without pedigree”.  As I understand it, this effectively cancels the Certificate of Foal Registration (and it could not be replaced).  The problem with this procedure is that while it would prevent the horse from racing, it would also prevent that horse from standing at stud (for colts) or being bred (for fillies).

    Perhaps what is needed is for the Jockey Club to establish new procedures that would allow a Certificate of Foal Registration to be permanently canceled for racing while still allowing the horse to be bred.  This would allow a horse to be sold for breeding purposes without running the risk that the new owners (or subsequent owners) would be able to race that horse.

    • JOE CACCIOLFI

      YOU ARE CORRECT,THE REPORT OF SOLD WITHOUT PEDIGREE FORM WAS PUT IN PLACE MOSTLY TO PROTECT THE OLD GELDINGS,THERE IS CURRENTLY NOT A PROVISION TO ALLOW ONE OF THESE HORSES TO BE BRED AND NOT RACED.
      IT MOSTLY TAKES THE HORSE PERMANENTLY OUT OF THE JOCKEY CLUB REGISTRY AND KEEPS UNSCRUPULOUS PEOPLE FROM MISREPRESENTING THEMSELVES AND ASING FOR SUPPOSEDLY LOST DUPLICATE FOAL PAPERS.
      SOME PREVIOUS POSTERS WERE CORRECT WHEN STATING
      THAT YOU NEVER RELINQUISH THOSE FOAL PAPERS.

  • Curlin03

    These scumbags are making sure the racing indusrty dies a slow miserable death. The public is so sick of hearing one horrible story after another. I’m disgusted! WHEN will these people be held accountable for their actions?????

  • FourCats

    The Jockey Club currently has a procedure to sell a horse “without pedigree”.  As I understand it, this effectively cancels the Certificate of Foal Registration (and it could not be replaced).  The problem with this procedure is that while it would prevent the horse from racing, it would also prevent that horse from standing at stud (for colts) or being bred (for fillies).

    Perhaps what is needed is for the Jockey Club to establish new procedures that would allow a Certificate of Foal Registration to be permanently canceled for racing while still allowing the horse to be bred.  This would allow a horse to be sold for breeding purposes without running the risk that the new owners (or subsequent owners) would be able to race that horse.

  • Offandrunning

    That would have been me, I’m not blaming them, just stating that it would have insured the horses safety.  When all else failed because of a crappy contract sometimes you have to do what you have to do.  I claimed my happily retired horse that ran 104 times back twice!

  • Upstart

    Ray, please name names when it comes to “our industry leaders”.  The only perple “leading our industry” are motivated by GREED as far as I can tell.

  • Upstart

    Ray, please name names when it comes to “our industry leaders”.  The only perple “leading our industry” are motivated by GREED as far as I can tell.

  • Sandra Warren

    This is not the only time that a graded stakes winner has been returned to training after being given away with a condition not to race.  I assisted The Exceller Fund in permanently retiring another horse, a distinguished gelding, that had been returned to racing after his owner passed away.  It is high time that the Jockey Club help us out here.  In this case, it was necessary to give the papers with the horse so that he could stand at stud, but there are many stakes geldings that would probably have longer lives, being valued more, if they could go with their papers showing their career stats.  New owners who have never had a race horse enjoy looking at them.  Why can’t the Jockey Club allow for an owner to cancel the registration for the purpose of racing without surrendering the papers and declaring the horse dead?

    It is a poser why these people have ruined this horse’s race record by having him run last in several high-priced claimers.  For heaven’s sake, having him win more races for $3200 would be better than the record they’ve now compiled.  But of course, the horse would still run last for $3200 or even $1500.  He’s done.  These people need to retire him quickly or they will not believe the sh!t storm that is about to rain down on them.  This kind of story affects us all in the industry.  Really, shame on you Iocavaccis.  And Mr. Mack, you tried to do the right thing, but it went wrong, and I’m sure that you have enough money to make it right.  You need to get him away from these people.  His stud career won’t go any safer for him as long as he is with them.  Step up, please.

    • Barbara

      He shouldn’t still be a stallion or have a “stud career.” First mistake. Who in their right mind sells a stallion for $1,000 and thinks it ends well? As for his racing record, damn. I don’t think that is the problem here. The duct tape coming off the ankle might be…

      Agreed that this is a prime perfect story for the Jockey Club to note and take action going forward. An ability to cancel racing eligibility on papers and have them reissued stating this is the case.

      • Upstart

        Did you bother to look up the pedigree and race record for Star Plus? How is he any different than half the stallions standing at the farms of “our industry leaders”? Except that he mgiht actually add some stamina to his foals.

        • Tryandkeepup

          Upstart, you keep mentioning his pedigree and race record for Star Plus….how come none of the other industry leaders showed any interest in him?  Because  he was just another plodder.  Mr. Mack has owned good horses in the past and he thought enough of Star Plus to purchase him from Argentina and bring him over here to race.  Unfortunately it did not work out for Star Plus here in America. 

          Who in there right mind sells/gives a horse away for $1,000 to a small breeding operation?  You have to know that just like all of the other horses going to slaughter that usually something bad is going to happen.  This is why all of the retirement/rescues can’t take other horses…..there are too many people thinking just like Earle Mack did.  He is gone off my payroll….the bad thing is that he sold him to a person that I shouldn’ t own ANY animals.  But, now that this horse is back in the public eye he is wanting to do the right thing?  

          I do believe that Mr. Mack is trying to do it right now, but it is too late for Star Plus and all the others that have been discarded as soon as they are done.  My husband trains race horses too and we always see people saying “Give it away to a good home.  I can’t afford to pay the per day on a horse that is going nowhere.”  The trainer is compassionate to the horse, but he also needs to keep the owner happy.  Rescues never have room due to horses living on the average 25 years.  If Mr. Mack kept all of his horses, he would be out of the horse business already as I have never seen owners not complain about the vet bills, blacksmith, and feeding something that has no value to them anymore. 

          I appreciate owners like Mr. Mack for being in the business and helping out horse racing, but I still think that he did this horse wrong from the beginning when he got hurt.  He should have gelded him and retired him to a farm just like I did to my 1996 foal.  He ran, earned some money and now he is on my payroll working as a stable pony that still needs to be fed and shod and vetted all at my own cost. 

          Same way with dogs and cats…..neuter, spay and for the so-called cheap stallions, geld them!  We are definitely a throw away society.

          • Veckhoff

            Tryandkeepup, you nailed it: Star Plus running is a predictable disaster. But Star Plus not running and breeding was the alternative. Another predictable disaster.    
            A sickeningly high percentage of this year’s foal crop will end up in similar straights. When they stop winning, or they’re injured or they stop producing off spring, they get sold to slaughter. 

            TBs like him end up there weekly, and many come from respected trainers. What do they expect? There’s money to be made. They know it when they buy and when they sell. And they especially know it when the horse goes from an asset to a liability. BUt frankly, if you won’t care for the horse that’s put money in your pocket, what expectation can you have a rescue? Isn’t the fundamental issue here expecting others to lay out what you won’t to keep the horse off the track?

            “If Mr. Mack kept all of his horses, he would be out of the horse business already as I have never seen owners not complain about the vet bills, blacksmith, and feeding something that has no value to them anymore, ” says Tryandkeepup.

            No one wants to be out of the horse business, but it’s incapable of fixing itself. The economics make it so. But no one is willing to admit it. They’re always passing the buck.

    • Rachel

      Absolutely! It needs an engaged JOCKEY CLUB …it’s the 21st century for cryin’ outloud…a little paperwork…data entry…horse can’t run again, but offspring can be registered & ineligible to run paperwork can be issued.
      It’s laziness on the part of the JC.

  • Sandra Warren

    This is not the only time that a graded stakes winner has been returned to training after being given away with a condition not to race.  I assisted The Exceller Fund in permanently retiring another horse, a distinguished gelding, that had been returned to racing after his owner passed away.  It is high time that the Jockey Club help us out here.  In this case, it was necessary to give the papers with the horse so that he could stand at stud, but there are many stakes geldings that would probably have longer lives, being valued more, if they could go with their papers showing their career stats.  New owners who have never had a race horse enjoy looking at them.  Why can’t the Jockey Club allow for an owner to cancel the registration for the purpose of racing without surrendering the papers and declaring the horse dead?

    It is a poser why these people have ruined this horse’s race record by having him run last in several high-priced claimers.  For heaven’s sake, having him win more races for $3200 would be better than the record they’ve now compiled.  But of course, the horse would still run last for $3200 or even $1500.  He’s done.  These people need to retire him quickly or they will not believe the sh!t storm that is about to rain down on them.  This kind of story affects us all in the industry.  Really, shame on you Iocavaccis.  And Mr. Mack, you tried to do the right thing, but it went wrong, and I’m sure that you have enough money to make it right.  You need to get him away from these people.  His stud career won’t go any safer for him as long as he is with them.  Step up, please.

  • Cheryl

    Do the US Jockey Club not have a non-racing agreement available? In Britain the seller can apply for a non-racing agreement which sees the horse’s passport stamped and the horse’s name added to a database with Weatherbys which forbids any entries being made. Any replacement passports carry the “non-racing” stamp.

  • Cheryl

    Do the US Jockey Club not have a non-racing agreement available? In Britain the seller can apply for a non-racing agreement which sees the horse’s passport stamped and the horse’s name added to a database with Weatherbys which forbids any entries being made. Any replacement passports carry the “non-racing” stamp.

  • Poodleagility1

    What a travestywhat people do to animals for their human gain!  There are no words and the man should be barred from all equine sports permanently.

  • Poodleagility1

    What a travestywhat people do to animals for their human gain!  There are no words and the man should be barred from all equine sports permanently.

  • Jtreptow

    IT SOUNDS TO ME AS IF THE CURRENT OWNER IS ATTEMPTING TO GET THE HORSE CLAIMED AT A PRICE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN HIS VALUE, BY A PERSON WHO EMPATHIZES WITH THIS TRAVESTY. 

    THE APPROPRIATE ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN BY TRACK MANAGEMENT TO PUT AN END TO THIS INJUSTICE, BUT ABSENT THAT, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE JOCKEY COLONY AT EACH TRACK REFUSE TO RIDE THE HORSE!

    JIM TREPTOW/ HICKORY TREE FARM

    • Mary Johnson

      Kelly Spanabel is Iacovacci’s girlfriend and a jockey. She will never refuse to ride Georgie’s horses. I know both of them from Beulah Park and they are reprehensible. I actually own a horse that I bought from our boy, George.

      • Mary.. I would imagine that attorneys would not be involved to fight for the horse you have and articles would NOT have been written about him. There are many MANY horses out there that can be secured for FREE on the backside of most lower end tracks, some that will end up in slaughter as well but here the focus is on one horse that was a ONCE great race horse. That is the ONLY reason we are reading any of this. 

        IF this horse is sound, there is nothing wrong with him racing more. I know a whole lot of horses that would have raced just as poorly as Star Plus did when put against this kind of competition and they are 100% sound and healthy. 

        In the letter that Kelly posted for George Iacovacci… he invited anyone that wants to bring a vet to come on out. Perhaps you should take him up on that offer. Transparency is everything and he is certainly trying to be that. 

           

    • mousse

      The Jock is his girlfriend!!!!!!!

      • Deb Jones

        Yep that right! Kelly Spanabel is the girlfriend. If my memory serves me correctly, a few horses with her name on ended up starving in the back 40 in Ohio. I am reviewing old emails now!

        • Please get your facts straight and dont spread lies as your statement is false

          • RTD

            Here is some facts for ya……you should be barred from being a jockey….you would have enough trouble riding a bike let alone a horse….as far as your old man is considered he should  barred from training immediatley…..he couldnt train a dog to bark let alone get a horse to run……all you people are doing is giving a sport that gets enough bad press an even bigger black eye…Get a life and a concious an do what is right for Star Plus and the rest of your horses…get out of the business and move back into the trailer park you two hillbillies came from!

  • Jtreptow

    IT SOUNDS TO ME AS IF THE CURRENT OWNER IS ATTEMPTING TO GET THE HORSE CLAIMED AT A PRICE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN HIS VALUE, BY A PERSON WHO EMPATHIZES WITH THIS TRAVESTY. 

    THE APPROPRIATE ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN BY TRACK MANAGEMENT TO PUT AN END TO THIS INJUSTICE, BUT ABSENT THAT, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE JOCKEY COLONY AT EACH TRACK REFUSE TO RIDE THE HORSE!

    JIM TREPTOW/ HICKORY TREE FARM

  • Two-dollar better

    Glenn is probably right!  That’s despicable what George I. is doing and he should be stopped in his tracks!

  • Pjasin38

    If the new owner didn’t honor the written agreement, why didn’t the original owner take him back? He should have immediately notified the media if the racing commissions, vets, etc. did not help this horse! The guy who ran this poor horse should be banned from racing!

    • Upstart

      Don’t even think about blaming the original owner.

  • Pjasin38

    If the new owner didn’t honor the written agreement, why didn’t the original owner take him back? He should have immediately notified the media if the racing commissions, vets, etc. did not help this horse! The guy who ran this poor horse should be banned from racing!

  • Not Shocked

    For Two hundred dollars and ten bags of feed, Kelsey LeFever will give him a great home.

    • Bushwick

      True Dat!

  • Not Shocked

    For Two hundred dollars and ten bags of feed, Kelsey LeFever will give him a great home.

  • Bushwick

    It doesnt matter how much money the Mack’s or Moss’s have they shouldnt have their horse held for ransome. Which is what this Icovaci guy is doing. BTW I have never seen a trainer/jockey combo have as many last place finishes as this pair! I cant back it up with any statistics but I would say 80% last place finishes would be in the ballpark.

  • Bushwick

    It doesnt matter how much money the Mack’s or Moss’s have they shouldnt have their horse held for ransome. Which is what this Icovaci guy is doing. BTW I have never seen a trainer/jockey combo have as many last place finishes as this pair! I cant back it up with any statistics but I would say 80% last place finishes would be in the ballpark.

  • Bushwick

    True Dat!

  • Userfreindly91

    why was this horse rehomed with papers?

    • Upstart

      Without papers doesn’t guarentee anything.

    • Barbara

      So they could use him as a breeding stallion.

  • Userfreindly91

    why was this horse rehomed with papers?

  • Barbara

    He shouldn’t still be a stallion or have a “stud career.” First mistake. Who in their right mind sells a stallion for $1,000 and thinks it ends well? As for his racing record, damn. I don’t think that is the problem here. The duct tape coming off the ankle might be…

    Agreed that this is a prime perfect story for the Jockey Club to note and take action going forward. An ability to cancel racing eligibility on papers and have them reissued stating this is the case.

  • samuel

    Check your math. It was 105 starts. But you are to be commended for your wonderful treatment of horses. Just another happily retired gray.

  • Sandi

    Mountaineer is a crap track.  I have a horse rescued from New Holland.  I have tried to find out why this horse was  there.  At the very least you would think they would contact the trainer & see if he was aware of this. Nothing.  I have contacted Mountaineer Stewards, W. V. Racing Commission & the W. V. Thoroughbred Breeders Asso.  No response from any one!!!
    By the way, this horse is sound, sane, quiet & good looking & only 5 when I aquired him.

  • Alex Brown

    yet another tragic story, where it is the horse that loses.  I will add that I know Dr. Sweeney, and would vouch for her integrity as if it was my own.  I imagine that like any story, there is a little more than is revealed here.

    • RayPaulick

      I am not questioning Dr. Sweeney’s integrity, but her competence as a regulator. She should have resigned a long time ago from her position as chairman of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission.

  • Alex Brown

    yet another tragic story, where it is the horse that loses.  I will add that I know Dr. Sweeney, and would vouch for her integrity as if it was my own.  I imagine that like any story, there is a little more than is revealed here.

  • Upstart

    Don’t even think about blaming the original owner.

  • Mary Johnson

    Kelly Spanabel is Iacovacci’s girlfriend and a jockey. She will never refuse to ride Georgie’s horses. I know both of them from Beulah Park and they are reprehensible. I actually own a horse that I bought from our boy, George.

  • Upstart

    Without papers doesn’t guarentee anything.

  • Upstart

    Because “our industry leaders” are too busy counting the cash to step up to the plate and do their part in protecting the only reason our “sport” exists…the horses.

  • Upstart

    Mr. Mack apparently did. Did you read the whole article?

  • Macdrf

    God bless Mr. Mack and Ms. Moss.
    George I. and the WVA racing decomission should hang their heads. Fat chance.

  • Macdrf

    God bless Mr. Mack and Ms. Moss.
    George I. and the WVA racing decomission should hang their heads. Fat chance.

  • Gail Tregear

    In Australia we have a vet on duty at every track and it is doubtful if a horse carrying a well documented serious injury would be allowed to race. 

  • Gail Tregear

    In Australia we have a vet on duty at every track and it is doubtful if a horse carrying a well documented serious injury would be allowed to race.

  • cares!

    I Agree With Mack and Maggi, this horse should not be allowed on the backstretch of any racetrack! 
    when a horse is mark to be retired from racing by the person who owed him, that should end the horses racing career!

  • Tom Goncharoff

    Keep the heat on Ray.  The only way to stop this is to embarrass, if that’s possible, the respective racing commissions.  

  • Tom Goncharoff

    Keep the heat on Ray.  The only way to stop this is to embarrass, if that’s possible, the respective racing commissions.

  • it is insane that they keep racing a horse that is A)known to be injured B) sold with a written agreement that he not be raced C) keeps losing by 30-40 lengths.  interesting that we keep seeing the names of certain tracks come up over and over, where the welfare of the horses are NOT a primary concern.  Mountaineer, Penn….come on.  Show some backbone!  Mr. Amores need to step up as well, and not pass the buck to the court system.  By the time this case makes its way to a judge, Star Plus will be dead, unless some real, meaningful action is taken now.

  • it is insane that they keep racing a horse that is A)known to be injured B) sold with a written agreement that he not be raced C) keeps losing by 30-40 lengths.  interesting that we keep seeing the names of certain tracks come up over and over, where the welfare of the horses are NOT a primary concern.  Mountaineer, Penn….come on.  Show some backbone!  Mr. Amores need to step up as well, and not pass the buck to the court system.  By the time this case makes its way to a judge, Star Plus will be dead, unless some real, meaningful action is taken now.

  • Fred1221

    I am a horse owner at PARX.   I saw the Jan. 28th race , in which Star Plus was hopelessly outclassed. .    He was shipped in  from WV for the race no less,  , off of 3  consecutive Beyers in the teens. This was  an upper- level optional claimer  / allowance race,  where the others horses were running Beyers in the mid-80s.     I thought the owner/trainer was a madman.  After the race, I was convinced !      Star Plus  trailed the field.    Comment in the race’s chart,  suggests that  he is a hurting horse.
    I emailed the Racing Secretary right after the race,   asking how they  could allow this horse to run at PARX.   The next day I  faxed my email to the Stewards.     In nether case did I get a reply . 

    • Otis

      Good old PA, once again.

    • roseann cherasaro

      I am thinking about protesting Parx with a really big sign detailing this info..next day off on Monday you may see me there.

    • Mary Johnson

      What about putting up a billboard such as the Deputy Broad billboard that was put up close to Mountaineer to tell Star’s story? Shame the industry into doing the right thing for ALL the horses.

    • good for you “Concerned” voicing your opinion and letting the Racing Secretary know you were watching and paying attention!

  • Fred1221

    I am a horse owner at PARX.   I saw the Jan. 28th race , in which Star Plus was hopelessly outclassed. .    He was shipped in  from WV for the race no less,  , off of 3  consecutive Beyers in the teens. This was  an upper- level optional claimer  / allowance race,  where the others horses were running Beyers in the mid-80s.     I thought the owner/trainer was a madman.  After the race, I was convinced !      Star Plus  trailed the field.    Comment in the race’s chart,  suggests that  he is a hurting horse.
    I emailed the Racing Secretary right after the race,   asking how they  could allow this horse to run at PARX.   The next day I  faxed my email to the Stewards.     In nether case did I get a reply .

  • Upstart

    Did you bother to look up the horse’s pedigree and race record?  When Mr Mack let him go as a stallion prospect Star Plus had as much going for him as half the stallions in KY…maybe more as he might have added some stamina to his foals.  People need to demand more for the horses from “our industry leaders”…NOW.

  • Otis

    I am completely gob smacked that there is so much evil walking amongst the decent, hardworking and caring horsemen.     

  • Otis

    I am completely gob smacked that there is so much evil walking amongst the decent, hardworking and caring horsemen.

  • Carapanfarm

    Unfortunately, it as been my experience in my many years in this industry, that when it
    comes to enforcing the “Rules of Racing” each participant must adhere too, the Stewards and respective State Comissions usually come up with a severe case of “oh that dos’nt apply in this case” or ” You need to first have a Judgement for us to proceed”.
    Has anyone ever tried to collect from a dead beat owner who has a large stable of active runners? I guess the Financial Responsability Rule just dos’nt apply in this instance!!
    It seems to me it never does apply! Not until someone like Ernie Paragallo comes to the public eye does the NY commission decide that its time for Owners to be responsible for thier horses. Will that change things when someone requests help in chasing down a deadbeat owner? This isn’t as serious as the Star Plus incident, but it just points out the fact that Racing Officials crave authority over the sport, but refuse to take tha very same authority when faced with the opportunity.

  • Bluehen16

    If the horse is that unsound it seems a criminal charge of recklas endangerment could be filed against the trainer for risking a jockey’s life. Should the horse break down and injure or kill the Jock obviously the trainer with this publicity be held liable. But my guess is this trainer can’t afford a cup of coffee.

  • Otis

    Good old PA, once again.

  • Carapanfarm

    Unfortunately, it as been my experience in my many years in this industry, that when it
    comes to enforcing the “Rules of Racing” each participant must adhere too, the Stewards and respective State Comissions usually come up with a severe case of “oh that dos’nt apply in this case” or ” You need to first have a Judgement for us to proceed”.
    Has anyone ever tried to collect from a dead beat owner who has a large stable of active runners? I guess the Financial Responsability Rule just dos’nt apply in this instance!!
    It seems to me it never does apply! Not until someone like Ernie Paragallo comes to the public eye does the NY commission decide that its time for Owners to be responsible for thier horses. Will that change things when someone requests help in chasing down a deadbeat owner? This isn’t as serious as the Star Plus incident, but it just points out the fact that Racing Officials crave authority over the sport, but refuse to take tha very same authority when faced with the opportunity.

  • Barbara

    So they could use him as a breeding stallion.

  • RayPaulick

    I am not questioning Dr. Sweeney’s integrity, but her competence as a regulator. She should have resigned a long time ago from her position as chairman of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission.

  • Concerned

    Can not  imagine how the horsse  past the State Vet  on Jan. 28,  the date he last ran at PARX.  

    The comments in the   chart of the   race,   suggests that this is a hurting horse. 

    He trailed the field by about 40 lengths that day…………………

    • Deb Jones

      What I have been trying to find out all day and told that the horse was signed off the vet list after work out at MTR and blood was drawn on 1/10/12. Horse was looked at pre race at PARX and considered good to run!
      PA racing commission John Gerwick at PARX is the guy who needs to grow some!

  • Concerned

    Can not  imagine how the horsse  past the State Vet  on Jan. 28,  the date he last ran at PARX.  

    The comments in the   chart of the   race,   suggests that this is a hurting horse. 

    He trailed the field by about 40 lengths that day…………………

  • Ariel Yve

    It would be great if the Jockey Club could issue new papers after a horse’s owner retires or re-homes them for a second career.  The new set of papers would state that the horse is a registered thoroughbred, but is ineligible to race.  This would not only prevent something like this from happening again, but would make a lots of OTTB owners happy to have papers on their rescued horses.  Something like this would really be fantastic.

  • Ariel Yve

    It would be great if the Jockey Club could issue new papers after a horse’s owner retires or re-homes them for a second career.  The new set of papers would state that the horse is a registered thoroughbred, but is ineligible to race.  This would not only prevent something like this from happening again, but would make a lots of OTTB owners happy to have papers on their rescued horses.  Something like this would really be fantastic.

  • Upstart

    Did you bother to look up the pedigree and race record for Star Plus? How is he any different than half the stallions standing at the farms of “our industry leaders”? Except that he mgiht actually add some stamina to his foals.

  • ktq1

    I’d be inclined to find another way, versus “rewarding” this behavior.  It’s rediculous that there isn’t justified reasons why he should not run based on performance – he is now a danger to all.

  • ktq1

    The answer isn’t to reward this behavior.  The answer is to do what Ray and others are doing.  Maybe if we all write to these tracks and spread the word that we will boycott and spread the word via social networking for others to boycott and write, we can find a better solution for all.

    As a side note – ALWAYS write “do not race” on their registered papers….

  • Nina

    Every time I have worked with horses dumped into slaughter they all come from West Virginia,Pennsylvania or Ohio. The cesspool of the racing exits in these 3 states.

    • Deb Jones

      Nina, there is also a huge cesspool out here in California. Sadly, its nationwide

  • Nina

    Every time I have worked with horses dumped into slaughter they all come from West Virginia,Pennsylvania or Ohio. The cesspool of the racing exits in these 3 states.

  • Longgroves

    Allowing Star Plus to race is a black eye, rather a disgrace to every jurisdiction that allows the horse on the grounds of their track much less to enter and run in a race. I have never met Mr. Mack (I hope I do someday) but he has my respect and admiration.

    Sincerely,

    Steven A. Sansone 

  • Longgroves

    Allowing Star Plus to race is a black eye, rather a disgrace to every jurisdiction that allows the horse on the grounds of their track much less to enter and run in a race. I have never met Mr. Mack (I hope I do someday) but he has my respect and admiration.

    Sincerely,

    Steven A. Sansone 

  • Ray- I was involved in helping to stop this poor animal from racing in one race in Pa,,, and thought he was banned permanently.  Obviously not the case.  Does Iacovacci really want to see this poor animal break down and risk harming others, as well as himself.  This is absolutely nothing short of animal cruelty, and that tracks allowing this are hypocrites.  However the problem runs deeper…and necessitates a needed change in Jockey Club policy.
    Currently if a TB is retired and the papers are submitted to the JC, the animal- mare or horse- cannot race in the country, however, it loses its breeding rights to a recognized foal as well.  The offspring cannot be registered as race horses.  I have never understood the rationale of this policy, and it is clear that the loophool it creates is the reason this horse is still running.  This is a prima facia example of why the directors must change this praxtice.  there will always be scum like Iacovacci exploiting this gap, and we are far past the needed time for a change.  This horse should not have to suffer as a result of irresponsible regulations and the slime that exploit them.
    Thank for publicizing this travesty.

  • Ray- I was involved in helping to stop this poor animal from racing in one race in Pa,,, and thought he was banned permanently.  Obviously not the case.  Does Iacovacci really want to see this poor animal break down and risk harming others, as well as himself.  This is absolutely nothing short of animal cruelty, and that tracks allowing this are hypocrites.  However the problem runs deeper…and necessitates a needed change in Jockey Club policy.
    Currently if a TB is retired and the papers are submitted to the JC, the animal- mare or horse- cannot race in the country, however, it loses its breeding rights to a recognized foal as well.  The offspring cannot be registered as race horses.  I have never understood the rationale of this policy, and it is clear that the loophool it creates is the reason this horse is still running.  This is a prima facia example of why the directors must change this praxtice.  there will always be scum like Iacovacci exploiting this gap, and we are far past the needed time for a change.  This horse should not have to suffer as a result of irresponsible regulations and the slime that exploit them.
    Thank for publicizing this travesty.

  • R.A.C.E. Fund, Inc.

    Unfortunatley, if Mr. Mack would not have just given this horse away for what he calls a useful purpose to a small breeding farm and would have signed a Sold Without Pedigree form instead, the horse’s foal papers would have been permanently cancelled by the Jockey Club and this horse would have never ever raced again and would not be racing today.  Writing something on the foal papers or on a bill of sale means nothing and will not prevent someone from racing that horses. We have educated many people about the Sold Without Pedigree form. It is the only way to guarantee a horse will never race again and no duplicate set of papers can be obtained for racing or breeding. See Jockey Club Rule 18:  SOLD WITHOUT PEDIGREE

    A. Any owner who desires a horse no longer to be considered a Thoroughbred for racing or breeding purposes must promptly surrender the Certificate of Foal Registration to The Jockey Club within 60 days of the date of sale with an accompanying notation that the horse was transferred or sold “without pedigree.” The notation must be signed by the owner (or owner’s authorized agent) and indicate the date of disposition. In the event the owner or his authorized agent surrenders the Certificate of Foal Registration to The Jockey Club in the above manner more than 60 days after the date of transfer or sale, then the new owner or transferee must also submit a statement that the horse was purchased or received without pedigree. B. Upon receipt in The Jockey Club Registry Office, the respective Certificate of Foal Registration will be canceled. Once the registration is canceled, the horse cannot be reinstated into the registry, and a Duplicate Certificate of Foal Registration will not be issued. C. Notations upon a Certificate of Foal Registration which do not clearly indicate transferred or sold without pedigree, including notations such as “not to be raced,” shall not result in cancellation of the Certificate of Foal Registration. Such notations could be regarded as defacing the Certificate of Foal Registration and, submission to The Jockey Club of any such defaced Certificate of Foal Registration, may cause a Corrected Certificate of Foal Registration to be issued.

    • Barbara

      How many times will someone have to post that you need the papers to stand him as a stallion if you plan to register the progeny. The issue is that at this time, TJC makes no distinction between racing and breeding for “Sold without pedigree.”

      • R.A.C.E. Fund, Inc.

        Hello but are there not enough thoroughbreds being bred every year as it is? If a horse is injured and should not be racing and you sell that horse
        cheaply or give it away to be used for stud purposes and you hand over the horse’s original foal papers to the new owner regardless of what you write on them to do or not do, you are not protecting that horse in any way in the future and the new owner can run that horse again. What do you all think is happening to many thoroughbred studs and broodmares that can no longer produce? Many do not end up in a good way. Some unfortunately have even been brought back to race again like this horse There are already too many horses being bred and no real safety nets put in place by the breeders or racing industry or accountability. The Sold Without Pedigree is the only guarantee and if it would have been used in this case this horse would not be running today and this horse would not be in this situation.  Were any other alternatives sought for this horse other than being a breeding stallion? The Jockey Club rule is what it is.  I guess an owner of a horse has to decide, do I turn over the foal papers so the horse can be a breeding stallion and take the shot that he may be raced again or do I use the Sold Without Pedigree form and make absolute sure he never races again.

        • Stop making your lame excuses and get your elite board to get off their butts and change this policy.

        • Barbara

          Agreed. That lack of protection and the handwritten bill of sale certainly didn’t help this horse. I misunderstood your first comment about the “small breeding farm.”  I think he should have been gelded and re-homed with well researched references from the buyer and a proper legal contract.

    • Belmont

      So what happens if you do not want a horse to race; but would want him to be allowed to breed???

      • JOE CACCIOLFI

        THAT IS THE LOOPHOLE THAT THE JOCKEY CLUB WOULD HAVE TO ADDRESS.AS OF NOW,THERE IS NO PROVSION FOR THAT SCENARIO.

    • Finally someone that speaks the truth!!! I can’t agree with you more. Of course if I was going to sell my home and I realized that a rich person (compared to myself) wanted my home, the price would certainly double. I think from what a mutual friend of both myself and Gail Hirt’s had shown me to be posted on her facebook wall, tells the rest of the story. The horse WAS secured until this owner found out that Maggi Moss was loaning Gail the money for the horse and suddenly he was not being retired and sold. I imagine he saw dollar signs at this point and decided to throw the horse into a claiming race that he knew the horse would never win but baiting Maggi Moss to come claim him if she wanted him so bad. This situation has happened over and over again. Apparently the deal would have been final if Maggi’s name had not been mentioned. 
      Message from Gail Hirt’s wall: “Why do these people do this??? A few of us have been watching a horse by the name of Star Plus. He was brought here from Argentina in 2007 and did not race until 2008. He was off for over a year from 2008 until 2010 and raced 3 times last year when he was off again from March 2010 until July of this year when he showed up with another owner/trainer at Mountaineer. He has run 3 times this year, with the last two races in the last 2 weeks. He lost one by 26 lengths and the other by 35 lengths. I approached the owner to retire him. He was all set to do it until he found out that Maggi was lending me the money to get him so we could complete the deal quickly without hassle. He said something was fishy in the deal since Maggi was involved. This horse had a forever home to retire and would never race again. Now he says he will run the horse for the next couple years and then breed him. I have been told this horse is in no condition to race any longer. I pray that he holds together for their greed…….With them, it’s not about the horse!” 

    • That does not address the fact that the rules for surrending foaling papers MUST be changed.  A new, honest owner who agrees to abide by the previous owner’s wishes that the animal be taken off the track CANNOT breed and register the foal if the papers are surrendered.  You can qoute theur rule book all you wish, but as long as this policy stands, it opens the door to fraud and closes it to the hoinest person.  Reform of this contradictory and double edged rule is sorely past due, and Star Plus is their damaged and unwilling poster child for this.  It does not take a village to raise or retire a horse- it takes common sense that the JC’s policies lack.

    • JenniferPTHR

      RACE FUND That is excellent information. I am wondering if you can answer a question. Sometimes when we adopt a horse out the owners would like the papers because the OTTB’s are then eligible for certain classes in showing. Is there a way to prevent racing or breeding on the papers but allow the owner to have them for eligibility in some classes. Our adoption contracts say no racing no breeding and we write it on the JC papers when we get them. 

      • R.A.C.E. Fund, Inc.

        A photostatic copy of the horse’s original foal papers can be made before the original foal papers are sent to the Jockey Club with the Sold Without Pedigree  and the photostatic copy should be given to the rescue facility that is taking the horse so the rescue has a copy for their recrods and  a potential adopter can also have a copy for their records. If needed they can produce the  photostatic copy of the papers at horse shows for proof the horse is a thoroughbred and matches the horse’s tattoo.

    • Rachel

      Lower-level stallions have the least shot at a good life after racing…taking away their papers may be the “bullet”…and gelding an older horse does not always a “gelding make”…
      I wish more stallions were gelded once it’s obvious they’re not the top tier…

  • R.A.C.E. Fund, Inc.

    Unfortunatley, if Mr. Mack would not have just given this horse away for what he calls a useful purpose to a small breeding farm and would have signed a Sold Without Pedigree form instead, the horse’s foal papers would have been permanently cancelled by the Jockey Club and this horse would have never ever raced again and would not be racing today.  Writing something on the foal papers or on a bill of sale means nothing and will not prevent someone from racing that horses. We have educated many people about the Sold Without Pedigree form. It is the only way to guarantee a horse will never race again and no duplicate set of papers can be obtained for racing or breeding. See Jockey Club Rule 18:  SOLD WITHOUT PEDIGREE

    A. Any owner who desires a horse no longer to be considered a Thoroughbred for racing or breeding purposes must promptly surrender the Certificate of Foal Registration to The Jockey Club within 60 days of the date of sale with an accompanying notation that the horse was transferred or sold “without pedigree.” The notation must be signed by the owner (or owner’s authorized agent) and indicate the date of disposition. In the event the owner or his authorized agent surrenders the Certificate of Foal Registration to The Jockey Club in the above manner more than 60 days after the date of transfer or sale, then the new owner or transferee must also submit a statement that the horse was purchased or received without pedigree. B. Upon receipt in The Jockey Club Registry Office, the respective Certificate of Foal Registration will be canceled. Once the registration is canceled, the horse cannot be reinstated into the registry, and a Duplicate Certificate of Foal Registration will not be issued. C. Notations upon a Certificate of Foal Registration which do not clearly indicate transferred or sold without pedigree, including notations such as “not to be raced,” shall not result in cancellation of the Certificate of Foal Registration. Such notations could be regarded as defacing the Certificate of Foal Registration and, submission to The Jockey Club of any such defaced Certificate of Foal Registration, may cause a Corrected Certificate of Foal Registration to be issued.

  • Cindi Eveleigh

    Oh my God! This is reprehensible, I hope the former owner does file a lawsuit and brings even more attention to this issue, since the poor horse is doomed to be abused with no other recourse. Sickening to say the least.

  • Cindi Eveleigh

    Oh my God! This is reprehensible, I hope the former owner does file a lawsuit and brings even more attention to this issue, since the poor horse is doomed to be abused with no other recourse. Sickening to say the least.

  • Barbara

    How many times will someone have to post that you need the papers to stand him as a stallion if you plan to register the progeny. The issue is that at this time, TJC makes no distinction between racing and breeding for “Sold without pedigree.”

  • Belmont

    So what happens if you do not want a horse to race; but would want him to be allowed to breed???

  • Dawn

    What kind of *bleepery* is this???

    [thank you Amy Winehouse for one of the best lines ever!]

  • Dawn

    What kind of *bleepery* is this???

    [thank you Amy Winehouse for one of the best lines ever!]

  • This is an embarrassment to our industry…no wonder people accuse our industry of cruelty…at times it is! IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNACCEPTABLE!

  • This is an embarrassment to our industry…no wonder people accuse our industry of cruelty…at times it is! IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNACCEPTABLE!

  • nomoredrugs

    Why cant the stewards rescind Mr Iacovaccis license,and ban him from the backside of the track. For this there should be no second chance. or do the stewards follow the California method of many chances?

  • nomoredrugs

    Why cant the stewards rescind Mr Iacovaccis license,and ban him from the backside of the track. For this there should be no second chance. or do the stewards follow the California method of many chances?

  • Gene

    These are the type of people who deserve to be ruled off tracks. Let the fraudulent individual try to sue the racetracks and racing commissioners for doing what they know is wrong and preserving the integrity of racing.  Why is everybody such a coward?  Where are the b****s?

  • Mstarseq

    Apparently this isn’t the first time these guys have scammed people, and you can damn sure bet it won’t be the last! ……
    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=329266

  • Mstarseq

    Apparently this isn’t the first time these guys have scammed people, and you can damn sure bet it won’t be the last! ……
    http://www.chronofhorse.com/fo

  • JC

    This may be preaching to the choir, Mr. Paulick(and, if so, I apologize), but find or use a contact at the Philly Inquirer or the TV networks and get this in the local news.  If I didn’t live 1800 miles away, I’d consider finding a trailer and going to get this poor horse myself.  Saving him would be worth a fine or sitting in the pokey a little while for theft.  Raise some hell and perhaps Another Chance 4 Horses can go get him

    http://www.ac4h.com/

    before he ends up broke down and/or euthanized because of it; or at New Holland. We already know what tends to happen out of there.  

    And I’m none too fond of Mountaineer Park

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04mvw6tTHrs

    Watch both parts if you can stand it.  But, it illustrates that ac4h might be able to take care of Star Plus. 

    Albeit for humans, I am a health care professional.  I DO NOT KNOW WHAT PLANET these equine vets are on, allowing this horse to race.  Are their pockets being lined or what?  I have worked human orthopedics–this would be like me saying, “It’s ok for you to run that mile on that shattered ankle, Mr. Smith.  You might hurt it worse, but that’s fine, too”.  But, in the human world, if a man was given clearance to run, and did, and hurt it more, there are malpractice lawsuits for that, with the settlements at least paying for the future care of the ankle.  And, while it’s not good, if necessary an ankle mess can be amputated in a human, not euthanized.  What on God’s Earth are these people thinking?!! 

    SOMEONE PLEASE FIND A WAY TO SAVE THAT HORSE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. 

    AND IF HELL SOMEDAY BURNS REAL HOT FOR SOME PEOPLE, THEN THEY’LL HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAME. 

    SHAMEFUL AND APPALLING… 

    THE BIGGEST PRAYERS I’VE GOT FOR STAR PLUS… 

    • Mstar

      Do a search for 4C4H, they seem to be just a big a scam. There are, however, a number of rescues in the area. Problem is they are already full and who is going to take in a TB stallion who is probably crippled by now :-(

      • JC

         It’s ac4h, and if it’s any sort of “scam” then please provide supporting links. 

      • JC

        To be frank, if what Mstar says is true, then why has HBO given the owner of ac4h a great big sound byte?!!   Perhaps MidAtlantic Horse Rescue is a better bet. 

    • Barb3000

       Every horse running any race in the US can be given phenylbutazone or Bute is a vet drug for pain and it’s legal to  use this before a race.  Using this drug and others is why this horse was on his feet and running his heart out for these crooks.  This is why so many racehorses end up crippled for life and if they can still hobble into a auction ring are sold for slaughter. If you want to find out just what this drug is please google:
      Association of phenylbutazone usage with horses bought for slaughter : A public health risk by Doctors Dodman, Blondeau and Marini.

      The EU is where most of the horse meat ends up sold to the public via Canada and Mexico.  The EU rules are that horses sent for slaughter in these  countries that eat horse meat such as Japan, France, Belgium, Italy and parts of Canada must have a passport that lists all drugs the horse has been given over its lifetime if it has no passport it cannot be killed for human consumption. If any horse has Bute on its passport it will be rejected for slaughter forever.

       Bute is the number one drug that no animal that is slaughtered  for human consumption can be given either in the US or elsewhere. We have no passports for US horses yet thousands of US horses including many thousands of discarded race horses just like this one are pumped full of Bute before being sold for slaughter just so they can walk to the slaughter buyer’s truck hoping to keep them on their feet till they get to the slaughter plant.

       There is rampant fraud in the paperwork that is needed for US horses that cross both borders. There is no way that a kill buyer can know what a horse he just bought has been given over it’s life time.  the US government is not interested in any of this because its up to the exporter of the meat, Canada and Mexico to check paperwork.  All of this information can be googled.

  • JOE CACCIOLFI

    YOU ARE CORRECT,THE REPORT OF SOLD WITHOUT PEDIGREE FORM WAS PUT IN PLACE MOSTLY TO PROTECT THE OLD GELDINGS,THERE IS CURRENTLY NOT A PROVISION TO ALLOW ONE OF THESE HORSES TO BE BRED AND NOT RACED.
    IT MOSTLY TAKES THE HORSE PERMANENTLY OUT OF THE JOCKEY CLUB REGISTRY AND KEEPS UNSCRUPULOUS PEOPLE FROM MISREPRESENTING THEMSELVES AND ASING FOR SUPPOSEDLY LOST DUPLICATE FOAL PAPERS.
    SOME PREVIOUS POSTERS WERE CORRECT WHEN STATING
    THAT YOU NEVER RELINQUISH THOSE FOAL PAPERS.

  • JC

    This may be preaching to the choir, Mr. Paulick(and, if so, I apologize), but find or use a contact at the Philly Inquirer or the TV networks and get this in the local news.  If I didn’t live 1800 miles away, I’d consider finding a trailer and going to get this poor horse myself.  Saving him would be worth a fine or sitting in the pokey a little while for theft.  Raise some hell and perhaps Another Chance 4 Horses can go get him

    http://www.ac4h.com/

    before he ends up broke down and/or euthanized because of it; or at New Holland. We already know what tends to happen out of there.  

    And I’m none too fond of Mountaineer Park

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    Watch both parts if you can stand it.  But, it illustrates that ac4h might be able to take care of Star Plus. 

    Albeit for humans, I am a health care professional.  I DO NOT KNOW WHAT PLANET these equine vets are on, allowing this horse to race.  Are their pockets being lined or what?  I have worked human orthopedics–this would be like me saying, “It’s ok for you to run that mile on that shattered ankle, Mr. Smith.  You might hurt it worse, but that’s fine, too”.  But, in the human world, if a man was given clearance to run, and did, and hurt it more, there are malpractice lawsuits for that, with the settlements at least paying for the future care of the ankle.  And, while it’s not good, if necessary an ankle mess can be amputated in a human, not euthanized.  What on God’s Earth are these people thinking?!! 

    SOMEONE PLEASE FIND A WAY TO SAVE THAT HORSE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. 

    AND IF HELL SOMEDAY BURNS REAL HOT FOR SOME PEOPLE, THEN THEY’LL HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAME. 

    SHAMEFUL AND APPALLING… 

    THE BIGGEST PRAYERS I’VE GOT FOR STAR PLUS…

  • Mstarseq

    Who do we need to contact to file a complaint or voice our opinion on this issue to make something happen?  Names, phone numbers, emails, links? 

  • Mstarseq

    Who do we need to contact to file a complaint or voice our opinion on this issue to make something happen?  Names, phone numbers, emails, links?

  • JOE CACCIOLFI

    THAT IS THE LOOPHOLE THAT THE JOCKEY CLUB WOULD HAVE TO ADDRESS.AS OF NOW,THERE IS NO PROVSION FOR THAT SCENARIO.

  • mousse

    The Jock is his girlfriend!!!!!!!

  • Mstar

    Please make your voices heard! Somebody has to stick up for this horse. I posted a link to this report on their FB wall but it was immediately taken down. Can’t hide the truth for long!

    http://www.facebook.com/parxra… 
    http://www.agriculture.state.p

  • Mstar

    Do a search for 4C4H, they seem to be just a big a scam. There are, however, a number of rescues in the area. Problem is they are already full and who is going to take in a TB stallion who is probably crippled by now :-(

  • Mari

    How about if he simply honored the agreement he made when he purchased the horse…and stopped racing him PERIOD!!!

  • Finally someone that speaks the truth!!! I can’t agree with you more. Of course if I was going to sell my home and I realized that a rich person (compared to myself) wanted my home, the price would certainly double. I think from what a mutual friend of both myself and Gail Hirt’s had shown me to be posted on her facebook wall, tells the rest of the story. The horse WAS secured until this owner found out that Maggi Moss was loaning Gail the money for the horse and suddenly he was not being retired and sold. I imagine he saw dollar signs at this point and decided to throw the horse into a claiming race that he knew the horse would never win but baiting Maggi Moss to come claim him if she wanted him so bad. This situation has happened over and over again. Apparently the deal would have been final if Maggi’s name had not been mentioned. 
    Message from Gail Hirt’s wall: “Why do these people do this??? A few of us have been watching a horse by the name of Star Plus. He was brought here from Argentina in 2007 and did not race until 2008. He was off for over a year from 2008 until 2010 and raced 3 times last year when he was off again from March 2010 until July of this year when he showed up with another owner/trainer at Mountaineer. He has run 3 times this year, with the last two races in the last 2 weeks. He lost one by 26 lengths and the other by 35 lengths. I approached the owner to retire him. He was all set to do it until he found out that Maggi was lending me the money to get him so we could complete the deal quickly without hassle. He said something was fishy in the deal since Maggi was involved. This horse had a forever home to retire and would never race again. Now he says he will run the horse for the next couple years and then breed him. I have been told this horse is in no condition to race any longer. I pray that he holds together for their greed…….With them, it’s not about the horse!”

  • R.A.C.E. Fund, Inc.

    Hello but are there not enough thoroughbreds being bred every year as it is? If a horse is injured and should not be racing and you sell that horse
    cheaply or give it away to be used for stud purposes and you hand over the horse’s original foal papers to the new owner regardless of what you write on them to do or not do, you are not protecting that horse in any way in the future and the new owner can run that horse again. What do you all think is happening to many thoroughbred studs and broodmares that can no longer produce? Many do not end up in a good way. Some unfortunately have even been brought back to race again like this horse There are already too many horses being bred and no real safety nets put in place by the breeders or racing industry or accountability. The Sold Without Pedigree is the only guarantee and if it would have been used in this case this horse would not be running today and this horse would not be in this situation.  Were any other alternatives sought for this horse other than being a breeding stallion? The Jockey Club rule is what it is.  I guess an owner of a horse has to decide, do I turn over the foal papers so the horse can be a breeding stallion and take the shot that he may be raced again or do I use the Sold Without Pedigree form and make absolute sure he never races again.

  • Deb Jones

    Yep that right! Kelly Spanabel is the girlfriend. If my memory serves me correctly, a few horses with her name on ended up starving in the back 40 in Ohio. I am reviewing old emails now!

  • Clarepears

    ANd where is the horse now?

  • Clarepears

    ANd where is the horse now?

  • I’m sharing this on all my Thoroughbred and HorseRacing  boards to create further public knowledge of the shady deal dealt this noble horse and his former owner, who acted altruisticly in  all matters concerning the horse’s permanent retirement.  We are their Voice.  Voter’s cards ready…

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  • I’m sharing this on all my Thoroughbred and HorseRacing  boards to create further public knowledge of the shady deal dealt this noble horse and his former owner, who acted altruisticly in  all matters concerning the horse’s permanent retirement.  We are their Voice.  Voter’s cards ready…

  • PlzCrosspostToHelpThisHorse. Thank you!

  • giftoffaith

    No words can express my disgust. Here’s another horse has done what he can and deserves to retire with dignity, obviously his owner has none.

  • giftoffaith

    No words can express my disgust. Here’s another horse has done what he can and deserves to retire with dignity, obviously his owner has none.

  • Deb Jones

    What I have been trying to find out all day and told that the horse was signed off the vet list after work out at MTR and blood was drawn on 1/10/12. Horse was looked at pre race at PARX and considered good to run!
    PA racing commission John Gerwick at PARX is the guy who needs to grow some!

  • Deb Jones

    Nina, there is also a huge cesspool out here in California. Sadly, its nationwide

  • Racherasaro

    I am thinking about protesting Parx with a really big sign detailing this info..next day off on Monday you may see me there.

  • harry buchanan

    Thank you Mr.Paulick for bringing this to your readers. I am getting in contac with both West Va. Racing Commission and the ridiculous PA Racing Commission and letting them know this in not right for Mr.Mack and the racing public. How can any so called race track accept this entry if nothing else the lengths beaten in every start. It probably won’t due any good but at least I will try.George Iacovacci is a BLACK EYE for racing. He used to run horses in Ohio and was something like 0/32. Sad very sad.

  • harry buchanan

    Thank you Mr.Paulick for bringing this to your readers. I am getting in contac with both West Va. Racing Commission and the ridiculous PA Racing Commission and letting them know this in not right for Mr.Mack and the racing public. How can any so called race track accept this entry if nothing else the lengths beaten in every start. It probably won’t due any good but at least I will try.George Iacovacci is a BLACK EYE for racing. He used to run horses in Ohio and was something like 0/32. Sad very sad.

  • SteveG

    Ray, it’s absolutely commendable, the job you’re doing to keep a light shining on those who prefer the shadows.  The first step in the process to dislodge the kind of practices you’ve written about here & elsewhere is to expose them, hope others pick up & carry the message & put pressure on decision makers to act.

    It’s not only appalling, but confounding, as well, that the racing industry doesn’t recognize the wounds it inflicts on itself by failing to rally around to correct a deep & tragic flaw that, however ingrained & however costly in dollars to correct, should be a first priority to eliminate. 

    Without any reference to the ethical points, valid as they are, IMO, it’s simply bad business to allow these incidents to continue to arise while ignoring them or accepting their occurrence with apparent indifference despite small steps in certain jurisdictions to protect the athletes once they’re no longer viable on the track.

    The fact the “industry” can’t carve out enough dollars from what’s in the neighborhood of 10 billion in handle to correct a flaw that will only grow worse & more costly if not corrected is the major cause of my pessimism for the future of the sport, despite my abiding love for it.  As someone who has sent in millions at the windows over the years & enjoyed some success doing so, my inclinations have turned to the point where this single issue may become my waterloo as a bettor.

    If I’m thinking it, I can only imagine those less inclined to the handicapping & wagering aspect of the sport are likely long gone & those who may be inclined to participate because they simply love horses will never participate unless a secure future for racehorses is achieved.

  • SteveG

    Ray, it’s absolutely commendable, the job you’re doing to keep a light shining on those who prefer the shadows.  The first step in the process to dislodge the kind of practices you’ve written about here & elsewhere is to expose them, hope others pick up & carry the message & put pressure on decision makers to act.

    It’s not only appalling, but confounding, as well, that the racing industry doesn’t recognize the wounds it inflicts on itself by failing to rally around to correct a deep & tragic flaw that, however ingrained & however costly in dollars to correct, should be a first priority to eliminate. 

    Without any reference to the ethical points, valid as they are, IMO, it’s simply bad business to allow these incidents to continue to arise while ignoring them or accepting their occurrence with apparent indifference despite small steps in certain jurisdictions to protect the athletes once they’re no longer viable on the track.

    The fact the “industry” can’t carve out enough dollars from what’s in the neighborhood of 10 billion in handle to correct a flaw that will only grow worse & more costly if not corrected is the major cause of my pessimism for the future of the sport, despite my abiding love for it.  As someone who has sent in millions at the windows over the years & enjoyed some success doing so, my inclinations have turned to the point where this single issue may become my waterloo as a bettor.

    If I’m thinking it, I can only imagine those less inclined to the handicapping & wagering aspect of the sport are likely long gone & those who may be inclined to participate because they simply love horses will never participate unless a secure future for racehorses is achieved.

  • Bristling

    Horseracing surely deserves the bad name it has. This horse should be put on the stewards list for poor performance. And the PA racing commission is the absolute worst in the country. PA comm does not care about horse racing one bit.

    • Elktonstable

      Hey Bristling! Are you part of the same coven as Mary? The poor performance suggestion isn’t bad, but I don’t think it would survive a court challenge and thats what you need to consider when taking some sort of action against people with poor judgement. This is not a reflection on racing or the commission, it is the law. I am certain the PA Racing Commission would like to do a lot of things to stop incidents like the one we are responding to, but their hands are tied by the law. If they step over the boundary in an emotional fervor it may have really negative repercussions and unintended results.  The PA Commission, although far from perfect and they react in some ways I find difficult to defend, are trying to improve on many fronts. It does help to prod and humiliate them once in a while just to sharpen them and other racing commissons up.

      •  How exactly would you define “poor performance” if how this horse has run doesn’t qualify – not only by the number of lengths he is finishing behind but even more by the published performance comments?

  • Bristling

    Horseracing surely deserves the bad name it has. This horse should be put on the stewards list for poor performance. And the PA racing commission is the absolute worst in the country. PA comm does not care about horse racing one bit.

  • Stop making your lame excuses and get your elite board to get off their butts and change this policy.

  • JC

    It’s ac4h, and if it’s any sort of “scam” then please provide supporting links.

  • August Song

    Egregious and absolutely disgusting! Just another reason why a National Thoroughbred Racing Board needs to be established to make sure atrocities like this one to Star Plus never happen again, and where racetracks and state racing commissions are not the ultimate, final say in what is permitted and regulated. It is another example of licensed owner/ trainer (as if a license really means anything with what’s been going on in the sport), who has not acted responsibly, or in the best interests of the sport. I bet he would pay attention to a $50,000.00 fine and a 10 year suspension though, wouldn’t he?

    • C Simon

      Why would a national board be any different than state boards?

    • JC

       Yes, I’d agree with what TD Thornton said once–that some of these things might get better if the criteria for becoming a trainer and getting a trainer’s license were WAY more stringent.  I can only hope and pray–this sort of thing is not fair to the horses or the jockeys, etc.  And anybody wonders why racing can have such a bad reputation?  You want to improve the image of the sport?  Well, DUH… :-/ 

  • JenniferPTHR

    RACE FUND That is excellent information. I am wondering if you can answer a question. Sometimes when we adopt a horse out the owners would like the papers because the OTTB’s are then eligible for certain classes in showing. Is there a way to prevent racing or breeding on the papers but allow the owner to have them for eligibility in some classes. Our adoption contracts say no racing no breeding and we write it on the JC papers when we get them.

  • August Song

    Egregious and absolutely disgusting! Just another reason why a National Thoroughbred Racing Board needs to be established to make sure atrocities like this one to Star Plus never happen again, and where racetracks and state racing commissions are not the ultimate, final say in what is permitted and regulated. It is another example of licensed owner/ trainer (as if a license really means anything with what’s been going on in the sport), who has not acted responsibly, or in the best interests of the sport. I bet he would pay attention to a $50,000.00 fine and a 10 year suspension though, wouldn’t he?

  • Barbara

    Agreed. That lack of protection and the handwritten bill of sale certainly didn’t help this horse. I misunderstood your first comment about the “small breeding farm.”  I think he should have been gelded and re-homed with well researched references from the buyer and a proper legal contract.

  • R.A.C.E. Fund, Inc.

    A photostatic copy of the horse’s original foal papers can be made before the original foal papers are sent to the Jockey Club with the Sold Without Pedigree  and the photostatic copy should be given to the rescue facility that is taking the horse so the rescue has a copy for their recrods and  a potential adopter can also have a copy for their records. If needed they can produce the  photostatic copy of the papers at horse shows for proof the horse is a thoroughbred and matches the horse’s tattoo.

  • JC

    To be frank, if what Mstar says is true, then why has HBO given the owner of ac4h a great big sound byte?!!   Perhaps MidAtlantic Horse Rescue is a better bet.

  • Jacqpk

    Are the newspapers and news magazines beinG contacted?

  • Jacqpk

    Are the newspapers and news magazines beinG contacted?

  • Newsy4444

    If this wasn’t so sad, it would be silly.

    Mountaineer in W VA  .. how many other tracks this horse ran at sore & suffering are subsidized by VLT monies? That puts them under the state legislatures.

    It’s only a matter of time before state taxpayers respond to blatant animal abuse of horses like Star Plus and say hey, why are we allowing this to happen, when our firemen and ambulance crews are being laid off?

    Real estate law allows the deed holder to sell certain parts of the land and not others; development rights, mineral rights and so on.

    Why is it arguable that horse owners can sell certain rights to the horse, and not others? Why can’t an owner NOT sell rights for the the horse to be nerve blocked and forced into a starting gate, a Russian Roulette for a catastrophic breakdown that could kill other riders and horses too. Not to be dramatic, but that’s the veterinary reality.

    Penn National had a jockey boycott when track stewards kept starting Michale Gill horses. Riders were concerned for their safety. Maybe put Jockeys in charge of racing?

    • Gfpowell

      This is sickening! I praise owners like Earl Macke! Maggie Moss, I’m on the same page with you for once. Every comment here is great and exacerbates just how bad things have become for the racehorse. It is disgraceful that the racing commission, stewards, and even the state Vet didn’t protect this horse. What baffles me is all the years that I have been on the track I have seen many horses scratched for much less soundness problems then this so what the heck is going on here? Our industry suffers from partisan politics whereby so and so’s wife/husband:friend gets the jobs, gets the stalls, gets preferential treatment when they don’t know the first thing about the racehorse resulting in issues like these – absolutely disgraceful

  • Newsy4444

    If this wasn’t so sad, it would be silly.

    Mountaineer in W VA  .. how many other tracks this horse ran at sore & suffering are subsidized by VLT monies? That puts them under the state legislatures.

    It’s only a matter of time before state taxpayers respond to blatant animal abuse of horses like Star Plus and say hey, why are we allowing this to happen, when our firemen and ambulance crews are being laid off?

    Real estate law allows the deed holder to sell certain parts of the land and not others; development rights, mineral rights and so on.

    Why is it arguable that horse owners can sell certain rights to the horse, and not others? Why can’t an owner NOT sell rights for the the horse to be nerve blocked and forced into a starting gate, a Russian Roulette for a catastrophic breakdown that could kill other riders and horses too. Not to be dramatic, but that’s the veterinary reality.

    Penn National had a jockey boycott when track stewards kept starting Michale Gill horses. Riders were concerned for their safety. Maybe put Jockeys in charge of racing?

  • As much as people won’t want to hear your point of view, you are 100% correct.  This doesn’t change the fact that Iacovacci is a piece of trash but the original owner and his agent did not properly protect this horse due to their weak documentation.

  • McGov

    You would think with the use of database’s today that this type of situation could be avoided.  Is this system the best that we can come up with?  One piece of paper still determines so much in 2012?  Reminds me of the old black and white pics of racing where you see the same equipment used today, 100+ years ago.  Some things are best left alone, but this archaic system could use some massaging. 
    Sure hope this story has a happy ending.

  • McGov

    You would think with the use of database’s today that this type of situation could be avoided.  Is this system the best that we can come up with?  One piece of paper still determines so much in 2012?  Reminds me of the old black and white pics of racing where you see the same equipment used today, 100+ years ago.  Some things are best left alone, but this archaic system could use some massaging. 
    Sure hope this story has a happy ending.

  • Karen Worthington

    The only thing I find more horrifying than this story is the realization that it’s soooo believable.  It brings tears of sadness to my eyes.

    At the same time, it reminds me of a similar story with such a happy ending, that I am also shedding tears of joy.  (Interesting combination!)

    About a year ago, a friend of mine who runs a Throughbred rescue here in Washington State got a call from a local racehorse owner looking for a place to put a former horse of hers.  She had sold the horse to another owner, thinking the buyer respected and cared for his horses as much as she does.  She had seen the horse run in Arizona a few months after the purchase and could tell from the way he moved that he was hurting.  When she contacted the new owner, he said that the colt had sustained an injury to a suspensory ligament and needed to be turned out for 6 to 8 months.  He said that he had a friend with some rangeland he could send the horse to. 

    You can imagine the former owner’s surprise to see the horse entered at a different track three months later!  She contacted the new owner, who said he felt that the horse was around 90% back.  She then contacted both the steward and vet at the track and told them what she knew about the horse.  They let the horse run, and, because he is smart enough to protect himself, he was able to finish the race.  The new owner told her she could buy the horse, if she had a place to put him.  So she contacted my friend.

    When I learned all this, I told another friend who is in California, training hunters and jumpers.  She really likes Thoroughbreds, and loves re-habbing horses off the track.  Through a series of small miracles, my trainer friend was able to acquire the horse (after watching him race (very protectively) again.)  The former owner paid for shipping from Nebraska to California, and the horse was able to begin his extensive rehab.  In addition to the unhealed injury in the front, he had injured his back end while protecting himself in the races.  Through the persistence of his RESPONSIBLE former owner, he is now ready to begin a new, productive, show career.

    It would be in the best interest of the horses for the Jockey Club to provide a simple, clear way for an owner to assure each horse’s future with a “not to race” option similar to England’s, so the horses could be shown or bred, but not abused into the ground, sometimes literally.

  • Karen Worthington

    The only thing I find more horrifying than this story is the realization that it’s soooo believable.  It brings tears of sadness to my eyes.

    At the same time, it reminds me of a similar story with such a happy ending, that I am also shedding tears of joy.  (Interesting combination!)

    About a year ago, a friend of mine who runs a Throughbred rescue here in Washington State got a call from a local racehorse owner looking for a place to put a former horse of hers.  She had sold the horse to another owner, thinking the buyer respected and cared for his horses as much as she does.  She had seen the horse run in Arizona a few months after the purchase and could tell from the way he moved that he was hurting.  When she contacted the new owner, he said that the colt had sustained an injury to a suspensory ligament and needed to be turned out for 6 to 8 months.  He said that he had a friend with some rangeland he could send the horse to. 

    You can imagine the former owner’s surprise to see the horse entered at a different track three months later!  She contacted the new owner, who said he felt that the horse was around 90% back.  She then contacted both the steward and vet at the track and told them what she knew about the horse.  They let the horse run, and, because he is smart enough to protect himself, he was able to finish the race.  The new owner told her she could buy the horse, if she had a place to put him.  So she contacted my friend.

    When I learned all this, I told another friend who is in California, training hunters and jumpers.  She really likes Thoroughbreds, and loves re-habbing horses off the track.  Through a series of small miracles, my trainer friend was able to acquire the horse (after watching him race (very protectively) again.)  The former owner paid for shipping from Nebraska to California, and the horse was able to begin his extensive rehab.  In addition to the unhealed injury in the front, he had injured his back end while protecting himself in the races.  Through the persistence of his RESPONSIBLE former owner, he is now ready to begin a new, productive, show career.

    It would be in the best interest of the horses for the Jockey Club to provide a simple, clear way for an owner to assure each horse’s future with a “not to race” option similar to England’s, so the horses could be shown or bred, but not abused into the ground, sometimes literally.

  • C Simon

    Why would a national board be any different than state boards?

  • Butchcassidy8504

    Is Friday the only day Good News Is Posted?

    • 66puppies

       Maybe Friday will be Good News about this horse????

  • Butchcassidy8504

    Is Friday the only day Good News Is Posted?

  • Barb3000

    People like these are the very reason so many racehorses end up in the slaughter pipeline. The greed involved in the racing industry is something a person wouldn’t believe unless they knew it. With the National Thoroughbred Racing Association hiring a lobbyist for $50,000.00 for starters to lobby members of the US Senate to not cosponsor the anti-horse slaughter bill S.1176 is a disgrace. In the Senate there is only 26 cosponsors and in the House of Representatives there is almost 160.  Quite a difference considering the amount of money that was donated to these Senators  reelection campaigns last year to kill a bill that was pending.  Why would the Racing Association hire a lobbyist? All of you are in the horse racing business can any of you explain this? I have seen enough photos of these horses hung upside down by a hind leg after being killed in a slaughter plant in Canada with their throats cut to bleed out over a large sink on their way to be gutted and sliced into chops to feed the wealthy in Europe to last me a lifetime.  I am a member of one of hundreds of organizations working to stop the cruelty of horse slaughter. If someone does not rescue this horse he will be another statistic like thousands of others.

    • JC

       God bless you.  I’d also LOVE, as here, to work against horse/animal abuse in running animals that are injured, especially as badly as Star Plus.  This is appalling…

    •  The reason ~58,000 horses go to slaughter in Mexico and Canada every year is because the breed and racing associations put all the money in 2 and 3 yo events to encourage more breeding and competing of young horses. Until pressure is put on them to favor events for older horses and the breeding of fewer horses they will never be in favor of eliminating horse slaughter because that is how they get the excess of horses off their feed bills. When there is no horse slaughter the price of horses drops to almost nothing. Last winter in Texas they were selling for $2 a head – so their owners had to pay to send them away. The worst travesty is how the entire industry claims only old, injured horses go to the killers when the actual fact is that many yearlings with papers go directly there as do thousands of perfectly sound, rideable horses. Horses are like puppies and kittens – there are more of them than homes available – and few can afford to take care of them. With the dollar sliding and the price of feed (and everything else) climbing it can only get worse. Many can afford to breed a mare and raise a foal but most are dreaming that someone else will show or raise the foals they raise. That almost never happens for the average horse. We must STOP BREEDING horses we do not have pre-sold or intend to keep their entire lives.

  • Barb3000

    People like these are the very reason so many racehorses end up in the slaughter pipeline. The greed involved in the racing industry is something a person wouldn’t believe unless they knew it. With the National Thoroughbred Racing Association hiring a lobbyist for $50,000.00 for starters to lobby members of the US Senate to not cosponsor the anti-horse slaughter bill S.1176 is a disgrace. In the Senate there is only 26 cosponsors and in the House of Representatives there is almost 160.  Quite a difference considering the amount of money that was donated to these Senators  reelection campaigns last year to kill a bill that was pending.  Why would the Racing Association hire a lobbyist? All of you are in the horse racing business can any of you explain this? I have seen enough photos of these horses hung upside down by a hind leg after being killed in a slaughter plant in Canada with their throats cut to bleed out over a large sink on their way to be gutted and sliced into chops to feed the wealthy in Europe to last me a lifetime.  I am a member of one of hundreds of organizations working to stop the cruelty of horse slaughter. If someone does not rescue this horse he will be another statistic like thousands of others.

  • JC

    Yes, I’d agree with what TD Thornton said once–that some of these things might get better if the criteria for becoming a trainer and getting a trainer’s license were WAY more stringent.  I can only hope and pray–this sort of thing is not fair to the horses or the jockeys, etc.  And anybody wonders why racing can have such a bad reputation?  You want to improve the image of the sport?  Well, DUH… :-/

  • Sharla,

    See my reply to Julie on FB.  As much as everyone (including me) despises the new owner / trainer, pointing a finger at racing commissions and letting the original owner off the hook for such a poor transfer isn’t right either.  There is no legal basis for the racing commissions to exclude the horse, especially when the bill of sale is so weak (how can someone with so much experience in racing write such a worthless bill of sale?).  However, this horse should be on the vet’s list after (4) horrible performances and this would prevent the horse from running again until the owner / trainer proves to a State vet that the horse is completely sound.  Not liking what happened is one thing but blaming people that have no legal authority to prevent a horse from running is another.

    And for anyone that thinks it would be simple to write a rule covering horses that don’t perform well for (4) consecutive starts, I would welcome someone posting the specific language used for these guidelines.  With so many different levels to run at it isn’t as simple as saying “any horse that finishes in last place and (20) or more lengths behind the winner in (4) consecutive races…).

    With that said, I would be very surprised if the horse doesn’t appear on the vet’s list after this publicity.  And I want to stress that I am disgusted and angry as everyone else….just trying to put a proper perspective on things.

  • And foal papers transferrred for a 1K sale that someone plans to turn into a stud?  That is beyond naive!  How about a condition of the sale being keeping possession of the papers until such time that a stud registration is submitted to the Jockey Club?

  • Glenn Thompson

    The Jockey Club should make it easy for an owner, when he sells a horse, to make sure he never races again. As far as the racing commisions and stewards go they really need to do a better job. In the ebook I wrote,” The Tradition of Cheating at the Sport of Kings” I explain how 85% of trainers are cheating on race day and the racing commisions and stewards just turn a blind eye.

  • Glenn Thompson

    The Jockey Club should make it easy for an owner, when he sells a horse, to make sure he never races again. As far as the racing commisions and stewards go they really need to do a better job. In the ebook I wrote,” The Tradition of Cheating at the Sport of Kings” I explain how 85% of trainers are cheating on race day and the racing commisions and stewards just turn a blind eye.

  • Glenn Thompson

    The Jockey Club does have a way to stop a horse from racing when you sell it but it is a pain in the ass to do. They need to make it easier.

  • Glenn Thompson

    In the Ebook I wrote, ” The Tradition of Cheating at the Sport of Kings” I described how the horse Saratoga Sinner who had a nice career and won over a quarter of a million dollars was allowed to keep racing when in his last six starts he was pulled up twice and vanned off once. They took his entry at Monmouth Park in a beaten nickle claimer and you guessed it he was pulled up again. Also in the book is the story about the champion George Washington who had to be put down in the Breeders Cup Classic at Monmouth Park due to  top racing official, Bob Kulina’s decision to violate a safety protocol that Monmouth had in place. George Washington never should have been allowed to run that day. The management at the tracks is very weak and a good reason why we are in the shape we are in.

  • BELLWETHER

    KNOT SOW MS. CAROLYN WHEN ONE LOOKS @ THE JERK$ (SO CALLED $TEWART$ OF “THE GAME”) THAT HAVE BEEN TRY N TO KILL IT!!!…”ALL” THIS BS IS COME N TO A HEAD THATS ABOUT TO BEE SQUEEZED!!!…”THIS GAME” IS ON ITS WAY BACK!!!…SIT TIGHT…ty…

  • nomoralcompass

    More hand wringing time! What’s anyone going to do about it? Write a bunch of letters telling the choir that someone is singing off key?  In every other profession the right to hold a professional license is a limited privilege, in horse racing, its a god given right. Until licenses are lost, forever, until horses are barred from grounds, the lying, the cheating, the damage done, that is killing our sport will continue. 
     And really, does a complaint to Pennsylvania officials mean anything? You’d be better off to contact the incompetent division of the local prosecutors office.” 

    Pennsylvania, where the pots are huge and corruption never ends. 

    • Mary Johnson

      I couldn’t agree more. Racing is a sinister and corrupt industry and the one thing racing does best is to turn a blind eye to the atrocities that occur on a daily basis. Iacovacci and his gal pal are the tip of the iceberg.

      • Elktonstable

        Come on Mary, that’s a little harsh and its the kind of comment that I find irrisistable when it comes to responding. It is very unreasonable and totally innaccurate to generalize so negatively about racing. There are bad apples present in every sport or enterprise. Your claims are so scathing I wonder what traumatic childhood experience you had to damage you so. When you write things like this are you hunched over a boiling cauldron, spitting bitterness and bile while you stir the eye of newt? Maybe one too many martinis and you want to clear out the bar?  I can’t disagree with your comments on the dynamic duo in your last sentence, but do you think you can cut the rest of us a little slack….I like my horses.

        • Mary Johnson

          You don’t know anything about me yet you say I’ve had too many martinis? I have NEVER had a martini in my life, big guy, and I have NEVER sat hunched over a boiling cauldron. Perhaps you are confusing me with you gulping down too many alchoholic beverages when you are hunched over the bar in your favorite tavern or perhaps you are confusing me with you colleagues in the racing industry! How many TB’s go to slaughter every year and how many experience breakdowns on the track? Perhaps you need to read up on what REALLY goes on behind closed doors!! Talk to your pals at Mountaineer. That track allows the middleman kill buyer to continue to race in spite of the fact that Mtn has a “no horse to slaughter” policy. I wasn’t traumatized as a child but I am traumatized daily by helping to save these athletes when their racing days are over. Currently, I am donating to “save” a 15 year old TB mare that is with the kill buyer in Canada. Her former connections weren’t interested in helping her get to safety, so, as a PROUD member of the non-racing public, I stepped up to help. I have no doubt that you “like” your horses. However, what are you doing to hold YOUR industry accountable for the atrocities that occur on a daily basis? I suspect your answer will be “nothing”. Even someone with minimal intelligence knows that the racing industry is in big trouble and I continue to applaud it’s precipitous decline. If racing ever decides to clean up it’s act, I may consider changing my stance. Now will YOU please get back to your cauldron?

  • nomoralcompass

    More hand wringing time! What’s anyone going to do about it? Write a bunch of letters telling the choir that someone is singing off key?  In every other profession the right to hold a professional license is a limited privilege, in horse racing, its a god given right. Until licenses are lost, forever, until horses are barred from grounds, the lying, the cheating, the damage done, that is killing our sport will continue. 
     And really, does a complaint to Pennsylvania officials mean anything? You’d be better off to contact the incompetent division of the local prosecutors office.” 

    Pennsylvania, where the pots are huge and corruption never ends.

  • Black Helen

    We always wrote in black magic marker “NO TO RACE” across the papers when the horse was sold.

  • Black Helen

    We always wrote in black magic marker “NO TO RACE” across the papers when the horse was sold.

  • dfa

    We are not doing the right thing.  When you do car racing, the vehicle MUST be in shape, perfectly, sound and able to pass any control. For your sake and the rest.
    And I am talking about a machine…not a living precious animal….and after all, if any of us have a horse who finish some 20 lenghts behind the last one (without a reasonable fact), who will have the unconcious act of conduct to make him race again. I am deeply annoyed for this matter: We own Latency, who raced in the same field with this wonderful horse: STAR PLUS DESERVES A PROPER OWNER LIKE THE ONES HE USED TO HAVE!!! and in order to be leader of our complicated industry it is mandatory to have guts

  • dfa

    We are not doing the right thing.  When you do car racing, the vehicle MUST be in shape, perfectly, sound and able to pass any control. For your sake and the rest.
    And I am talking about a machine…not a living precious animal….and after all, if any of us have a horse who finish some 20 lenghts behind the last one (without a reasonable fact), who will have the unconcious act of conduct to make him race again. I am deeply annoyed for this matter: We own Latency, who raced in the same field with this wonderful horse: STAR PLUS DESERVES A PROPER OWNER LIKE THE ONES HE USED TO HAVE!!! and in order to be leader of our complicated industry it is mandatory to have guts

  • Jan

    Before you sell a horse you don’t want to race anymore just keep or burn his paper.. And add a clos in the bill of sale .. That you can take back the horse if he’s ever seen on any racetrack for any reason

  • Datrack

    I will never again place a wager at Parx or Mountaineer.  How irresponisble!!

    • Mundag

      The problem is that we load racing commissions with non horse people.  They get appointed and don’t have a clue! Look at Kentucky, one of the (or was) best racing states in the country and we put a basketball coaches wife on the commission just to name one of many. Sad what we have done to such a great sport!

      • JC

         That’s not all of it.  And, even “non-horse people” can learn.  It doesn’t seem to me that it matters whether they are “horse” or “non-horse”, if people have no compassion, professionalism, and ethics it’s never going to get any better. 

    • Concerned

      The horse  was  entered for $40,000.    That’s not chum change,  even for  the wealthy  original owner.  

    • Concerned

      The comment  in the chart of his Nov. 28 race at Mountaineer reads,  ” labored throughout.”    The comment in his last race,   Jan. 28 at PARX reads, “slow, awkward start, dull.”    He lost each of these last  2 races by over 40 lengths each.
      It is obvious that this  9  year  old horse is  hurt,  and should not be allowed to race  again.     Hopefully , with the help of Maggi Moss,  a legal remedy can be found to bring this horse the retirement he deserves.  

  • Datrack

    I will never again place a wager at Parx or Mountaineer.  How irresponisble!!

  • 66puppies

    Maybe Friday will be Good News about this horse????

  • Mundag

    The problem is that we load racing commissions with non horse people.  They get appointed and don’t have a clue! Look at Kentucky, one of the (or was) best racing states in the country and we put a basketball coaches wife on the commission just to name one of many. Sad what we have done to such a great sport!

  • Buzz

    AMEN!! The US absolutely needs a National Racing Commission with the power to enforce or censure/fine/revoke…

  • Mary Johnson

    I couldn’t agree more. Racing is a sinister and corrupt industry and the one thing racing does best is to turn a blind eye to the atrocities that occur on a daily basis. Iacovacci and his gal pal are the tip of the iceberg.

  • Concerned

    The horse  was  entered for $40,000.    That’s not chum change,  even for  the wealthy  original owner.

  • Concerned

    The comment  in the chart of his Nov. 28 race at Mountaineer reads,  ” labored throughout.”    The comment in his last race,   Jan. 28 at PARX reads, “slow, awkward start, dull.”    He lost each of these last  2 races by over 40 lengths each.
    It is obvious that this  9  year  old horse is  hurt,  and should not be allowed to race  again.     Hopefully , with the help of Maggi Moss,  a legal remedy can be found to bring this horse the retirement he deserves.

  • Smchapman2

    The day Star Plus broke down at Gulfstream, he should have been placed on the Vet’s List.  It seems impossible that the horse ever had a published workout in the presence of ANY STATE VET, which is the ONLY way Star Plus could have been removed from the GP Vet’s List.  The new “trainer”, Iacovicci, would seem to be in violation of racing a horse on a Vet’s List in ANY jurisdiction. 
    I would further suggest forcing a horse unable to extend himself is Animal Abuse.  Mr. Mack should send a van to recover his horse with a letter from his lawyer.

    • It is my understanding that when a horse does not run close to the given expectations under the conditions of a race if not once but repeatedly. It’s ability and or that of the trainer can be questioned by the Stewards and the horse can be placed on the Stewards lists and can not run until released. IMO this horse and or the trainer fit’s the bill.

      • He has been worked and drug tested for both Pa and Wv and examined by 6 different vets and found to be fine just cant run at he high level anymore

        • Fair enough.  Sorry for not saying, from what I have read this horse fits the bill.

        • D. Scudero

          LIE. This horse has been on the vets list twice including RIGHT NOW at Parx. He was also on the list at Presque Isle. My contact was Jeff Brown. 

        • Rachel

          Then don’t freakin’ run him

    • The horse never broke down and was never on any vets list. He is not for sale that is why he is being run that high waiting for turf season.

      • Brenda Zoppo

        Kelly how do you wake up and look at yourself in the mirror? Using these broke-down horses to collect checks. Just go get a galloping job to earn a living instead of hurting these innocent horses, your a PIECE OF WORK!

  • Smchapman2

    The day Star Plus broke down at Gulfstream, he should have been placed on the Vet’s List.  It seems impossible that the horse ever had a published workout in the presence of ANY STATE VET, which is the ONLY way Star Plus could have been removed from the GP Vet’s List.  The new “trainer”, Iacovicci, would seem to be in violation of racing a horse on a Vet’s List in ANY jurisdiction. 
    I would further suggest forcing a horse unable to extend himself is Animal Abuse.  Mr. Mack should send a van to recover his horse with a letter from his lawyer.

  • Michael Blowen

    Ray, We can work on taking Star Plus at Old Friends if that would be helpful. Great job.

    • Dr. Patty Hogan

      If you do take him Michael, and this horse would need any medical care or medication to make him more comfortable, we would be more than happy to provide it for him. 

    • JC

       I’ll donate to help get him there, and I’d bet others would too.  My e-mail address is, of course, in Mr. Paulick’s system.  Standing by, and thank you for all you do.  I’m also praying that Rapid Redux goes to Old Friends. 

    • J D Raine

      Michael, I sent money to help with Ball Four in a similar situation. If we can get Star Plus to the farm,I’ll contribute for him.
      Just for the fun of it, Mr. Mack should sue these bums for breach of contract. The legal fees might well run them out of the game.

  • Michael Blowen

    Ray, We can work on taking Star Plus at Old Friends if that would be helpful. Great job.

  • RetiredRacehorseTrainer

    I’d file suit against iacovacci and list each track’s racing secretary in the suit. They knowlingly allowed Iacovacci to break a civil contract. Maybe if the tracks have to defend their actions in court, they’ll start thinking about the horses first. Unfortunately, only making them spend money will make them wake up.

  • RetiredRacehorseTrainer

    I’d file suit against iacovacci and list each track’s racing secretary in the suit. They knowlingly allowed Iacovacci to break a civil contract. Maybe if the tracks have to defend their actions in court, they’ll start thinking about the horses first. Unfortunately, only making them spend money will make them wake up.

    • JC

       I agree they should file suit(ie, Mr. Mack and co.).  I wonder, if they can show that the horse was raced again against contract, they can get some sort of emergency “cease-and-desist” re:  his racing until the suit is either settled or heard in court.  Prayers for Star Plus that he ends up in a safe place. 

  • Tryandkeepup

    Upstart, you keep mentioning his pedigree and race record for Star Plus….how come none of the other industry leaders showed any interest in him?  Because  he was just another plodder.  Mr. Mack has owned good horses in the past and he thought enough of Star Plus to purchase him from Argentina and bring him over here to race.  Unfortunately it did not work out for Star Plus here in America. 

    Who in there right mind sells/gives a horse away for $1,000 to a small breeding operation?  You have to know that just like all of the other horses going to slaughter that usually something bad is going to happen.  This is why all of the retirement/rescues can’t take other horses…..there are too many people thinking just like Earle Mack did.  He is gone off my payroll….the bad thing is that he sold him to a person that I shouldn’ t own ANY animals.  But, now that this horse is back in the public eye he is wanting to do the right thing?  

    I do believe that Mr. Mack is trying to do it right now, but it is too late for Star Plus and all the others that have been discarded as soon as they are done.  My husband trains race horses too and we always see people saying “Give it away to a good home.  I can’t afford to pay the per day on a horse that is going nowhere.”  The trainer is compassionate to the horse, but he also needs to keep the owner happy.  Rescues never have room due to horses living on the average 25 years.  If Mr. Mack kept all of his horses, he would be out of the horse business already as I have never seen owners not complain about the vet bills, blacksmith, and feeding something that has no value to them anymore. 

    I appreciate owners like Mr. Mack for being in the business and helping out horse racing, but I still think that he did this horse wrong from the beginning when he got hurt.  He should have gelded him and retired him to a farm just like I did to my 1996 foal.  He ran, earned some money and now he is on my payroll working as a stable pony that still needs to be fed and shod and vetted all at my own cost. 

    Same way with dogs and cats…..neuter, spay and for the so-called cheap stallions, geld them!  We are definitely a throw away society.

  • It is my understanding the Jockey Club’s position when it comes to the seller’s desire restricting the purchaser’s use of the horse as stipulated in the purchase and sales agreement is as follows; It’s Not Our Job. Yes, if a horse is being bought for stallion purposes the new owner must have the JC registration papers if they wish to register his get. But I have never gotten an answer as to why they can’t just issue a different certificate that states for “Breeding Purposes Only” in exchange for the original certificate. I will not to get in to Uniform Commercial Law because I am far from well versed. But I have been involved in enough business transactions over the years both horse and non and paid attorneys to explain why something that makes perfect sense to sensible people isn’t. So, before everyone jumps down the throats of PA race tracks or ANY race track for that matter for not enforcing the sellers purchase agreement perhaps they should “bone up” on Commercial Law. This is far from the first time this sort of thing has happened. It just so happens that Mr. Mack is a high profile owner. Per haps the Paulick Report should call around to the various racing jurisdictions and ask how they would handle the same situation. I would be surprised if it would be handled any differently and would be very interested to know. I am by no means defending anyone’s actions. Just explaining possible reasons. There are many things in life that look simple on face value but in reality turn out to be very complicated.

    Many people who buy and or are given an OTTB to use for pleasure or “sport” would like to have the papers also. Sometimes necessary for a particular use but for the most part it is only for personal “satisfaction” knowing and verifying its heritage. Its “tangible” and the certificate is pretty. But sellers are reluctant for different reasons but mostly for the reasons above. Again, why can’t the Jockey Club just issue a new “Sport Horse” certificate. People would be happy to pay for it.

    The Jockey Club seems to be like the Freemasons. We know of them, we kind of know what they do. But unless you know the secret handshake you will never get any direct answers.

    • Rachel

      They’re LAZY

  • In tears

    Animal crulity at it’s worst. And a big black ball for Pennsylvania racing commission. A prime example why the public is turning their back on racing. The public is not stupid, they don’t like the animal abuse on tracks

    • SR AZ

      The racing industry is looking to gaming & slots to save racing, how about cleaning up their act first?  Then maybe the public will start coming back.  No one wants to see horses in trouble racing and then wondering if the nice man/lady on the backside just bought the horse for a one way trip to Mexico or Canada on an overpacked double decker designed for cattle…..

  • JC

    God bless you.  I’d also LOVE, as here, to work against horse/animal abuse in running animals that are injured, especially as badly as Star Plus.  This is appalling…

  • In tears

    Animal crulity at it’s worst. And a big black ball for Pennsylvania racing commission. A prime example why the public is turning their back on racing. The public is not stupid, they don’t like the animal abuse on tracks

  • Susan

    Well, I know. But Iacovacci was NEVER going to honor that agreement in the first place. I am sure he is running this horse (that he bought for $1,000 by deception) planning on running this poor animal in the hopes he would get that big claiming price for him.

  • Dr. Patty Hogan

    If you do take him Michael, and this horse would need any medical care or medication to make him more comfortable, we would be more than happy to provide it for him.

  • Veckhoff

    Tryandkeepup, you nailed it: Star Plus running is a predictable disaster. But Star Plus not running and breeding was the alternative. Another predictable disaster.    
    A sickeningly high percentage of this year’s foal crop will end up in similar straights. When they stop winning, or they’re injured or they stop producing off spring, they get sold to slaughter. 

    TBs like him end up there weekly, and many come from respected trainers. What do they expect? There’s money to be made. They know it when they buy and when they sell. And they especially know it when the horse goes from an asset to a liability. BUt frankly, if you won’t care for the horse that’s put money in your pocket, what expectation can you have a rescue? Isn’t the fundamental issue here expecting others to lay out what you won’t to keep the horse off the track?

    “If Mr. Mack kept all of his horses, he would be out of the horse business already as I have never seen owners not complain about the vet bills, blacksmith, and feeding something that has no value to them anymore, ” says Tryandkeepup.

    No one wants to be out of the horse business, but it’s incapable of fixing itself. The economics make it so. But no one is willing to admit it. They’re always passing the buck.

  • Noelle

    Yes, of course, but my point was to wonder what Moss means by “everything required.”    She seems to be saying that Mack did everything right to ensure a safe retirement for Star Plus, but if that were true, racing the horse would be impossible.  

  • Gfpowell

    This is sickening! I praise owners like Earl Macke! Maggie Moss, I’m on the same page with you for once. Every comment here is great and exacerbates just how bad things have become for the racehorse. It is disgraceful that the racing commission, stewards, and even the state Vet didn’t protect this horse. What baffles me is all the years that I have been on the track I have seen many horses scratched for much less soundness problems then this so what the heck is going on here? Our industry suffers from partisan politics whereby so and so’s wife/husband:friend gets the jobs, gets the stalls, gets preferential treatment when they don’t know the first thing about the racehorse resulting in issues like these – absolutely disgraceful

  • JC

    That’s not all of it.  And, even “non-horse people” can learn.  It doesn’t seem to me that it matters whether they are “horse” or “non-horse”, if people have no compassion, professionalism, and ethics it’s never going to get any better.

  • JC

    I’ll donate to help get him there, and I’d bet others would too.  My e-mail address is, of course, in Mr. Paulick’s system.  Standing by, and thank you for all you do.  I’m also praying that Rapid Redux goes to Old Friends.

  • JC

    I agree they should file suit(ie, Mr. Mack and co.).  I wonder, if they can show that the horse was raced again against contract, they can get some sort of emergency “cease-and-desist” re:  his racing until the suit is either settled or heard in court.  Prayers for Star Plus that he ends up in a safe place.

  • Mrsp2u

    Thank you Ray, for publishing this story. I am furious on behalf of this horse and racing fans everywhere. Not only does this give racing (another) black eye, but what about the other horses and jockeys put in danger by letting Star Plus run? What a bunch of bums.

  • Mrsp2u

    Thank you Ray, for publishing this story. I am furious on behalf of this horse and racing fans everywhere. Not only does this give racing (another) black eye, but what about the other horses and jockeys put in danger by letting Star Plus run? What a bunch of bums.

  • joe

    I dearly hope that Star Plus will be saved and his plight will force the industry to finally pass reforms to protect all its horses from cruelty. Many infirm horses including ex-multiple graded stakes winners, six-figure earners, ex-broodmares and stallions, grossly mismanaged, spent, underfed and crippled horses are being drugged and raced into the ground from Los Alamitos to Parx, Canterbury Downs to Delta Downs, Les Bois Park to Zia Park and at all hell-holes in between. Still, the TB breeding and racing industry is not as bad as the Quarter Horse industry.

  • joe

    I dearly hope that Star Plus will be saved and his plight will force the industry to finally pass reforms to protect all its horses from cruelty. Many infirm horses including ex-multiple graded stakes winners, six-figure earners, ex-broodmares and stallions, grossly mismanaged, spent, underfed and crippled horses are being drugged and raced into the ground from Los Alamitos to Parx, Canterbury Downs to Delta Downs, Les Bois Park to Zia Park and at all hell-holes in between. Still, the TB breeding and racing industry is not as bad as the Quarter Horse industry.

  • Mary Johnson

    What about putting up a billboard such as the Deputy Broad billboard that was put up close to Mountaineer to tell Star’s story? Shame the industry into doing the right thing for ALL the horses.

  • J D Raine

    Michael, I sent money to help with Ball Four in a similar situation. If we can get Star Plus to the farm,I’ll contribute for him.
    Just for the fun of it, Mr. Mack should sue these bums for breach of contract. The legal fees might well run them out of the game.

  • SR AZ

    The racing industry is looking to gaming & slots to save racing, how about cleaning up their act first?  Then maybe the public will start coming back.  No one wants to see horses in trouble racing and then wondering if the nice man/lady on the backside just bought the horse for a one way trip to Mexico or Canada on an overpacked double decker designed for cattle…..

  • SR AZ

    The huge problem is that by the time this hits the court, the horse will be on a truck to slaughter, getting too hot? They will get rid of the evidence.

  • Winngcolrz

    Perhaps the PA and WV Racing Commissions won’t intervene BUT the stewards and racing secretary have their own discretion and THEY can refuse to accept an entry. Why isn’t anyone breathing down THEIR necks? Obviously with such poor PPs, an obvious disregard of his “trainer’s” ability, and an apparent greed for entries….. what good is a signed document if nobody intends to honor it?????? C’mon people! Wise the heck up!

  • Winngcolrz

    Perhaps the PA and WV Racing Commissions won’t intervene BUT the stewards and racing secretary have their own discretion and THEY can refuse to accept an entry. Why isn’t anyone breathing down THEIR necks? Obviously with such poor PPs, an obvious disregard of his “trainer’s” ability, and an apparent greed for entries….. what good is a signed document if nobody intends to honor it?????? C’mon people! Wise the heck up!

  • Dear Ray,
    I thought you as a journalist were supposed to try and attain the facts of your reports, not just one side or view. We are glad you have concern for the horses Star Plus included. But let me assure you he is in the best of health leg and mind wise. The facts are as follows he was purchased from Darcy Scudero saying she now owned him and he could possibly run in some turf races at a lower track before going to stud. After he was purchased thru a wire transfer she asked for a bill of sale for taxes, whick I sent siged andafter I was done with him he would be put in a proper home. She then returned it with changes I never agreed to, saying he wasnt to race. As the lawyers will tell you, documents cant be changed after signed without both parties ok. They then proceeded to block him from racing b this fact. According to the Jockey Club rules the only way not to have one race again is to fill out a Sold Without Pedigreeform aggreed upon an signed by both parties. When this tactic didnt work they came up with several diffrent stories to the commision on his unsoundness.The pa racing commision investigated thier allegations while scratching the horse.We drove him to Presquile where he was examined before and after he worked, 5 vials of blood were drawn. After all the evidence the horse was cleared to race in PA. By thier own vet reports Scudera provided he has nothing wrong, He showed a 1 out of 5 lameness while turning left unshod on the asphalt. He had a complete workup a Rood an Riddle bone scan and xrays thermography nothing was found. that was July of 2010 and then he was turned out. He has been examined and worked in 3 states for the vets and cleared in every state. He is a turf and synthetic horse, he doesnt like the dirt, we caught 2 sloppy tracks at mnr, so decided to give him a chance on a good surface at Parx which was an Alw optional clm. The race ran 5 seconds faster than any other race of the days. He can not compete on the dirt. He was examined there before and after the race and found to have no problems.We invite you to come bring your vets and experts and examine him yourself. I will be glad to send you copies of the original documents iding their own vet reports. If they had a legal leg to stand on in over 7 months they would have settled this. Star Plus has a loving and caring home with 3 kids that hang all over him feeding him carrots and all the attention he could ever want!! As a footnote do you really think I would jeapordise the mother of my kids life(as she is the jockey for a horse race)
    Thankyou George Iacovacci
    I hope you are fair as I believe and post this

    • g7caligirl

      A lot of hearsay with no proof, unlike the documents provided in the article.  Not to mention your story is pretty hard to believe.  Never seen a horse lose by so much that doesn’t have major problems.  Just don’t buy your story especially with a selling price of only $1,000.

    • Barbara

      Thanks for giving your side of the story here. The truth is always somewhere in the middle. Are you going to continue to race him? Or since breeding season is here is he retired now? And why did you race him on dirt if he can not compete on dirt as you state?

      • Wrong time of year uphere no turf, that is why he has to stay at a high level or he loses his eligability for the turf.

        • Barbara

          Are you going to keep racing him? Seems like it is always the wrong time of year to run a horse where he doesn’t belong?

    • Tinky

      Let’s review:

      “The three times STAR PLUS has been allowed to race for Iacovacci he placed last each time by expanding margins – 20 3/4 lengths, 22 1/2 lengths and on Nov. 28 he lost by 38 lengths at Mountaineer Park, with the chart comment ‘labored throughout.’”

      There is no legitimate excuse for that type of management. Period.

      • JC

         Yeah, “labored throughout” doesn’t help their case. 

    • Let’s forget about the bill of sale and soundness for a moment and just focus on the value of running any horse that gets beaten this badly.  

      What value can you possibly get from running a horse if he is losing by 25+ lengths per start in (4) consecutive starts?  How can this possibly be good for a horse’s confidence and why would he even want to compete in the future if he was in fact a turf horse?  And what condition are you referring to?  I am not aware of any condition that requires you to run multiple times at a 40K level just to keep eligibility for for another condition on the turf.

      Put emotions aside and please answer my questions.  I see no logic whatsoever in the management of this horse.

    • McGov

      Thanks for contributing your side of the story. I’m sure it’s not an easy spot that you’re in. 
      I know nothing more about the situation than what is contained in this article and comments and I’m wondering, why on God’s green earth would you keep a horse in training in this situation?  Where’s the upside?  Will a win on the grass result in this turning profitable for you?
      I would give this a big rethink if even just from a business point of view.

    • Elktonstable

      Hmmmm.  Ms Kelly…..If you are strong enough to survive all this raging invective and brutal criticsm……..  And if you are able to escape the growing lynch mob, picket lines and rotten fruit thrown at you in the paddock with death threats and god knows what else……….. And you get this horse on the turf……….and he wins…like wins big….at like 90-1……I think my computer will explode! The grandstand will cave in. The sun will turn into a red dwarf. And an awful lot of people will swallow their tongues all over the United States of America. You are starting to convince me…..maybe you’re not nuts. Anybody that can stand up to this supremely hostile computer crowd and push back like Joan of Arc must believe that they are right.  He looks good in the pictures. Give him a carrot for me.

  • Dear Ray,
    I thought you as a journalist were supposed to try and attain the facts of your reports, not just one side or view. We are glad you have concern for the horses Star Plus included. But let me assure you he is in the best of health leg and mind wise. The facts are as follows he was purchased from Darcy Scudero saying she now owned him and he could possibly run in some turf races at a lower track before going to stud. After he was purchased thru a wire transfer she asked for a bill of sale for taxes, whick I sent siged andafter I was done with him he would be put in a proper home. She then returned it with changes I never agreed to, saying he wasnt to race. As the lawyers will tell you, documents cant be changed after signed without both parties ok. They then proceeded to block him from racing b this fact. According to the Jockey Club rules the only way not to have one race again is to fill out a Sold Without Pedigreeform aggreed upon an signed by both parties. When this tactic didnt work they came up with several diffrent stories to the commision on his unsoundness.The pa racing commision investigated thier allegations while scratching the horse.We drove him to Presquile where he was examined before and after he worked, 5 vials of blood were drawn. After all the evidence the horse was cleared to race in PA. By thier own vet reports Scudera provided he has nothing wrong, He showed a 1 out of 5 lameness while turning left unshod on the asphalt. He had a complete workup a Rood an Riddle bone scan and xrays thermography nothing was found. that was July of 2010 and then he was turned out. He has been examined and worked in 3 states for the vets and cleared in every state. He is a turf and synthetic horse, he doesnt like the dirt, we caught 2 sloppy tracks at mnr, so decided to give him a chance on a good surface at Parx which was an Alw optional clm. The race ran 5 seconds faster than any other race of the days. He can not compete on the dirt. He was examined there before and after the race and found to have no problems.We invite you to come bring your vets and experts and examine him yourself. I will be glad to send you copies of the original documents iding their own vet reports. If they had a legal leg to stand on in over 7 months they would have settled this. Star Plus has a loving and caring home with 3 kids that hang all over him feeding him carrots and all the attention he could ever want!! As a footnote do you really think I would jeapordise the mother of my kids life(as she is the jockey for a horse race)
    Thankyou George Iacovacci
    I hope you are fair as I believe and post this

  • The horse never broke down and was never on any vets list. He is not for sale that is why he is being run that high waiting for turf season.

  • He has been worked and drug tested for both Pa and Wv and examined by 6 different vets and found to be fine just cant run at he high level anymore

  • Because there was no breach of contract Darcy Scudero changed the paper work after it was signed and we have the original. Maggi Moss being a lawer would have had him back by now if this was the case. In defense of Earl Mack and asss. we never dealt with them and had no idea of what Darcy scudero is telling them.

  • By making this more public, as this article is doing, is a great way to put just a bit more pressure on the racing commission and stewards to do what’s right. It does appear Mr. Mack truly cares about this horse and has attempted to see to it that Star Plus was taken care of.    Hopefully, close attention will be paid to Star Plus’s whereabouts  so he won’t end up heading to slaughter, as SR AZ states.  I too will post/share  this story on fb (which is where i found it initially) so eyes are watching and SHAME on the racing commission and stewards for allowing this to happen.   Oh also- how stupid is Iacovicci for ruining a good thing and not just allowing Star Plus to “rest on his Laurels.” Somebody should see to it that he ends up with an ankle injury himself.  

  • By making this more public, as this article is doing, is a great way to put just a bit more pressure on the racing commission and stewards to do what’s right. It does appear Mr. Mack truly cares about this horse and has attempted to see to it that Star Plus was taken care of.    Hopefully, close attention will be paid to Star Plus’s whereabouts  so he won’t end up heading to slaughter, as SR AZ states.  I too will post/share  this story on fb (which is where i found it initially) so eyes are watching and SHAME on the racing commission and stewards for allowing this to happen.   Oh also- how stupid is Iacovicci for ruining a good thing and not just allowing Star Plus to “rest on his Laurels.” Somebody should see to it that he ends up with an ankle injury himself.

  • But Kelly- as a jockey, wouldn’t you like to know the situation and health of the charge under you when you race?  Don’t you think too at the very least, it’s important to all’s safety is involved?

  • good for you “Concerned” voicing your opinion and letting the Racing Secretary know you were watching and paying attention!

  • Mary.. I would imagine that attorneys would not be involved to fight for the horse you have and articles would NOT have been written about him. There are many MANY horses out there that can be secured for FREE on the backside of most lower end tracks, some that will end up in slaughter as well but here the focus is on one horse that was a ONCE great race horse. That is the ONLY reason we are reading any of this. 

    IF this horse is sound, there is nothing wrong with him racing more. I know a whole lot of horses that would have raced just as poorly as Star Plus did when put against this kind of competition and they are 100% sound and healthy. 

    In the letter that Kelly posted for George Iacovacci… he invited anyone that wants to bring a vet to come on out. Perhaps you should take him up on that offer. Transparency is everything and he is certainly trying to be that. 

  • g7caligirl

    A lot of hearsay with no proof, unlike the documents provided in the article.  Not to mention your story is pretty hard to believe.  Never seen a horse lose by so much that doesn’t have major problems.  Just don’t buy your story especially with a selling price of only $1,000.

  • Anyone can write on something on their own copy of a bill of sale. Anything below the signature should have been initialed. I know a whole lot of horses that would have raced just as poorly as Star Plus did when put against this kind of competition and they are 100% sound and healthy. The fact he is running so bad in these races means nothing. It does not mean that he is injured or has an issue. 
    With that said, sure it would be nice to see him retired at some point but not with threats and bullying. People need to realize that they can’t tell people what to do with their own horses. More are lost this way than helped.

  • Barbara

    Thanks for giving your side of the story here. The truth is always somewhere in the middle. Are you going to continue to race him? Or since breeding season is here is he retired now? And why did you race him on dirt if he can not compete on dirt as you state?

  • I am not an attorney nor do I play one on television but I have stayed in a Motel 6.
    No disrespect to Mr. Mack but he should get himself a new agent. I have sold a lot of horses over the years each one with a bill of sale AND a purchase and sales agreement. If the deal was complicated and or involved a lot of money both documents were either written by my attorney and or myself and reviewed by counsel. IMO, the bill of sale presented, drawn up and signed by Ms Scudero is a joke! IMO I doubt a law suit would hold water even in People’s court let alone a court of law based this document.
    I have paid plenty of money over the years for legal advise on horse business by one of the leading equine law firms in the country. Mike are you out there?
    I wouldn’t sell or give away a dead cat using this document. Lets go over the conditions of sale line by line because they are not number

    I/We ? You got to be kidding me. What about address?

    Sold the horse/s? What no word processor? There could be lots of horses named Star Plus how about adding date of birth, pedigree and JC certificate number? But I guess they sell a lot of horses to one person in WV and paper is expensive.

    To? It’s called the “Purchaser” along with address, and “agent for” if applicable
    I like the WV bred yes or no and raised. Anybody out side of WV, I assume West Virginia knows what this means. And the fact it is not spelled out makes it meaningless but we know where the agent resides.

    The amount of; This would generally be referred to as the Purchase price, if not, “for the amount of””

    The remaining amount of; Well, we are talking WV here. But it ties into the next line,
    “If the horse is to euthanized, the papers are to be returned to the original owner and cuff will be paid”. So, who is or would be the original owner, Mr. Mack, Ms Scudero, the breeder or owner in Argentina? And why would the want the papers for a dead horse? Again we are talking about a WV bill of sale. But I really like the “cuff” will be paid.
    Cuff is another word for “on credit” A term I have never seen in any legal document but explains the “return of papers”. I guess in WV you when you buy a horse on credit and it doesn’t work out just kill it and the debt is forgiven? Or is still owed?

    Generally the seller warrants the title is free and clear, etc..

    I, (the seller?) further state that the above horse is not on any barred list, etc.. Interesting clause, never thought of adding that but then I have never bought any horses from WV and I suppose people must sell barred horse as racing prospects. If the horse was being sold for breeding purposes only this line should have been struck out as N/A and initialed by BOTH seller and purchaser.

    Other conditions; I can only assume that Mr. Mack assumed this was already covered when he transferred the horse to Ms Scudero. In any case this is a pretty small space to cover “other conditions”. I guess there are not a lot in WV.

    Buyer signature; no date after name

    Seller signature: no date after name and as agent for whom? And who got the $1,000?

    Previous trainer; He was trained by someone

    New trainer; n/a? could be construed as such

    Next hand written and here lies the crux; *“This horse is being retired from training permanently” * For this to be legally binding both the seller and the purchaser would need to initial. Date and time also. As anyone who has sold property knows. If done after the fact. Which nether has.

    Shame on both seller’s agent and purchaser for executing such a poorly written document.

     
     

     when he transferred the horse to Ms Scudero. In any case this is a pretty small space to cover “other conditions”. I guess there are not a lot in WV.

    Buyer signature; no date after name

    Seller signature: no date after name and as agent for whom? And who got the $1,000?

    Previous trainer; He was trained by someone

    New trainer; n/a? could be construed as such

    Next hand written and here lies the crux; *“This horse is being retired from training permanently” * For this to be legally binding both the seller and the purchaser would need to initial. Date and time also. As anyone who has sold property knows. If done after the fact. Which nether has.

    Shame on both seller’s agent and purchaser for executing such a poorly written document.

     
     

     

  • I know his health is perfect I take care of him everyday. Have all the vet reports from Rood and Riddle stating he is fine and all the vet exams from the tracks when we work him. I invite you or anyone else who wants to have their vet examine him to

  • Please get your facts straight and dont spread lies as your statement is false

  • Wrong time of year uphere no turf, that is why he has to stay at a high level or he loses his eligability for the turf.

  • I have all the proff and have offered to fax them to mr. Paulick with no resopnse We have nothing to hide no one contacred us for our side

  • both commisions had him work and examined by vets and blood drawn he was cleared by all his pics are on my fb wall. This horse is very well cared for and spoiled lots of personality

  • RayPaulick
  • Barbara

    Are you going to keep racing him? Seems like it is always the wrong time of year to run a horse where he doesn’t belong?

  • Barbara

    While I know a horse that works for a state vet has blood drawn, you do realize that has nothing to do with the conflict at hand over the intention of the seller and you the buyer about whether this horse was sold to stand at stud or to still race, and whether Star Plus has a bad ankle. Which has nothing to do with blood work.

    And I believe your story about the transaction is as valid as the seller’s tale so far. You choosing to race the horse over his head or in a bad spot several times and watching him finish way up the track is not helping your cause, though.

    I do have faith that Ray is going to tell your side.

  • Belfarms

    Personally, I think this paulick doesn’t know what he is talking about and does not get his facts straight before he opens his mouth.  And this Dr patty Hogan, I guess she knows more that all the state vets and the other vets that examined the horse.As for riding a horse that is sore, a jockey would know if the horse was sore, especially since she is also the exercise rider and works every day with the horse.  This ajb does not know what he is talking about either.   He has not seen the bill of sale for the horse so should not open his mouth.These people that sold the horse do not want the horse back all they want to do is cause trouble.  It is funny that most people want to jump on the band waggon  only to push others off.   I doubt that there is one person on this list that knows just what is going on.   It would be real nice if they got their facts straight first.   I haven’t read this paulick’s comments before and now I see why.     

    • Barbara

      Dr. Hogan offered to treat the horse IF he needed any care in a retirement home (if he goes to one), she never claimed that he did need care for sure or that she knew he did. The sellers want the horse back now, but I agree how this all came to be is rather suspect. The bill of sale is a PDF file and linked to the story above, any one can see it and judge for themselves.

    • g7caligirl

       Belfarms = did you read the article or not?   If you did, then you must have missed some portions in addition to not reading some of the posted comments correctly.

  • Belfarms

    Personally, I think this paulick doesn’t know what he is talking about and does not get his facts straight before he opens his mouth.  And this Dr patty Hogan, I guess she knows more that all the state vets and the other vets that examined the horse.As for riding a horse that is sore, a jockey would know if the horse was sore, especially since she is also the exercise rider and works every day with the horse.  This ajb does not know what he is talking about either.   He has not seen the bill of sale for the horse so should not open his mouth.These people that sold the horse do not want the horse back all they want to do is cause trouble.  It is funny that most people want to jump on the band waggon  only to push others off.   I doubt that there is one person on this list that knows just what is going on.   It would be real nice if they got their facts straight first.   I haven’t read this paulick’s comments before and now I see why.

  • Belfarms

    does no one know that in order to retire a horse you need to go thru the Jockey club and file it correctly.   That is the correct way and any decent horseman would know that instead of trying to ruin someones livelyhood.   Do it the right way or find another occupation.

  • Belfarms

    does no one know that in order to retire a horse you need to go thru the Jockey club and file it correctly.   That is the correct way and any decent horseman would know that instead of trying to ruin someones livelyhood.   Do it the right way or find another occupation.

  • Tinky

    Let’s review:

    “The three times STAR PLUS has been allowed to race for Iacovacci he placed last each time by expanding margins – 20 3/4 lengths, 22 1/2 lengths and on Nov. 28 he lost by 38 lengths at Mountaineer Park, with the chart comment ‘labored throughout.’”

    There is no legitimate excuse for that type of management. Period.

  • Barbara

    Dr. Hogan offered to treat the horse IF he needed any care in a retirement home (if he goes to one), she never claimed that he did need care for sure or that she knew he did. The sellers want the horse back now, but I agree how this all came to be is rather suspect. The bill of sale is a PDF file and linked to the story above, any one can see it and judge for themselves.

  • Mmoss98202

    To Mr. Iacovacci, and Mr. Spanabell,
    YOU have to be kidding?  
    This is not about you,  or Mr. Mack, or about me,  its about the continual black eye on racing, and the public perception.   Its about “doing the right thing”,  to promote a sport we are all suppose to love.

    With all due respect,   This horse was retired due to reputable and well known vets doing all the work, and declared him at  best   “paddock sound”.   even if time helped,  you are  not doing the right thing for an animal that has now been beaten  over 123 lengths.

    Your “concept”  that you need to enter him at high levels so he qualifies for “turf” is pure fiction.  If you felt you truly had a turf horse,  you would have simply waited til spring when he could run on turf at any level.

    The fact remains that this horse is struggling and it simply looks awful,   you are concerned only about you, and not the public perception or what is right for this horse.

    when you ran ANNA BANANNA late 2011, 2012,  this mare was beaten a total 42 lengths in her last 3 races-        where is she now?
    CHURCHILLS PALACE in her last two races was beaten a combined 55 lengths and her welfare?
    CLASS MARK     ran dec 23, 2011 and was beaten  42 lengths
    DEHEREWEGOAGAIN       ran 4 times and was beaten a total of 89 lengths
    GONE WYNSUM   ran 3 times between Dec and Jan, 2012 and was beaten 47 lengths
    STALWART SON  In past 10 races has been beaten 143 lengths

    where are all these horses now?  and are they too just turf horses?

    If you love horses so much,  and care so much about racing, and your reputation,  why dont you donate this horse To old friends and let him live the life he so deserves?
    That would be the best thing for racing and the sport.

    your reputations,  wrong or right have a tarnished past,  the information provided about this horse was accurate, correct, and his racing performance clearly solidifies those facts.
    Why dont we all start anew and do whats right for you,  for the sport and most importantly for STAR PLUS.

    • g7caligirl

       Thank you for including the information on some of their other horses and their racing performance.  It is hard enough to keep a good horse in training, let along several that are clearly not good.  And when you read the overall performance of this couple on the track it is a wonder there is enough money made to even feed these animals……Hopefully they will all have a better fate then being used up by this pair.  Like many others have said, doesn’t this sport have a black enough eye.

    • JC

       Um, is it just me, or am I not hearing the answers to Mmoss98202’s questions? 

    • Greg Robertson

       i Maggie, I checked on this trainer, her barely eecks out a 5% win %. So could be the horses are hurt, his owners only send him washed up horses, or could be the guy just can’t or doesn’t train. How many trainers have you known who spend all morning playing cards in the track kitchen? Not saying this guy does as I sure don’t know the guy. But 5% is pretty tough. Greg

  • Mmoss98202

    To Mr. Iacovacci, and Mr. Spanabell,
    YOU have to be kidding?  
    This is not about you,  or Mr. Mack, or about me,  its about the continual black eye on racing, and the public perception.   Its about “doing the right thing”,  to promote a sport we are all suppose to love.

    With all due respect,   This horse was retired due to reputable and well known vets doing all the work, and declared him at  best   “paddock sound”.   even if time helped,  you are  not doing the right thing for an animal that has now been beaten  over 123 lengths.

    Your “concept”  that you need to enter him at high levels so he qualifies for “turf” is pure fiction.  If you felt you truly had a turf horse,  you would have simply waited til spring when he could run on turf at any level.

    The fact remains that this horse is struggling and it simply looks awful,   you are concerned only about you, and not the public perception or what is right for this horse.

    when you ran ANNA BANANNA late 2011, 2012,  this mare was beaten a total 42 lengths in her last 3 races-        where is she now?
    CHURCHILLS PALACE in her last two races was beaten a combined 55 lengths and her welfare?
    CLASS MARK     ran dec 23, 2011 and was beaten  42 lengths
    DEHEREWEGOAGAIN       ran 4 times and was beaten a total of 89 lengths
    GONE WYNSUM   ran 3 times between Dec and Jan, 2012 and was beaten 47 lengths
    STALWART SON  In past 10 races has been beaten 143 lengths

    where are all these horses now?  and are they too just turf horses?

    If you love horses so much,  and care so much about racing, and your reputation,  why dont you donate this horse To old friends and let him live the life he so deserves?
    That would be the best thing for racing and the sport.

    your reputations,  wrong or right have a tarnished past,  the information provided about this horse was accurate, correct, and his racing performance clearly solidifies those facts.
    Why dont we all start anew and do whats right for you,  for the sport and most importantly for STAR PLUS.

  • dh

    As soon as I saw the name Darcy Scudero, I smelled a rat. Didn’t she ride at Charles Town.There is another story here. Did she give them $200 and ten bags of feed as well?

  • I saw his pictures earlier.. he is amazing! 

  • g7caligirl

    Thank you for including the information on some of their other horses and their racing performance.  It is hard enough to keep a good horse in training, let along several that are clearly not good.  And when you read the overall performance of this couple on the track it is a wonder there is enough money made to even feed these animals……Hopefully they will all have a better fate then being used up by this pair.  Like many others have said, doesn’t this sport have a black enough eye.

  • g7caligirl

    Belfarms = did you read the article or not?   If you did, then you must have missed some portions in addition to not reading some of the posted comments correctly.

  • g7caligirl

    Thank you Ray for your willingness of let them offer proof.  However, their race record is abysmal.

  • Barbara

    New owners may be telling the truth about the transaction with Darcy, and the bill of sale dated June 28, 2011 is certainly questionable, but they raced him the first time less than 30 DAYS after purchase in Michigan on July 24, 2011?

    George and Kelly, the horse is clearly not competitive in the spots you are willing to run him in so why not just take the high road here after you present the evidence of vet reports and the bill of sale signed by you without the retirement notation that was added by Darcy? You can tell your side, clear your name, and then do right by the horse, the sport, and yourselves as Ms. Moss notes, and donate the horse to Old Friends? You can be the heroes.

    • D Scudero

      They will NEVER donate this horse.

      • D Scudero

        They NEVER had any intention of giving this horse a “loving forever home, where he could be part of the family and just breed a few mares in the Ohio program”. We sold the Star Plus as a Stallion Prospect ONLY. You will find NO documents w/OUT the racing stipultions WITH my signature. They bought this horse cheap and exploited him. I will be happy to send e-mails with Spanabels intent if you want to give an e-mail address. This isn’t there first con either- look up:  http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=329266

        • It is odd that if he was sold to breed that as early as December they agreed to sell him according to the facebook wall of Gail Hirt on December 4th ..it reads: 

          “I approached the owner to retire him. He was all set to do it until he found out that Maggi was lending me the money to get him so we could complete the deal quickly without hassle. He said something was fishy in the deal since Maggi was involved. This horse had a forever home to retire and would never race again. Now he says he will run the horse for the next couple years and then breed him.”   

        • Barbara

          It is too bad that you didn’t know all this about them before you sold them the horse cheaply to stand at stud for $1,000? Did you ask around about them? On the botched bill of sale that you had the buyer write, sign, and send you after the fact, I believe you when you say you only signed it with the little note at the bottom beneath signatures. But that is not a legal contract because the buyer had already signed it without that note.

          • D Scudero

            Agreed. I already knew Kelly Spanabel from 20 yrs ago when I rode races with her. Her family was always very poor and I felt sorry for her. She didn’t have ‘friends’ at our track. Anyway, I didn’t even know she was married or who Iocovacci was until she asked me to put him on the BOS. She told me she had 9 broomares at her farm in Ohio and would LOVE to have such an old class horse stand for the Ohio Breeders program. I thought I was helping someone down on her luck.

          • Barbara

            A tough lesson learned for many here about a bill of sale and vetting a buyer (they can always fool you, though.) Always worth typing the final version for signatures so that there can be no dispute. But in reality, those types of clauses specifying use are rarely enforceable after you sell a horse. I hope that perhaps cooler heads will prevail in the end and be able to mediate a safe retirement for Star Plus. Thanks for responding Darcy.

          • Rachel

            Who cares if her family was “poor”…

  • Barbara

    New owners may be telling the truth about the transaction with Darcy, and the bill of sale dated June 28, 2011 is certainly questionable, but they raced him the first time less than 30 DAYS after purchase in Michigan on July 24, 2011?

    George and Kelly, the horse is clearly not competitive in the spots you are willing to run him in so why not just take the high road here after you present the evidence of vet reports and the bill of sale signed by you without the retirement notation that was added by Darcy? You can tell your side, clear your name, and then do right by the horse, the sport, and yourselves as Ms. Moss notes, and donate the horse to Old Friends? You can be the heroes.

  • D. Scudero

    LIE. This horse has been on the vets list twice including RIGHT NOW at Parx. He was also on the list at Presque Isle. My contact was Jeff Brown. You know what you did- we went over the BOS VERY CAREFULLY- You had the ONLY copy with my signature on it BEFORE Star Plus left here. Shame on me for trying to ‘help a small breeder with her mares’- such bullshit! I felt sorry for you- people always made fun of you and your family had no money- I have EVERY E-mail and dialogue between us. You are clearly nothing less than deceitful, cunning, unethical, and repulsive. How DARE you do this to this horse!! Exploiting him for your OWN greed. I’ve never seen such injustice as this.

  • D. Scudero

    LIE. This horse has been on the vets list twice including RIGHT NOW at Parx. He was also on the list at Presque Isle. My contact was Jeff Brown.

  • D. Scudero

    You are absolutely right about the BOS. However, botched or not- it is the ONLY BOS with BOTH parties signatures on it. I sat with Kelly on the phone writing the stipulations to her approval. I have e-mails between kelly and myself with her ‘concern’  ‘if he would be sound enough to breed’?? and “has his seamen been tested”, etc… she shows CLEAR intent to breed ONLY. She also answered an ad for a “Stallion Prospect Only”.  There is certainly enough evidence for more than reasonable doubt of these peoples dubious behavior. The horse shouldn’t pay for all of our mistakes… I am trying my best to make it right- and I won’t quit. I actually knew Kelly years ago and felt bad for her- this is what happened when she asked me to let her have such a nice horse for her small band of mares to breed in the Ohio program….no good deed…

  • D Scudero

    This was not Mr Macks mistake- it was mine. However, even with a ‘botched’ BOS anyone can clearly see that there is something wrong here. Starting with the fact that they have no other document with my signature on it other than the one with the stipulations, hand written or not. I have e-mails that show CLEAR intent of Spanabel having ONLY interest in breeding him and ‘understood completely how deserving is was for a nice ex, unsound racehorse to have an easy and respectible retirement. She answered an ad for ‘Stallion Prospect ONLY’ for Gods sake. At the time her biggest concern was “would he be sound enough to mount mares”.

  • D Scudero

    The horse was being sold as a “Stallion Prospect ONLY”. This was someone I KNEW as well. We didn’t think for a MINUTE that all this could or would take place. We saw no reason at the time for ‘holding’ papers on a ‘paid for Stud’ that was to stand on a small farm in Ohio to register for the programs and Breeders awards there.

  • dh

    I think D. Scudero is back tracking faster than some of the horses she used to ride at CT.
    K. Spanabel says that D.Scudero said the horse could win some lower level turf races before being retired to stud. Thats probably the truth, but now with the big stink being made D. Scudero is in CYA mode. What a shame. Sounds like a recent Penn National story.

    • D Scudero

      Love to talk to YOU directly Coward. I have PLENTY of paperwork and e-mails setting up the con that was made here. Back peddle? NEVER. Botched BOS? yes. but do your OWN research Scavenger… obviously another back woods bred ignoramos. Bring on what you like ‘dh,’ I have FACTS to back ME up- how about YOU??

      come on out of the shadow-

      “Reputation is who you are in the light. Character is who you are in the dark”.

      signed,

      DARCY SCUDERO

      • Viper

        Darcy, you need not have to defend yourself on this or any other forum. For those of us that know you & what you stand , your horemanship, & your contributions to the thorobred industry thru out your life know the truth & what you stand for. Dont let these know nothing poster jokers that hide behind a keyboard , that hav’nt a clue rile you up. Most time’s the less you say the better off you are. The truth will come out sooner rather than later & not one of these clowns will come to you with an apology. I know who you are & what you stand for, when we were in NY working together for JK in the 90’s we did it for the love of the horses, knowing we were never gonna get rich but loving every minute of it, do you think these clowns that criticize evrything & evryone on here can say the same ? NOT .. take care Darcy, Star Plus will be coming home soon !!

        • dh

          Viper,
          “never gonna get rich but loving every minute of it”, please. Darcy Scudero is a thousand dollars richer and that horse toils in races over his head. But now, the light is shed (would that be the same light used on your reputation Darcy?) and people start crying they knew nothing of the con. WHAT CON? Darcy Scudero rode at CT where most of the people are just like George and Kelly, people that would sell their mothers if there was five bucks in it for them, so she should have known better. I have also learned in my years that when people quickly resort to name calling and a bring it on attitude they are hiding something or are guilty. She wanted the horse off the payroll, got an easy thousand, former owner gets pisssed, now the backpeddling and CYAing starts, end of story. Live with it.

          • Viper

            dh, cause Darcy rode at CT means nothing. she tried to find Star Plus a new home & K & G responded to an ad. I dont think anyone could’ve seen this coming.  this predicament does not define Darcy , for a thousand dollars , are you kidding me.. i hav’nt seen any back peddling dh, i see her taking this head on as she has been for months now. people are just hearing about this but it has been going on for months & Darci has been defending this & trying to get Star Plus back for months now..  

          • D Scudero

            ohhh yaaawwn.  There is REALLY so much you don’t know- but apparently your not even logical enough to weigh common sense. My reputation is WELL into the light-by choice. What does me riding at CT 23yrs ago have to do with this and trying to help Star Plus? Did I turn you down, or date your ex? You obviously have some vendetta against me. Again, I say do your OWN research you’re only making yourself look more ignorant with every word.. and still, I might ad.. talk the talk but don’t walk the walk… why don’t you enlighten us with a name.. don’t you want to take credit for all of your brilliant discoveries?? … I’m $1k richer? You are a genius! I know how useless it is to try and reason with an IQ such as yours, but I thought I’d give it a whirl… You must be directly related to Kelly… kissing cousins?? .. well, sorry- it’s bedtime for me- have to conquer the world tomorrow and I’m beat. Sleep well.

          • Brenda Zoppo

            DH what does riding  at CT have to do with any of this? Darcy was a jockey, of course she had to ride for low-lifes like Kelly and George, it’s part of the business. But, she didn’t own those horses or sell people those horses. She did her job at the time! This whole thing has to do with a horse being sold as something as being used as something else. I have to agree with Darcy you have a vendetta against her for some reason? The attitude your displaying shows both disregard for horses and racing , so lets not talk about attitudes and name calling shall we!  The horse wasn’t on her feed bill.  DH you need to get it straight, this isn’t a personal vendetta  for Darcy, this is a vendetta for STAR PLUS now. And noone is going to stop until this horse is safe and out of Spanabel’s hands. If your a horseman than start standing up for the horses, and drop the ego bs because Darcy turned you down!!!

        • Finbar Saunders

          Viper, you might want to correct that typo in the second line . Funny it may be but I am sure Darcy is a very nice girl..

      • dh

        well your reputation is in the light now, deal with it.

        • I don’t think Darcy is a bad person at all for selling her horses, breeding them and flipping them (that is what she does for a living) but I do follow all the classifieds for horses and I would imagine that this is not the first horse that she has given away or sold that did not have a racing clause added to the bill of sale.

          http://www.thehorse.com/Horses/View.aspx?adID=683 

          • D Scudero

            Hi Mary. You are right- just as that mare that I gave away (to a GREAT forever home btw :) who would imagine that someone would want to put an old ‘has been’ back in training? I did, however write “NO RACING” on those papers, not realizing at the time, that it isn’t sufficient anymore. So sad Star Plus is paying because we (I) didn’t make SURE by going through the Jockey Club. I will continue to work on this as long as needed. And NEVER trust ANYTHING w/out the proper and EXACT official paperwork again.

    • sadly you are right.. in an industry where there are already so many secrets and so much corruption, it is CYA time when anyone sheds a light on a situation like this. This story itself is what causes a “black eye” to the industry. While I still love horse racing, It is hard not to hate some of the things that go on in the sport.The reality is that it’s not perfect and change is being demanded from the public. 

      This is a typical situation that goes on every single day.. this is nothing special. If this horse had not won the races in which he has and made the money or name for himself that he did, it would just be another day in racing, business as usual. As everyone sits and fights over this horse, just remember how many you are not fighting for. I think it is time that the top owners in this industry that are against horse slaughter stand up and demand changes that will protect these athletes. The top owners are the ones that the industry will listen to… they are the industries bread and butter. They should demand changes be made in a sport in which they participate in instead of trying to save one at a time while MANY others die DAILY!  

      • Mary Johnson

        Mary, you are so right. The story of Star Plus is one that plays out daily at tracks throughout the country. No one remembers horses such as Bionic Brine because they didn’t win the big bucks when they were racing. Bionic didn’t have the crowds following him because he was “insignificant” in the eyes of the racing industry. I saw him on the walker at Beulah and he was a three legged horse. After he was rescued by a small group of horse lovers, I fostered him for three months until he was humanely euthanized at OSU. In my opinion there are two ways to get the industry to change. Hurt them where it hurts the most, in their wallets, or have the “big shots” in racing demand change and then, if change doesn’t come, leave the business. I doubt if either will occur in my lifetime.

    • Brenda Zoppo

      DH Grow some?  Darcy isn’t backtracking about anything. Kelly is lying. If this is true about Turf racing , HELLO then why is she running star on the dirt over the winter on bad tracks instead of waiting for Turf? Face it racetracks are dying, they don’t care what entries they take as long as the card is filled. The stewards and racing commissions need to protect the horses from low lifes like Kelly and George, More and more racetracks and trainers are stepping up to insure horses safety and the end of their racing careers. But, there will always be a few like Kelly, George, stewards at Parx and so one…. who will never realize the horse should be the only thing that matters in the end.

  • dh

    I think D. Scudero is back tracking faster than some of the horses she used to ride at CT.
    K. Spanabel says that D.Scudero said the horse could win some lower level turf races before being retired to stud. Thats probably the truth, but now with the big stink being made D. Scudero is in CYA mode. What a shame. Sounds like a recent Penn National story.

  • D Scudero

    Love to talk to YOU directly Coward. I have PLENTY of paperwork and e-mails setting up the con that was made here. Back peddle? NEVER. Botched BOS? yes. but do your OWN research Scavenger… obviously another back woods bred ignoramos. Bring on what you like ‘dh,’ I have FACTS to back ME up- how about YOU??

    come on out of the shadow-

    “Reputation is who you are in the light. Character is who you are in the dark”.

    signed,

    DARCY SCUDERO

  • D Scudero

    They will NEVER donate this horse.

  • Joy Aten

    You are all talk and none of it is to be believed… I’ve heard your version of the “truth” one too many times. What version of the “truth” would you like to spew in regards to the following horses, Kelly and George?
     
    Whitmark; this gelding you raced could not even lie down because he couldn’t flex his damaged joints. After diagnostics by Dr. John Stick, DVM, Chief of Staff at Michigan State University Large Animal Hospital, his prognosis was a life of pain and increasing debilitation…euthanasia was all that could be done for Whitmark.
     
    Sunder Bay; raced by you with a known bowed tendon, after which the little gelding hobbled 3-legged onto my trailer, all the while you and George exclaimed “He just needs a little time off”. Again, Dr. Stick’s examination and an US revealed 90% of the tendon/connective apparatus were torn from the bone. Sunder Bay was euthanized, ending the suffering he endured.
     
    Winds of Love; this aging gelding was pushed to his limits by you, as well. Racing with screws in an ankle for 4 years, he, too, limped onto my trailer less than 12 hours after his last race. Dr. Stick’s diagnostics revealed severe end-stage arthritis, with a prognosis not compatible with a comfortable life even as a pasture pet. Winds of Love was euthanized. 
     
    Magic Conqueror; after you sold him as sound for 2K to an unsuspecting party, he came up lame within days. A vet’s full examination revealed MC was not sound even for light trail. After your refusal to take the gelding back and refund her money, MC came into the CANTER-Mi program but was subsequently euthanized due to multiple and repeated joint injuries.
     
    Buckflanker; this 4 year old gelding, also just “needing a little time off”, according to you and George, had bilateral knee fractures diagnosed at MSU…he, too, required euthanasia.
     
    Say Yes Dear; starting to sound like a broken record here??…yes, SYD was purchased to end the downward spiral the two of you put him on. Nothing could be done for him to ensure a comfortable life, and he was euthanized.
     
    All of the aforementioned horses you raced right up to the time they were acquired from you. With all of the aforementioned horses, you required us to PURCHASE them…not ONE was donated to CANTER-Mi or to the small group that rescued Say Yes Dear.
     
    And save your breath trying to convince anyone that because Star Plus was NOT on the vet’s list indicates he was sound to race….remember Constant Velocity? He (at MNR) DNF’d in 3 consecutive races, then (at MNR) finished last or near last the 4 races after that, THEN although trained by C. Kieser, George entered him at Pinnacle as trainer, where he was subsequently scratched (after calls by concerned folks to the Mi-ORC). Constant Velocity was NOT on the vet’s list at MNR, yet when Kieser agreed to let our small group acquire CV within days of his scratched race, a full veterinary exam revealed, yes, you guessed it, a lame horse with chronic injuries that could only live life as a pasture ornament. And Say Yes Dear?…he also, acquired within days of racing, was NOT on the vet’s list but was clearly not sound! 
     
    My heart aches for Star Plus and your other horses I see in my virtual stable day after day. How frustrating that the people who care only about the welfare of racing’s horses have to stuff wallets like yours and George’s to ensure a safe landing for the horses so unfortunate to end up in your “care”.
     
    Many fingers can be pointed here and many are to blame for the blatant abuse Star Plus is enduring. But the person who is looking him in the eye each day now carries the bulk of responsibility and should say, “Yes, this horse deserves better”.
     

     
     
     
     
     

  • D Scudero

    They NEVER had any intention of giving this horse a “loving forever home, where he could be part of the family and just breed a few mares in the Ohio program”. We sold the Star Plus as a Stallion Prospect ONLY. You will find NO documents w/OUT the racing stipultions WITH my signature. They bought this horse cheap and exploited him. I will be happy to send e-mails with Spanabels intent if you want to give an e-mail address. This isn’t there first con either- look up:  http://www.chronofhorse.com/fo

  • As much as it sucks and isn’t what people want to hear, laws protect everyone and not just people who are blatantly abusing a horse in hopes of having the previous owner claim him.  So the recourse is to take him to court and otherwise it is all hearsay.  I am 100% on the horse’s side but it doesn’t change the fact that you lost control the moment you signed that bill of sale that had no legal teeth and never could be enforced.

  • See my post above.  I really do respect you responding but the bottom line is your case needs to be made in court and not on the forums and people need to stop pointing fingers at racing commissions.  However, the strength of social networking has proven to be very powerful over the last year so let’s see if the horse is able to get off the vet’s list at PRX now.

    Good luck.  Whether you made a mistake or not doesn’t change the fact that these people are (fill in the blank since it would be filitered by the moderators).

    This is very much like the Westboro Baptist Church but on a smaller scale.  Everyone would love to hang them but the good (and sometimes bad) part about our legal system is everyone has rights.  This just reinforces the need to keep all transactions on a business level regardless of your relationship with an individual and to always have properly documented and legally binding agreements.

  • Let’s forget about the bill of sale and soundness for a moment and just focus on the value of running any horse that gets beaten this badly.  

    What value can you possibly get from running a horse if he is losing by 25+ lengths per start in (4) consecutive starts?  How can this possibly be good for a horse’s confidence and why would he even want to compete in the future if he was in fact a turf horse?  And what condition are you referring to?  I am not aware of any condition that requires you to run multiple times at a 40K level just to keep eligibility for for another condition on the turf.

    Put emotions aside and please answer my questions.  I see no logic whatsoever in the management of this horse.

  • Caroline

    Yes, of course. But they all deserve better… than being long odds charity supported cases, or short odds in crappy situations or close to/butchered to death. Mandatory funding and mandatory vetting of organizations that receive funding and the horses – plus, I’ll concede, continued exposure for the bottom feeders – and then maybe the incentives shift. Hard to help the majority without the mandatory funding part… this case isn’t exactly “unusual”. 

  • Caroline

    Yes, of course. But they all deserve better… than being long odds charity supported cases, or short odds in crappy situations or close to/butchered to death. Mandatory funding and mandatory vetting of organizations that receive funding and the horses – plus, I’ll concede, continued exposure for the bottom feeders – and then maybe the incentives shift. Hard to help the majority without the mandatory funding part… this case isn’t exactly “unusual”.

  • DevorahAikman

    In all honesty, the way a person protects the horse’s best interest in retirement is to retain him and provide for him for the 20 plus years of his life.  How owners can expect to suck the usefulness out of a horse and then discard him for the next one in pursuit of financial gain is beyond me.  The individual who purchased, owns and pays the bills on the animal has the right to decide how the horse is used.  I do not agree with this owner’s choice.  I do want to point out that it is highly arrogant for the original owner to dictate to the current owner how the animal is to be used since he is not the one contributing to the horse’s ongoing support.  If a contract was breached then the court of law is the proper venue to settle that dispute, not the Racing Commissions.

    • Rachel

      If the seller has criteria for the sale and the buyer agrees, then that becomes part of the contract. The buyer doesn’t have to buy if they don’t like the details of the contract.

  • DevorahAikman

    In all honesty, the way a person protects the horse’s best interest in retirement is to retain him and provide for him for the 20 plus years of his life.  How owners can expect to suck the usefulness out of a horse and then discard him for the next one in pursuit of financial gain is beyond me.  The individual who purchased, owns and pays the bills on the animal has the right to decide how the horse is used.  I do not agree with this owner’s choice.  I do want to point out that it is highly arrogant for the original owner to dictate to the current owner how the animal is to be used since he is not the one contributing to the horse’s ongoing support.  If a contract was breached then the court of law is the proper venue to settle that dispute, not the Racing Commissions.

  • JC

    Yeah, “labored throughout” doesn’t help their case.

  • JC

    Um, is it just me, or am I not hearing the answers to Mmoss98202’s questions?

  • Jrg

    you two should be ban forever from everyrace tracks in america, you two are one of the worse people and horsemen and general in horse racing, just go away and get out of horse racing cuz you dont win races anyways and u guys just flat out suck!

  • Gtommila

    PETA could have so much fun with this. And you know what? THEY would probably be effective. Common Sense should prevail here and hasn’t. Racing “commisioners”, Vets complicit wth blacking Racing’s eye. Something is really really wrong!!

    • D Scudero

      It is in PETA’s racing division as we speak. Thank you!

  • Gtommila

    PETA could have so much fun with this. And you know what? THEY would probably be effective. Common Sense should prevail here and hasn’t. Racing “commisioners”, Vets complicit wth blacking Racing’s eye. Something is really really wrong!!

  • RTD

    Here is some facts for ya……you should be barred from being a jockey….you would have enough trouble riding a bike let alone a horse….as far as your old man is considered he should  barred from training immediatley…..he couldnt train a dog to bark let alone get a horse to run……all you people are doing is giving a sport that gets enough bad press an even bigger black eye…Get a life and a concious an do what is right for Star Plus and the rest of your horses…get out of the business and move back into the trailer park you two hillbillies came from!

  • Patricia Agdan

    Where is Star Plus? I can’t afford much, but I’ll be happy to help Michael get this boy to Old Friends. Let me know, Patricia

  • Patricia Agdan

    Where is Star Plus? I can’t afford much, but I’ll be happy to help Michael get this boy to Old Friends. Let me know, Patricia

  • Michiganracingsucks
  • Michiganracingsucks

    Michigan’s finest : http://democrats.energycommerc

  • Michiganracingsucks
    • Mary Johnson

      Yes, it is sickening, but who cares? The racing industry expects people such as myself to pick up the broken bodies when the horses’ racing days are over. By the way, I am a PROUD member of the non-racing public and I am tired of cleaning up the mess made by the racing indsutry.

    • Noelle

      I just looked at the link and the spreadsheet.  You’re right.  It’s tragic.  

      Allie Conrad is such a terrific advocate for the horses – Ray, maybe you might consider having her write a regular feature for the Paulick Report.  Like Good News Friday.  It could focus on one Canter case each week; one rescued horse: its pedigree, its condition and how it came to need rescuing.  It should name names:  who bred it and everyone who owned it along the way to whatever desperate condition the horse ended up in.  

  • Michiganracingsucks

    Open this link and then scroll down to the spreadsheet.  Sickening. http://democrats.energycommerc

  • It is odd that if he was sold to breed that as early as December they agreed to sell him according to the facebook wall of Gail Hirt on December 4th ..it reads: 

    “I approached the owner to retire him. He was all set to do it until he found out that Maggi was lending me the money to get him so we could complete the deal quickly without hassle. He said something was fishy in the deal since Maggi was involved. This horse had a forever home to retire and would never race again. Now he says he will run the horse for the next couple years and then breed him.”

  • Barbara

    It is too bad that you didn’t know all this about them before you sold them the horse cheaply to stand at stud for $1,000? Did you ask around about them? On the botched bill of sale that you had the buyer write, sign, and send you after the fact, I believe you when you say you only signed it with the little note at the bottom beneath signatures. But that is not a legal contract because the buyer had already signed it without that note.

  • johnnyknj

     Right, and what the buyer signed is not a legal contract because it was amended by the seller before their signature was applied. So there is no uncontested contract. Bring on the attorneys….

  • rubnroll

    Right, and what the buyer signed is not a legal contract because it was amended by the seller before their signature was applied. So there is no uncontested contract. Bring on the attorneys….

  • D Scudero

    Agreed. I already knew Kelly Spanabel from 20 yrs ago when I rode races with her. Her family was always very poor and I felt sorry for her. She didn’t have ‘friends’ at our track. Anyway, I didn’t even know she was married or who Iocovacci was until she asked me to put him on the BOS. She told me she had 9 broomares at her farm in Ohio and would LOVE to have such an old class horse stand for the Ohio Breeders program. I thought I was helping someone down on her luck.

  • sadly you are right.. in an industry where there are already so many secrets and so much corruption, it is CYA time when anyone sheds a light on a situation like this. This story itself is what causes a “black eye” to the industry. While I still love horse racing, It is hard not to hate some of the things that go on in the sport.The reality is that it’s not perfect and change is being demanded from the public. 

    This is a typical situation that goes on every single day.. this is nothing special. If this horse had not won the races in which he has and made the money or name for himself that he did, it would just be another day in racing, business as usual. As everyone sits and fights over this horse, just remember how many you are not fighting for. I think it is time that the top owners in this industry that are against horse slaughter stand up and demand changes that will protect these athletes. The top owners are the ones that the industry will listen to… they are the industries bread and butter. They should demand changes be made in a sport in which they participate in instead of trying to save one at a time while MANY others die DAILY!

  • D Scudero

    It is in PETA’s racing division as we speak. Thank you!

  • McGov

    Thanks for contributing your side of the story. I’m sure it’s not an easy spot that you’re in. 
    I know nothing more about the situation than what is contained in this article and comments and I’m wondering, why on God’s green earth would you keep a horse in training in this situation?  Where’s the upside?  Will a win on the grass result in this turning profitable for you?
    I would give this a big rethink if even just from a business point of view.

  • Mary Johnson

    Mary, you are so right. The story of Star Plus is one that plays out daily at tracks throughout the country. No one remembers horses such as Bionic Brine because they didn’t win the big bucks when they were racing. Bionic didn’t have the crowds following him because he was “insignificant” in the eyes of the racing industry. I saw him on the walker at Beulah and he was a three legged horse. After he was rescued by a small group of horse lovers, I fostered him for three months until he was humanely euthanized at OSU. In my opinion there are two ways to get the industry to change. Hurt them where it hurts the most, in their wallets, or have the “big shots” in racing demand change and then, if change doesn’t come, leave the business. I doubt if either will occur in my lifetime.

  • Barbara

    A tough lesson learned for many here about a bill of sale and vetting a buyer (they can always fool you, though.) Always worth typing the final version for signatures so that there can be no dispute. But in reality, those types of clauses specifying use are rarely enforceable after you sell a horse. I hope that perhaps cooler heads will prevail in the end and be able to mediate a safe retirement for Star Plus. Thanks for responding Darcy.

  • Mary Johnson

    Yes, it is sickening, but who cares? The racing industry expects people such as myself to pick up the broken bodies when the horses’ racing days are over. By the way, I am a PROUD member of the non-racing public and I am tired of cleaning up the mess made by the racing indsutry.

  • Mary Johnson

    When I knew Iacovacci and his gal pal, Spanabel, they weren’t married but had a child together. Supposedly, he had another family in Michigan.

  • Noelle

    Reading the back and forth between the various parties – assuming they are who they say they are – and reading many other comments, it seems clear that the basic problem is that racing has no rules governing these transactions.  People sell horses to people who “seem” nice and make promises they have no intention of honoring.  Or maybe the sellers are playing cya after the fact when horse rescuers find the horse in a bad situation.  Who knows what’s true?  When a story like this one is reported, all sorts of claims and counterclaims are made – but it happens because there are no rules. 

    Also, of course, it happens because racing, as a US sport, overall, regards horses as commodities, not creatures.  The Jockey Club, the NTRA, the racing jurisictions, the whole alphabet soup “stakeholders” don’t care what happens to these horses as long as their own piece of the show keeps going.

    They should care.  Look at the sheer numbers of responses to this story, the Florida horses story, the Lefever story, the Paragallo story, the drugs, the slaughter, etc.  All this huge money in racing and all these awful things going on behind the curtain.  People are really disgusted.  

    • JC

       Overly simplistic to the powers-that-be, I’m sure, but it doesn’t seem all that hard: 

      1.  It is true that in racing, thoroughbreds are doing what they’re bred to do. 
      2.  If you breed it or buy it, it is YOURS. 
      3.  As they race, take care of them(and this includes NOT racing them when they are sick or injured); and, if they’re no good at it or when they are done racing, they are not disposable trash. 

      Questions?!! 

      • Rachel

        Not if there are caveats in the sale, verbal or implied, that the buyer concedes to by putting their John Hancock on that BOS…and that’s the UCC.
            ” Under common law, as well as under the Uniform Commercial Code, an agreement may be found in language (i.e. verbal expression), non-verbal behavior, or by implication from other circumstances.”
         “To understand the technical legal meaning of “contract”, it is useful to start with its basic building block, the promise. R.2d Contracts 2 defines promise as “a manifestation of intent to act or refrain from acting in a specified way, so made as to justify a promisee in understanding that a commitment has been made.”

        • Barbara

          Buyer didn’t sign a bill of sale with the last caveat of “to be retired from racing permanently.” That doesn’t even seem to be in dispute any longer. As he explains it in a post here and is evident in BOS, buyer used a West Virgina BOS template, wrote, signed and sent the bill of sale back to Darcy Scudero before she added starred addendum at the bottom and signed it, and sent it back.

          I don’t think there is any doubt the horse legally belongs to current owner as property to do with as he pleases at his point. For that matter, Mr. Mack is an attorney and has a law school after him;-)

          I think the idea is to find a compromise now that allows Mr. Mack to buy back the horse and give him the retirement he claims he wanted for the horse in the first place, before he apparently gave the horse to Darcy Scudero to sell.

          • Barbara

            Mack has a law school NAMED after him, not after him.

          • D Scudero

            Barbara- I never had Star Plus in MY possession. He was being boarded at another farm. Mr Macks manager Aaron Cohen asked me to sell him/find him a home, as I did for other horses that they had retired. I take rescues when I can, but didn’t have room at the time for a ‘stud’. I have, ‘we’ (Macks team) have tried to buy him back for months now to no avail. 

          • Barbara

            I think Star Plus would have been better off as a gelding, it certainly would have opened up re-homing options. And I am not trying to tweak you Darcy, I am genuinely curious on this point – did you tell Kelly that you thought Star Plus could race on turf a few times before you executed the BOS? I know you have all tried to buy him back, and that making this public is the end result so far. Have faith, maybe it will still work out and help educate well intended sellers and buyers in the future.

          • D Scudero

            Star Plus won enough ‘class’ races to make a nice stud for the OHIO program.. but because his pedigree was a little light he wouldn’t have made it here in Ocala. Three days before I offered him for sale as a STALLION PROSPECT ONLY, he was completely vetted at Double Diamond Farm. He was diagnosed as ‘paddock sound only’. The vet stated that he would be sound and comfortable enough to stand at stud the following season. No. I never, in any way stated that it would be ok to race this horse. Quite the contrary, which is what this mess is all about. I signed NOTHING withOUT the stipulations being on it.

          • Barbara

            A horse that is worth only $1,000 in total should not stand at stud in ANY program IMO. But thanks for answering my question about racing. Problem is you didn’t create the bill of sale (or add conditions) BEFORE the buyer signed it. I hope that Mack can get Star Plus back and retire him as he wishes and that any entry for the horse is refused by tracks in the meantime.

  • Noelle

    Reading the back and forth between the various parties – assuming they are who they say they are – and reading many other comments, it seems clear that the basic problem is that racing has no rules governing these transactions.  People sell horses to people who “seem” nice and make promises they have no intention of honoring.  Or maybe the sellers are playing cya after the fact when horse rescuers find the horse in a bad situation.  Who knows what’s true?  When a story like this one is reported, all sorts of claims and counterclaims are made – but it happens because there are no rules. 

    Also, of course, it happens because racing, as a US sport, overall, regards horses as commodities, not creatures.  The Jockey Club, the NTRA, the racing jurisictions, the whole alphabet soup “stakeholders” don’t care what happens to these horses as long as their own piece of the show keeps going.

    They should care.  Look at the sheer numbers of responses to this story, the Florida horses story, the Lefever story, the Paragallo story, the drugs, the slaughter, etc.  All this huge money in racing and all these awful things going on behind the curtain.  People are really disgusted.

  • Mary Johnson

    George and Kelly, can you tell me about Academy Dancer that last raced under your ownership at Mountaineer about 6 years ago? You decided to “donate” him to CANTER-Ohio and, when I picked him up at Beulah, you, Kelly, told me that he had bruised his shoulder in his last race where he finished at the back of the pack. I brought him to my barn where I fostered him for a few days until Nancy from CANTER picked him up. It was later reveled that he was running with a fracture and he was subsequently operated on and, hopefully, was adopted into a loving family. Neither one of you has any regard for these horses that put food on your table. You think you are “horsemen” (I use the term VERY loosely)? I think not because the way you treat your horses is reprehensible, at best.

  • Viper

    Darcy, you need not have to defend yourself on this or any other forum. For those of us that know you & what you stand , your horemanship, & your contributions to the thorobred industry thru out your life know the truth & what you stand for. Dont let these know nothing poster jokers that hide behind a keyboard , that hav’nt a clue rile you up. Most time’s the less you say the better off you are. The truth will come out sooner rather than later & not one of these clowns will come to you with an apology. I know who you are & what you stand for, when we were in NY working together for JK in the 90’s we did it for the love of the horses, knowing we were never gonna get rich but loving every minute of it, do you think these clowns that criticize evrything & evryone on here can say the same ? NOT .. take care Darcy, Star Plus will be coming home soon !!

  • harry buchanan

    Don’t you have any morals. Both of you are what is wrong with racing today. You will have to answer to someone higher than all of us. It won’t be pretty

  • harry buchanan

    If he is okay as you say then why has he been beaten 123 lengths.????????????

  • JC

    Overly simplistic to the powers-that-be, I’m sure, but it doesn’t seem all that hard: 

    1.  It is true that in racing, thoroughbreds are doing what they’re bred to do. 
    2.  If you breed it or buy it, it is YOURS. 
    3.  As they race, take care of them(and this includes NOT racing them when they are sick or injured); and, if they’re no good at it or when they are done racing, they are not disposable trash. 

    Questions?!!

  • Noelle

    I just looked at the link and the spreadsheet.  You’re right.  It’s tragic.  

    Allie Conrad is such a terrific advocate for the horses – Ray, maybe you might consider having her write a regular feature for the Paulick Report.  Like Good News Friday.  It could focus on one Canter case each week; one rescued horse: its pedigree, its condition and how it came to need rescuing.  It should name names:  who bred it and everyone who owned it along the way to whatever desperate condition the horse ended up in.

  • Erick Weiss

    I have to sort of agree.  Instead a war of words, just buy the horse (Mr. Mack).  All principle aside, if your true feelings are/were for the horse, before the first time he ran you should have bought him back.  Any racing manager or horse owner worth his salt would have put the horse on a stable mail account and stopped an entry at any track in NA (again, assuming the horse’s best interests and comfort were their main concern).  I would say at this point, not likely.  I think there is plenty of CYA to go around.  When I sell a horse, I keep the papers myself, no papers, no racing, its that simple, if the party wants the papers for breeding, I write on the back “Not to Race” and my name and phone #.  Giving a horses papers to somebody in the racing industry that makes their living racing or selling horses is tacit approval that it is OK to race no matter what the BOS says.  What Iacovacci and Spanabell are doing is terrible, but IMO Mack is the start of the trouble. Two wrongs don’t make a right.  If Earle Mack had done the right thing and retired him with the horses well being in mind, not one letter would have been typed about Star Plus, because the horse wouldn’t be in these butcher’s hands. I am with a donation to adopt him if necessary.  Or better yet, a vet exam and euthanasia, It sounds like this horse has lived enough of a tortured life.

  • Belfarms

    This is an utterly ridiculous bunch of horse—-.   To begin with if this Mack knew anything about the Jockey Club horse rules then he would have known how to keep a horse from running.  thru the Jockey Club.  This Maggi Moss does not know her head from a hole in the ground either.   She is supposed to be an attorney.  I pity her client.   If it was a fradulent claim and was against the contract, then she should have sued.  but did not because she knew she had no leg to stand on.  The horse was checked out by the owners vet Food Little, and was given a clean bill of health.   He had a thermograph and a MRI and nothing was found.  As for this Cantor corp or whatever it was, they were banned from the tracks because they bought horses, supposedly broke down and sold the blood to Michigan State.   And Anna Bananna.  She finished 6 out of 10 and the favorite in that race busted his back leg  So as pjoor as she was supposed to have done, there were horses behind her.Will post more later.   What a joke!!!!

    • Viper

      belfarms, if you read the article before you start flapping your gums , you would keep your poor misinformed opinions to yourself. 1st Mr. Mack did’nt sell the horse Star Plus, it was sold thru an agent you clown. 2nd. when you speak of Ms. Moss who is a dam good attorney & can probably put your head in that hole you moran.  Please belfarms when you say you will post more later do yourself a favor & the other readers on here a favor & DONT !!! you sound like these butchers best friend. regardless if the couple (george & kelly) did not breach the contract, given the results of Star Plus who in their right minds would continue to run this poor horse in these type of races where he continually gets beat to the ground ? you obviously are a misinformed buffoon with about as much character as the couple you continue to defend…. so shut up already  thank you 

  • Belfarms

    This is an utterly ridiculous bunch of horse—-.   To begin with if this Mack knew anything about the Jockey Club horse rules then he would have known how to keep a horse from running.  thru the Jockey Club.  This Maggi Moss does not know her head from a hole in the ground either.   She is supposed to be an attorney.  I pity her client.   If it was a fradulent claim and was against the contract, then she should have sued.  but did not because she knew she had no leg to stand on.  The horse was checked out by the owners vet Food Little, and was given a clean bill of health.   He had a thermograph and a MRI and nothing was found.  As for this Cantor corp or whatever it was, they were banned from the tracks because they bought horses, supposedly broke down and sold the blood to Michigan State.   And Anna Bananna.  She finished 6 out of 10 and the favorite in that race busted his back leg  So as pjoor as she was supposed to have done, there were horses behind her.Will post more later.   What a joke!!!!

  • Belfarms

    this is really a one sided contraversey.   This paulick won’t take any evidence from kelly like he did this mack.  Also this maggi moss sent an email to kelly that she would pay $3000for the horse and not say anything about it but that the horse had a good home.  If you look at facebook under kelly spanabel, you will see a picture of Star Plus.   Recent one.   Does he look as bad as has been said???  I also know that a group of protesters have decided to go to Charles Town to picket kelly as she is scheduled to ride there.   I think they all should be shot.   Maybe with a cattle probe but something.  And I think this paulick should be with them at the time.

  • Belfarms

    this is really a one sided contraversey.   This paulick won’t take any evidence from kelly like he did this mack.  Also this maggi moss sent an email to kelly that she would pay $3000for the horse and not say anything about it but that the horse had a good home.  If you look at facebook under kelly spanabel, you will see a picture of Star Plus.   Recent one.   Does he look as bad as has been said???  I also know that a group of protesters have decided to go to Charles Town to picket kelly as she is scheduled to ride there.   I think they all should be shot.   Maybe with a cattle probe but something.  And I think this paulick should be with them at the time.

    • Viper

      agian you prove that you dont read anything but continue to run your mouth, I know I read that Mr.Paulick provided the kamikazee pilot with his e mail address for the info to his fax so she could in turn fax her documentation. Ms. Moss is being to generous if in fact what you say is true about the offer to buy Star Plus, but you can bet Ms.Moss would insure a great home for Star Plus.. pictures of Star Plus on FB mean nothing , look at his PP’s you clown, that speaks a thousand words. and to top it off you think protesters should be shot !!! belive it or not many believe the same thing if not worse should be done to the kamikazee & the butcher … & you want Mr Paulick in that line up… i pity you, you fool

    • RayPaulick

      Not sure if you’re related to the current  owner/trainer and jockey of Star Plus, but they have not emailed me to get FAX number. If you’re in touch with them, have them FAX their documentation to 859 224-9592. 

      For you to suggest someone should be shot is reprehensible. Please be advised that IP addresses can be easily traced by law enforcement and you are not anonymous.

  • Viper

    belfarms, if you read the article before you start flapping your gums , you would keep your poor misinformed opinions to yourself. 1st Mr. Mack did’nt sell the horse Star Plus, it was sold thru an agent you clown. 2nd. when you speak of Ms. Moss who is a dam good attorney & can probably put your head in that hole you moran.  Please belfarms when you say you will post more later do yourself a favor & the other readers on here a favor & DONT !!! you sound like these butchers best friend. regardless if the couple (george & kelly) did not breach the contract, given the results of Star Plus who in their right minds would continue to run this poor horse in these type of races where he continually gets beat to the ground ? you obviously are a misinformed buffoon with about as much character as the couple you continue to defend…. so shut up already  thank you

  • Viper

    agian you prove that you dont read anything but continue to run your mouth, I know I read that Mr.Paulick provided the kamikazee pilot with his e mail address for the info to his fax so she could in turn fax her documentation. Ms. Moss is being to generous if in fact what you say is true about the offer to buy Star Plus, but you can bet Ms.Moss would insure a great home for Star Plus.. pictures of Star Plus on FB mean nothing , look at his PP’s you clown, that speaks a thousand words. and to top it off you think protesters should be shot !!! belive it or not many believe the same thing if not worse should be done to the kamikazee & the butcher … & you want Mr Paulick in that line up… i pity you, you fool

  • Not Shocked

    I have to laugh every time that Maggi Moss interjects herself into these situations given the unforgiving, vicious way that she herself plays the claiming game.

  • Not Shocked

    I have to laugh every time that Maggi Moss interjects herself into these situations given the unforgiving, vicious way that she herself plays the claiming game.

  • dh

    Viper,
    “never gonna get rich but loving every minute of it”, please. Darcy Scudero is a thousand dollars richer and that horse toils in races over his head. But now, the light is shed (would that be the same light used on your reputation Darcy?) and people start crying they knew nothing of the con. WHAT CON? Darcy Scudero rode at CT where most of the people are just like George and Kelly, people that would sell their mothers if there was five bucks in it for them, so she should have known better. I have also learned in my years that when people quickly resort to name calling and a bring it on attitude they are hiding something or are guilty. She wanted the horse off the payroll, got an easy thousand, former owner gets pisssed, now the backpeddling and CYAing starts, end of story. Live with it.

  • dh

    well your reputation is in the light now, deal with it.

  • Not Shocked

    Why is it that so many people assume that the horse will be happier if retired and out in a field somewhere ? Many of you hypocrites act as if these people took this horse and sold it to slaughter. Why do so many of you choose to crucify the horses current connections ? What would your reactions be given the same facts but the horse was currently being trained by Assmussen, Amoss, Baffert or another well known name ? Obviously the animal is healthy enough, as he has passed numerous vet inspections. Spare me all the sanctimonious hypocrisy.

    • Viper

      not shocked, i’m not to sure everyone assumes the horse will be happier retired, i believe that the fight is that he was sold as a  stallion prospect, not to run again as he broke down in a previous race. these crazy deals are made more often than not in the thorobred world, & yes when you sell a horse with the understanding that he will never run in a race but be a stallion then he shows up in the entries people get very upset & this is what you get… Assmussen, Amoss,Baffert, or any other well known trainer i’m pretty sure will never show up on any forum with this headache i’m sure 

    • concerned fan

      None of them trains Star Plus.  None of them would send him onto the track if they were training him.  Who are you?  Some nut or some representative of the present, reprehensible owner?

  • Not Shocked

    Why is it that so many people assume that the horse will be happier if retired and out in a field somewhere ? Many of you hypocrites act as if these people took this horse and sold it to slaughter. Why do so many of you choose to crucify the horses current connections ? What would your reactions be given the same facts but the horse was currently being trained by Assmussen, Amoss, Baffert or another well known name ? Obviously the animal is healthy enough, as he has passed numerous vet inspections. Spare me all the sanctimonious hypocrisy.

  • Viper

    dh, cause Darcy rode at CT means nothing. she tried to find Star Plus a new home & K & G responded to an ad. I dont think anyone could’ve seen this coming.  this predicament does not define Darcy , for a thousand dollars , are you kidding me.. i hav’nt seen any back peddling dh, i see her taking this head on as she has been for months now. people are just hearing about this but it has been going on for months & Darci has been defending this & trying to get Star Plus back for months now..

  • Viper

    not shocked, i’m not to sure everyone assumes the horse will be happier retired, i believe that the fight is that he was sold as a  stallion prospect, not to run again as he broke down in a previous race. these crazy deals are made more often than not in the thorobred world, & yes when you sell a horse with the understanding that he will never run in a race but be a stallion then he shows up in the entries people get very upset & this is what you get… Assmussen, Amoss,Baffert, or any other well known trainer i’m pretty sure will never show up on any forum with this headache i’m sure

  • D Scudero

    ohhh yaaawwn.  There is REALLY so much you don’t know- but apparently your not even logical enough to weigh common sense. My reputation is WELL into the light-by choice. What does me riding at CT 23yrs ago have to do with this and trying to help Star Plus? Did I turn you down, or date your ex? You obviously have some vendetta against me. Again, I say do your OWN research you’re only making yourself look more ignorant with every word.. and still, I might ad.. talk the talk but don’t walk the walk… why don’t you enlighten us with a name.. don’t you want to take credit for all of your brilliant discoveries?? … I’m $1k richer? You are a genius! I know how useless it is to try and reason with an IQ such as yours, but I thought I’d give it a whirl… You must be directly related to Kelly… kissing cousins?? .. well, sorry- it’s bedtime for me- have to conquer the world tomorrow and I’m beat. Sleep well.

  • RayPaulick

    Not sure if you’re related to the current  owner/trainer and jockey of Star Plus, but they have not emailed me to get FAX number. If you’re in touch with them, have them FAX their documentation to 859 224-9592. 

    For you to suggest someone should be shot is reprehensible. Please be advised that IP addresses can be easily traced by law enforcement and you are not anonymous.

  • concerned fan

    None of them trains Star Plus.  None of them would send him onto the track if they were training him.  Who are you?  Some nut or some representative of the present, reprehensible owner?

  • Noelle

    Ray, in case you didn’t read my reply to the poster directing us all to look at Michigan racing:
    “Allie Conrad is such a terrific advocate for the horses – Ray, maybe you might consider having her write a regular feature for the Paulick Report.  Like Good News Friday.  It could focus on one Canter case each week; one rescued horse: its pedigree, its condition and how it came to need rescuing.  It should name names:  who bred it and everyone who owned it along the way to whatever desperate condition the horse ended up in.”

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    • OverTheFence

      Although it is a good idea, there are many horses in need and many viewers of Ray’s website from all over the country. Why would we focus on one group I would think it would make a little sense to include all the organizations that are helping the ex-racehorses. 

    • RayPaulick

       Allie is a great advocate and does fantastic work. I have nothing but respect for her. Jen Roytz is contributing a  profile of a different OTTB every week …focusing on different programs and its graduates from around the country. Just started the “OTTB Spotlight” two weeks ago. Hope you like it.

  • Noelle

    Ray, in case you didn’t read my reply to the poster directing us all to look at Michigan racing:
    “Allie Conrad is such a terrific advocate for the horses – Ray, maybe you might consider having her write a regular feature for the Paulick Report.  Like Good News Friday.  It could focus on one Canter case each week; one rescued horse: its pedigree, its condition and how it came to need rescuing.  It should name names:  who bred it and everyone who owned it along the way to whatever desperate condition the horse ended up in.”

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  • OverTheFence

    Although it is a good idea, there are many horses in need and many viewers of Ray’s website from all over the country. Why would we focus on one group I would think it would make a little sense to include all the organizations that are helping the ex-racehorses.

  • Not Shocked

    My feeling is Mr. Mack’s righteous indignation is ridiculous. If he were so concerned about the horses welfare than he should have kept him and paid the board bill for the rest of his life. The man has sufficient means to do so yet made a decision that the horse was a liability to him, an expense he no longer wanted and so the woman in Ocala they empowered to get rid of the horse did exactly that. It’s pretty arrogant to dispose of something than try and dictate what the purchaser does. Obviously, the horse wasn’t permanently injured like they were advised, and perhaps their greatest fear is that the horse will return to run well and make them look foolish. Does that sound absurd ? Perhaps, but to me, what is equally absurd are the self serving statements about how they “wanted” to do the right thing. If that was the case then they probably should have just continued to pay the woman in Ocala or someone like her the $600 or so a month

    • Belmont

      Is there a possibility that Mack wanted the horse to have a safe and useful life after his racing career was done?

    • Greg Robertson

       Have to agree here, Mr Mack cut his losses. Like any owner of several race horses when the stop performing you drop them in for lower tags hoping to get rid of them, or sell them cheap, anything to get off the day rate. It’s noble to be concerned about the horses future only if your the one paying the bills. otherwise if you dump them off for a grand anyone with a brain knows where they will eventually end up.

      • I agree with you completely and what gets me is why is it that no one has addressed that the horse ran under the new owner back in July 2011 for the first time. No one seemed to care until a some people decided in November to try to get him retired and the plan failed. 

         

    • I don’t think it is right to race this horse where he is obviously not competitive. It is cruel and can break his spirit. Especially a horse that has been as successful as Star Plus has been. 
      As far as retirement.. I would love to see him retired when they are finished with him but as you pointed out.. the current owner should decide that. I think Mack’s biggest fear is not that the horse will run well and make them look bad. I think the biggest fear is when horse welfare advocates came to him and questioned who he had given the horse to. It happens all the time. Generally it starts out with the advocate trying to get financial support to get the horse back. The previous owner generally will because they fear looking bad. Bad publicity is a HUGE factor! Imagine is Mack didn’t care right now like he seems to. He would be attacked the same as the current owners now are and accused of not caring about the horse. 

      • Barbara

        Actually “bad publicity” just makes a lot of folks want to tell the do-gooders who don’t know one end of the horse from the other to kiss their ass as often as it embarrasses them into action. More likely Mr. Mack was not involved directly in the original transaction, and now he is involved.

    • Bristling

      Not Shocked is right again. I don’t agree tho the horse should be running, but Mr Mack could have put Star on a farm and paid and then Star would have for sure had a good life.

  • Not Shocked

    My feeling is Mr. Mack’s righteous indignation is ridiculous. If he were so concerned about the horses welfare than he should have kept him and paid the board bill for the rest of his life. The man has sufficient means to do so yet made a decision that the horse was a liability to him, an expense he no longer wanted and so the woman in Ocala they empowered to get rid of the horse did exactly that. It’s pretty arrogant to dispose of something than try and dictate what the purchaser does. Obviously, the horse wasn’t permanently injured like they were advised, and perhaps their greatest fear is that the horse will return to run well and make them look foolish. Does that sound absurd ? Perhaps, but to me, what is equally absurd are the self serving statements about how they “wanted” to do the right thing. If that was the case then they probably should have just continued to pay the woman in Ocala or someone like her the $600 or so a month

  • D Scudero

    I invite ALL to visit Star Plus on Facebook- where you’ll find facts- not ‘heresay’ at SAVE STAR PLUS. Thank you !!

    • Not Shocked

      I don’t see any FACTS on the “Save Star Plus” fan page, just some more hysterical rantings like the ones posted on this site. This horse has absolutely no business being a stallion, and there is no market for him for that purpose. If you were as concerned about his welfare as you now claim to be, then you would have had him gelded and found him a home as a riding horse or a backyard pet.

      • dh

        Not shocked is right on. D. Scudero is no better than K. Spanabel, both at fault. Scroll down and read some of Scuderos rants to my postings and ask yourself is this the best Mr. Mack could do? Ray, be careful who you stick your neck out for.

        • RayPaulick

           Thank you. I am always interested in getting advice from someone who doesn’t have the courage to say who they are.

          • dh

            Ray,
            If the new rules are EVERYBODY has to post their name then I will play by them. I am not afraid for myself to post my name as I am more than capable of whipping anybodys ass, but I keep horses at different farms and tracks and cannot watch out for them 24/7. My suggestion to you was made after reading D. Scuderos rants towards me. I believe now, and I didn’t at first, that there are two sides to every story and that D.Scudero and K. Spanabels stories are not to be trusted. That is all.

          • Elktonstable

            Hmmmm. An interesting proposition. We will promote you and Ray for a Jello ass whippin extravaganza on You Tube!! And we will take wagers on it!! And the proceeds can buy the horse back, retire him and settle this whole matter. Things are getting very primevil and cave like.

          • dh

            If Ray wears his Black Speedo I’ll wear mine!

        • Brenda Zoppo

          DH?  Well I can think of what that abbreviation stands for!! If you are the horseman you say you are and you own all these horses at different farms and tracks, then you have no concern for your horses welfare either. While there are 2 sides to every story, the truth is in the BOS. The one signed by Darcy Scudero, not the blank copy that Spanabel has. I know Darcy personally, and she had good intentions for this horse. Kelly is the one lying. What I find amusing, (not that Star’s situation is ) is the people like you who hide behind a username. GROW SOME BALLS DH! Does anyone really think that if Darcy was n’t telling the truth, that Maggi Moss would even have blinked twice about this case. I for one don’t think if she would have taken the case on if she didn’t see there was a problem with the BOS. As for Darcy’s rantings, she has been fighting with Kelly about this since Star showed up in the entries. It’s now going public because of Mrs. Moss and Ray Paulick. Darcy has been fighting this alone, other than  friends who have called the stewards and racing commisions in numerous jurisdictions expressing their concerns for the safety of Star, the other horses and the riders. Me being one of those concerned parties. Darcy is sick over all of this, because she is now responsible for what happens to Star Plus. I for one would not have been so nice. Kelly Spanabel has always been a scumbag, I rode with her plenty of places and the word scumbag always came to mind.

        • Brenda Zoppo

          DH? I can think of what that abbreviates? Use your real name! Darcy had Star’s best interest at heart .she sold him to her friend Kelly for a stud prospect for their backyard breeding program. You say your a horseman and have horses at different tracks and farms, you are probably not concerned with your horses welfare either, if your standing up for Kelly. Let Star’s performance speak for itself (DISTANCED, AWKWARD, LABORED THROUGHOUT). What part of that screams the horse is not in pain??? In my opinion if Mrs. Moss didn’t see legitimacy in the documents that Darcy Scudero has produced,she would not have taken the case. Has anyone thought of that? Unfortunately the Justice system takes time. Darcy has been fighting this battle alone basically since Star showed up in the entries, other than friends calling the stewards and racing commissions expressing their concerns over Star, the other horses and riders in teh race with him. Me being one of those concerned parties. I would be doing more than ranting, fortunately Darcy has kept to the high road. I know she’s sick about this, she’s responsible for what happens to Star, she is the one who is living with this nightmare, she is the one who has a conscience her , not Kelly. Kelly doesn’t care about this horse or any horse she has ever had. DH do you really think CANTER is lying too about those horses that they picked up from Kelly and George?? The only reason she probably did not run them one more time is she knew they were going down with her, that would be the only reason she would not run them for last place check. I remember asking Darcy about this horse,  I asked if he could still run, “Darcy said no , Star Plus was nerved and only pasture sound”.

          • dh

            Maybe you should change your name to Brenda Typpo, its You’re not Your (among others). I am not defending Kelly, I just know there are a thousand people just like her and George polluting this game and Darcy should have known that too. I also know that you can’t give away a horse nowadays, even a sound one, so I can just imagine Darcys delight when she was offered a thousand bucks for a cripple. Now, the old man is pissed, because the horse is running, the horse he entrusted Darcy to find a good home for, and Darcy is shocked and irate too. C’mon Man! It is also interesting how everyone is now posting on how bad a trainer/person George is, Kelly too, so everyone knows these are bad people except Darcy? Plus Darcy said she has known Kelly, yet she still sold them the horse. I’m not buying the “babe in the woods” routine. Ps I take very good care of my horses and have retired horses at my farm and I make a fraction of what old man Mack is worth, so if he really cared he could do what I do.

          • Brenda Zoppo

            I like the new name better, you are a coward! It doesn’t matter if Darcy knew that Kelly and George were bad trainers, he was not supposed to run, so what did being a bad trainer have to do with breeding mares??? I am quite sure Darcy did not know of all the horses that CANTER posted about when she sold this horse to Kelly. I did’nt and I’m sure a lot of other people didn’t either. What part of Kelly was a friend of hers , do you not get? Of course Darcy wasn’t judging her on training horses before the sale, noone on here has said Kelly and George starve their horses, you are a f moron.

          • Not Shocked

            Maybe you should change your name to Angry Bad Ex Girl Jockey. 

            Just a tip, people are less likely to laugh in your face if you make a substantative contribution and salient point after you make a disparaging comment in your opening sentence.

          • Brenda Zoppo

            I welcome you to come laugh in my face, you don’t have the guts too, you don’t even have the guts to use your real name? You obviously, are not concerned with the welfare of this horse either as DH(FU ). I have no more to say to COWARDlY  P’s OS!!!

          • Not Shocked

            Dear Angry Bad Ex Girl Jockey,

            After reading the ridiculous incoherent rantings of you an your bad ex jockey friend, two things have become crystal clear. First, that Star Plus is better off with his current connections and second, that the general sterotype of jockeys being painfully ignorant imbeciles is furthered by your assertion that it requires guts to laugh in your face. The Paulick Report web site does not require that I use my own name, so why should I ? Because an angry bad ex jockey says I should ?
                                                 The recent photos of Star Plus indicate that the horse is in acceptable health, yet you and your friends act as if he is about to be slaughtered.  Do yourself a favor and stop contributing to the misinformation campaign.  You are only embarassing yourself.   

          • Rachel

            dh, it’s “it’s” not “its.”

            PS It’s George and her, not her and George; not “Darcys delight”, it’s “Darcy’s delight”…among others.
            ;-)

      • Brenda Zoppo

        Well NOT SHOCKED are you afraid to post your name? Actually, he had business being a stallion in an area like Ohio, name the great studs in Ohio that people breed to? Their pedigrees and PP’s are far worse than Star Plus! Darcy had him advertised as a Stallion Prospect, she at the time thought she was doing the right thing, selling him to her friend Kelly Spanabel for a stud for their small backyard breeding operation.

        • Not Shocked

          I was given a choice to post my name, or not, and I chose not.  If your personal view is that my commentary is somehow less credible because I prefer a pseudonym than that is your personal choice.

          That being said, this horse has zero value as a stallion, and if your friend had an ounce of sense she would have realized that, gelded him, and found him a home.  She told her pal that he could still win for a lower level on the turf, and that is obviousy why they took the horse.  As he has trained and raced several times, he is not quite the cripple that you and the other sycophants imagine him to be.

      • Bristling

        I agree and Darcy has been doing a lot of back pedalling.

        • D Scudero

          I will ‘back pedal’ all the way to the truth. Hang in there kids, more troops coming… should make for an interesting ending!

      • equine

        Concerns for Star Plus’ welfare would also include the risk of bleeding to death in gelding an older stallion.  The size of the blood vessels to the testicles increase with age.  Veterinarians experienced in gelding older stallions are cognizant of advising owners of the risk of a fatality.

  • D Scudero

    I invite ALL to visit Star Plus on Facebook- where you’ll find facts- not ‘heresay’ at SAVE STAR PLUS. Thank you !!

  • Not Shocked

    I don’t see any FACTS on the “Save Star Plus” fan page, just some more hysterical rantings like the ones posted on this site. This horse has absolutely no business being a stallion, and there is no market for him for that purpose. If you were as concerned about his welfare as you now claim to be, then you would have had him gelded and found him a home as a riding horse or a backyard pet.

  • Rachel

    Absolutely! It needs an engaged JOCKEY CLUB …it’s the 21st century for cryin’ outloud…a little paperwork…data entry…horse can’t run again, but offspring can be registered & ineligible to run paperwork can be issued.
    It’s laziness on the part of the JC.

  • Rachel

    Lower-level stallions have the least shot at a good life after racing…taking away their papers may be the “bullet”…and gelding an older horse does not always a “gelding make”…
    I wish more stallions were gelded once it’s obvious they’re not the top tier…

  • Rachel

    Then don’t freakin’ run him

  • Rachel

    They’re LAZY

  • Rachel

    Who cares if her family was “poor”…

  • Rachel

    If the seller has criteria for the sale and the buyer agrees, then that becomes part of the contract. The buyer doesn’t have to buy if they don’t like the details of the contract.

  • Rachel

    Not if there are caveats in the sale, verbal or implied, that the buyer concedes to by putting their John Hancock on that BOS…and that’s the UCC.
        ” Under common law, as well as under the Uniform Commercial Code, an agreement may be found in language (i.e. verbal expression), non-verbal behavior, or by implication from other circumstances.”
     “To understand the technical legal meaning of “contract”, it is useful to start with its basic building block, the promise. R.2d Contracts 2 defines promise as “a manifestation of intent to act or refrain from acting in a specified way, so made as to justify a promisee in understanding that a commitment has been made.”

  • Belmont

    Is there a possibility that Mack wanted the horse to have a safe and useful life after his racing career was done?

  • dh

    Not shocked is right on. D. Scudero is no better than K. Spanabel, both at fault. Scroll down and read some of Scuderos rants to my postings and ask yourself is this the best Mr. Mack could do? Ray, be careful who you stick your neck out for.

  • Greg Robertson

    Have to agree here, Mr Mack cut his losses. Like any owner of several race horses when the stop performing you drop them in for lower tags hoping to get rid of them, or sell them cheap, anything to get off the day rate. It’s noble to be concerned about the horses future only if your the one paying the bills. otherwise if you dump them off for a grand anyone with a brain knows where they will eventually end up.

  • Greg Robertson

    i Maggie, I checked on this trainer, her barely eecks out a 5% win %. So could be the horses are hurt, his owners only send him washed up horses, or could be the guy just can’t or doesn’t train. How many trainers have you known who spend all morning playing cards in the track kitchen? Not saying this guy does as I sure don’t know the guy. But 5% is pretty tough. Greg

  • RayPaulick

    Allie is a great advocate and does fantastic work. I have nothing but respect for her. Jen Roytz is contributing a  profile of a different OTTB every week …focusing on different programs and its graduates from around the country. Just started the “OTTB Spotlight” two weeks ago. Hope you like it.

  • Nucky Thompson

    For all you hunch bettors I see there is a horse called Scudero in the 10th race at Gulfstream on Sunday. Any connection ?

    • D Scudero

      connection? yes.

      • Nucky Thompson

        As Oliver Twist said . “I want more”

  • Nucky Thompson

    For any hunch bettors out there I see there is a horse called Scudero in the 10th race at Gulfstream on Sunday. Any connection ?

  • D Scudero

    connection? yes.

  • Barbara

    Buyer didn’t sign a bill of sale with the last caveat of “to be retired from racing permanently.” That doesn’t even seem to be in dispute any longer. As he explains it in a post here and is evident in BOS, buyer used a West Virgina BOS template, wrote, signed and sent the bill of sale back to Darcy Scudero before she added starred addendum at the bottom and signed it, and sent it back.

    I don’t think there is any doubt the horse legally belongs to current owner as property to do with as he pleases at his point. For that matter, Mr. Mack is an attorney and has a law school after him;-)

    I think the idea is to find a compromise now that allows Mr. Mack to buy back the horse and give him the retirement he claims he wanted for the horse in the first place, before he apparently gave the horse to Darcy Scudero to sell.

  • Barbara

    Mack has a law school NAMED after him, not after him.

  • D Scudero

    Barbara- I never had Star Plus in MY possession. He was being boarded at another farm. Mr Macks manager Aaron Cohen asked me to sell him/find him a home, as I did for other horses that they had retired. I take rescues when I can, but didn’t have room at the time for a ‘stud’. I have, ‘we’ (Macks team) have tried to buy him back for months now to no avail.

  • Nucky Thompson

    As Oliver Twist said . “I want more”

  • Barbara

    I think Star Plus would have been better off as a gelding, it certainly would have opened up re-homing options. And I am not trying to tweak you Darcy, I am genuinely curious on this point – did you tell Kelly that you thought Star Plus could race on turf a few times before you executed the BOS? I know you have all tried to buy him back, and that making this public is the end result so far. Have faith, maybe it will still work out and help educate well intended sellers and buyers in the future.

  • I agree with you completely and what gets me is why is it that no one has addressed that the horse ran under the new owner back in July 2011 for the first time. No one seemed to care until a some people decided in November to try to get him retired and the plan failed. 

  • I don’t think it is right to race this horse where he is obviously not competitive. It is cruel and can break his spirit. Especially a horse that has been as successful as Star Plus has been. 
    As far as retirement.. I would love to see him retired when they are finished with him but as you pointed out.. the current owner should decide that. I think Mack’s biggest fear is not that the horse will run well and make them look bad. I think the biggest fear is when horse welfare advocates came to him and questioned who he had given the horse to. It happens all the time. Generally it starts out with the advocate trying to get financial support to get the horse back. The previous owner generally will because they fear looking bad. Bad publicity is a HUGE factor! Imagine is Mack didn’t care right now like he seems to. He would be attacked the same as the current owners now are and accused of not caring about the horse.

  • RayPaulick

    Thank you. I am always interested in getting advice from someone who doesn’t have the courage to say who they are.

  • Nancy

    It is clear to me that Spanabel and Iacovacci are cruel and opportunistic. There will always be people like them, and while I agree with Joy Aten that they are mainly responsible for the pain and suffering of their horses, I am equally disgusted with the racing commissions, stewards, vets and Parx Racing who have not acted after receiving written complaints. And the chick from PA racing commission who consulted the lawyers in lieu of the stewards? What if someone had been killed (other than the poor horse) in a race caused by that horse breaking down? Wouldn’t that be like, manslaughter, or negligent homicide? Clearly I’m not a lawyer, but when a person ignores a credible warning (In Writing!) about a condition that could result in a fatal injury, isn’t that criminal?

    Even if the people of the PA Racing Commission, the VA Racing Commision and Parx Racing do not care for the welfare of the horses and jockeys (and exercise riders!) who give them their living, they should at least care for the bad press. Let’s see what happens.

  • D Scudero

    Star Plus won enough ‘class’ races to make a nice stud for the OHIO program.. but because his pedigree was a little light he wouldn’t have made it here in Ocala. Three days before I offered him for sale as a STALLION PROSPECT ONLY, he was completely vetted at Double Diamond Farm. He was diagnosed as ‘paddock sound only’. The vet stated that he would be sound and comfortable enough to stand at stud the following season. No. I never, in any way stated that it would be ok to race this horse. Quite the contrary, which is what this mess is all about. I signed NOTHING withOUT the stipulations being on it.

  • Brenda Zoppo

    Kelly there was a breach of a implied-in-fact contract.  You knew the horse was being sold as stud-prospect never to race again, she had him listed on FB for that purpose only. The parol evidence rule should apply once this case goes before a judge. That BOS was not valid until Darcy signed it, you say you have the original BOS. Is her signature on it??? No, it isn’t. The bottom line is , your hurting this horse, the comments on PP’s continue to prove the horse is laboring. Why can’t you do the right thing. God , I’d love to be in the Jocks room again with you, just one night!

  • dh

    Ray,
    If the new rules are EVERYBODY has to post their name then I will play by them. I am not afraid for myself to post my name as I am more than capable of whipping anybodys ass, but I keep horses at different farms and tracks and cannot watch out for them 24/7. My suggestion to you was made after reading D. Scuderos rants towards me. I believe now, and I didn’t at first, that there are two sides to every story and that D.Scudero and K. Spanabels stories are not to be trusted. That is all.

  • I don’t think Darcy is a bad person at all for selling her horses, breeding them and flipping them (that is what she does for a living) but I do follow all the classifieds for horses and I would imagine that this is not the first horse that she has given away or sold that did not have a racing clause added to the bill of sale.

    http://www.thehorse.com/Horses

  • Elktonstable

    Come on Mary, that’s a little harsh and its the kind of comment that I find irrisistable when it comes to responding. It is very unreasonable and totally innaccurate to generalize so negatively about racing. There are bad apples present in every sport or enterprise. Your claims are so scathing I wonder what traumatic childhood experience you had to damage you so. When you write things like this are you hunched over a boiling cauldron, spitting bitterness and bile while you stir the eye of newt? Maybe one too many martinis and you want to clear out the bar?  I can’t disagree with your comments on the dynamic duo in your last sentence, but do you think you can cut the rest of us a little slack….I like my horses.

  • Brenda Zoppo

    Well NOT SHOCKED are you afraid to post your name? Actually, he had business being a stallion in an area like Ohio, name the great studs in Ohio that people breed to? Their pedigrees and PP’s are far worse than Star Plus! Darcy had him advertised as a Stallion Prospect, she at the time thought she was doing the right thing, selling him to her friend Kelly Spanabel for a stud for their small backyard breeding operation.

  • D Scudero

    Hi Mary. You are right- just as that mare that I gave away (to a GREAT forever home btw :) who would imagine that someone would want to put an old ‘has been’ back in training? I did, however write “NO RACING” on those papers, not realizing at the time, that it isn’t sufficient anymore. So sad Star Plus is paying because we (I) didn’t make SURE by going through the Jockey Club. I will continue to work on this as long as needed. And NEVER trust ANYTHING w/out the proper and EXACT official paperwork again.

  • Elktonstable

    Hey Bristling! Are you part of the same coven as Mary? The poor performance suggestion isn’t bad, but I don’t think it would survive a court challenge and thats what you need to consider when taking some sort of action against people with poor judgement. This is not a reflection on racing or the commission, it is the law. I am certain the PA Racing Commission would like to do a lot of things to stop incidents like the one we are responding to, but their hands are tied by the law. If they step over the boundary in an emotional fervor it may have really negative repercussions and unintended results.  The PA Commission, although far from perfect and they react in some ways I find difficult to defend, are trying to improve on many fronts. It does help to prod and humiliate them once in a while just to sharpen them and other racing commissons up.

  • Elktonstable

    Hmmmm. An interesting proposition. We will promote you and Ray for a Jello ass whippin extravaganza on You Tube!! And we will take wagers on it!! And the proceeds can buy the horse back, retire him and settle this whole matter. Things are getting very primevil and cave like.

  • Barbara

    Actually “bad publicity” just makes a lot of folks want to tell the do-gooders who don’t know one end of the horse from the other to kiss their ass as often as it embarrasses them into action. More likely Mr. Mack was not involved directly in the original transaction, and now he is involved.

  • Brenda Zoppo

    DH? I can think of what that abbreviates? Use your real name! Darcy had Star’s best interest at heart .she sold him to her friend Kelly for a stud prospect for their backyard breeding program. You say your a horseman and have horses at different tracks and farms, you are probably not concerned with your horses welfare either, if your standing up for Kelly. Let Star’s performance speak for itself (DISTANCED, AWKWARD, LABORED THROUGHOUT). What part of that screams the horse is not in pain??? In my opinion if Mrs. Moss didn’t see legitimacy in the documents that Darcy Scudero has produced,she would not have taken the case. Has anyone thought of that? Unfortunately the Justice system takes time. Darcy has been fighting this battle alone basically since Star showed up in the entries, other than friends calling the stewards and racing commissions expressing their concerns over Star, the other horses and riders in teh race with him. Me being one of those concerned parties. I would be doing more than ranting, fortunately Darcy has kept to the high road. I know she’s sick about this, she’s responsible for what happens to Star, she is the one who is living with this nightmare, she is the one who has a conscience her , not Kelly. Kelly doesn’t care about this horse or any horse she has ever had. DH do you really think CANTER is lying too about those horses that they picked up from Kelly and George?? The only reason she probably did not run them one more time is she knew they were going down with her, that would be the only reason she would not run them for last place check. I remember asking Darcy about this horse,  I asked if he could still run, “Darcy said no , Star Plus was nerved and only pasture sound”.

  • Barbara

    A horse that is worth only $1,000 in total should not stand at stud in ANY program IMO. But thanks for answering my question about racing. Problem is you didn’t create the bill of sale (or add conditions) BEFORE the buyer signed it. I hope that Mack can get Star Plus back and retire him as he wishes and that any entry for the horse is refused by tracks in the meantime.

  • Brenda Zoppo

    DH Grow some?  Darcy isn’t backtracking about anything. Kelly is lying. If this is true about Turf racing , HELLO then why is she running star on the dirt over the winter on bad tracks instead of waiting for Turf? Face it racetracks are dying, they don’t care what entries they take as long as the card is filled. The stewards and racing commissions need to protect the horses from low lifes like Kelly and George, More and more racetracks and trainers are stepping up to insure horses safety and the end of their racing careers. But, there will always be a few like Kelly, George, stewards at Parx and so one…. who will never realize the horse should be the only thing that matters in the end.

  • Elktonstable

    Hmmmm.  Ms Kelly…..If you are strong enough to survive all this raging invective and brutal criticsm……..  And if you are able to escape the growing lynch mob, picket lines and rotten fruit thrown at you in the paddock with death threats and god knows what else……….. And you get this horse on the turf……….and he wins…like wins big….at like 90-1……I think my computer will explode! The grandstand will cave in. The sun will turn into a red dwarf. And an awful lot of people will swallow their tongues all over the United States of America. You are starting to convince me…..maybe you’re not nuts. Anybody that can stand up to this supremely hostile computer crowd and push back like Joan of Arc must believe that they are right.  He looks good in the pictures. Give him a carrot for me.

  • Not Shocked

    I was given a choice to post my name, or not, and I chose not.  If your personal view is that my commentary is somehow less credible because I prefer a pseudonym than that is your personal choice.

    That being said, this horse has zero value as a stallion, and if your friend had an ounce of sense she would have realized that, gelded him, and found him a home.  She told her pal that he could still win for a lower level on the turf, and that is obviousy why they took the horse.  As he has trained and raced several times, he is not quite the cripple that you and the other sycophants imagine him to be.

  • Brenda Zoppo

    Kelly how do you wake up and look at yourself in the mirror? Using these broke-down horses to collect checks. Just go get a galloping job to earn a living instead of hurting these innocent horses, your a PIECE OF WORK!

  • dh

    Maybe you should change your name to Brenda Typpo, its You’re not Your (among others). I am not defending Kelly, I just know there are a thousand people just like her and George polluting this game and Darcy should have known that too. I also know that you can’t give away a horse nowadays, even a sound one, so I can just imagine Darcys delight when she was offered a thousand bucks for a cripple. Now, the old man is pissed, because the horse is running, the horse he entrusted Darcy to find a good home for, and Darcy is shocked and irate too. C’mon Man! It is also interesting how everyone is now posting on how bad a trainer/person George is, Kelly too, so everyone knows these are bad people except Darcy? Plus Darcy said she has known Kelly, yet she still sold them the horse. I’m not buying the “babe in the woods” routine. Ps I take very good care of my horses and have retired horses at my farm and I make a fraction of what old man Mack is worth, so if he really cared he could do what I do. Pss my new initials, just for you, FU.

  • Brenda Zoppo

    DH what does riding  at CT have to do with any of this? Darcy was a jockey, of course she had to ride for low-lifes like Kelly and George, it’s part of the business. But, she didn’t own those horses or sell people those horses. She did her job at the time! This whole thing has to do with a horse being sold as something as being used as something else. I have to agree with Darcy you have a vendetta against her for some reason? The attitude your displaying shows both disregard for horses and racing , so lets not talk about attitudes and name calling shall we!  The horse wasn’t on her feed bill.  DH you need to get it straight, this isn’t a personal vendetta  for Darcy, this is a vendetta for STAR PLUS now. And noone is going to stop until this horse is safe and out of Spanabel’s hands. If your a horseman than start standing up for the horses, and drop the ego bs because Darcy turned you down!!!

  • Nucky Thompson

    I have been in  exactly the same situation as Mr Mack . Only difference is  that I paid up and claimed the horse back and  I dont have one hundredth of  the resources that Mr Mack has. This situation happens all the time . To me it will hopefully only happen once (as George  W said “wont get fooled again”). Have my filly back now and she is really enjoying being pampered again.

  • Nucky Thompson

    I have been in  exactly the same situation as Mr Mack . Only difference is  that I paid up and claimed the horse back and  I dont have a tenth of  the resources that Mr Mack has. This situation happens all the time . To me it will hopefully only happen once (as George  W said “wont get fooled again”). Have my filly back now and she is really enjoying being pampered again.

  • Kanu

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    Nwankwo Kanu

  • Finbar Saunders

    Viper, you might want to correct that typo in the second line . Funny it may be but I am sure Darcy is a very nice girl..

  • Brenda Zoppo

    I like the new name better FU, you are a coward! It doesn’t matter if Darcy knew that Kelly and George were bad trainers, he was not supposed to run, so what did being a bad trainer have to do with breeding mares??? I am quite sure Darcy did not know of all the horses that CANTER posted about when she sold this horse to Kelly. I did’nt and I’m sure a lot of other people didn’t either. What part of Kelly was a friend of hers , do you not get? Of course Darcy wasn’t judging her on training horses before the sale, noone on here has said Kelly and George starve their horses, you are a f moron.

  • equine

    Agreed, not only regional sire programs but most all sporthorse (warmblood)  breeding registries require parentage verification via foal papers for mares as well.

  • dh

    Kanu dig it? I knew that you could.

  • Not Shocked

    Maybe you should change your name to Angry Bad Ex Girl Jockey. 

    Just a tip, people are less likely to laugh in your face if you make a substantative contribution and salient point after you make a disparaging comment in your opening sentence.

  • Stevieray

    i think this kind of story happens far more than we think.  i think documentation plays a big part of the problem with the passing along of foal papers to each new owner. i feel the Jockey Club should issue a new set of foal(registration papers) when an owner retires a horse from racing. for a small fee the owners can send there original papers into the JC and be reissued retirement papers(maybe red in color) with “retired” stamped on them.  owners can then feel secure in passing the papers along to new owners knowing the horse is protected by paper and database. *****another option… if horse being retired to paddock write “RETIRED” in large letters with marker across foal papers, photocopy for new owners if needed and keep original.  contact JC and have horse deemed retired. 

    • equine

      Agree, having the foal papers reissued with the words “Permanently Retired From Racing” in a prominent area and displayed in databases would protect the majority of TBs from racing again. 

      An additional request both on the papers and in databases would be a designation where an owner could check “This horse is not to be slaughtered.”   Both options would provide a needed service to owners of horses at risk by raising a red flag which could not be misinterpreted.

  • Stevieray

    i think this kind of story happens far more than we think.  i think documentation plays a big part of the problem with the passing along of foal papers to each new owner. i feel the Jockey Club should issue a new set of foal(registration papers) when an owner retires a horse from racing. for a small fee the owners can send there original papers into the JC and be reissued retirement papers(maybe red in color) with “retired” stamped on them.  owners can then feel secure in passing the papers along to new owners knowing the horse is protected by paper and database. *****another option… if horse being retired to paddock write “RETIRED” in large letters with marker across foal papers, photocopy for new owners if needed and keep original.  contact JC and have horse deemed retired.

  • equine

    Glenn, could you please post a link to the procedure on the JC site?  Responsible owners have been asking the JC for decades  for a way to permanently retire a horse from racing without further devaluing the horse by selling it without pedigree.  Aside from breeding, many in our industry view pedigree and foal papers as worthless once a horse is retired. Yet, simple possession of those papers and the presence of a famous horse like Secretariat, Northern Dancer, Seattle Slew, or even as far back as Gallant Man in the 4th and 5th generations add a huge amount of perceived value to those non racing/breeding owners.  In general, this translates to a  higher level of care for horses with papers far and above their market value.

  • Brenda Zoppo

    I welcome you to come laugh in my face, you don’t have the guts too, you don’t even have the guts to use your real name? You obviously, are not concerned with the welfare of this horse either as DH(FU ). I have no more to say to COWARDlY  P’s OS!!!

  • Not Shocked

    Dear Angry Bad Ex Girl Jockey,

    After reading the ridiculous incoherent rantings of you an your bad ex jockey friend, two things have become crystal clear. First, that Star Plus is better off with his current connections and second, that the general sterotype of jockeys being painfully ignorant imbeciles is furthered by your assertion that it requires guts to laugh in your face. The Paulick Report web site does not require that I use my own name, so why should I ? Because an angry bad ex jockey says I should ?
                                         The recent photos of Star Plus indicate that the horse is in acceptable health, yet you and your friends act as if he is about to be slaughtered.  Do yourself a favor and stop contributing to the misinformation campaign.  You are only embarassing yourself.

  • dh

    Ray,
    its interesting that of the “6 likes”, 4 are from guests, and 2 are from G7caligirl and LongTimeEcononmist (would that name be of Arab heritage?). No real names. Huh. Anyway,  I hope you are reading some of Brenda Zoppos (Typpo) rants and maybe it has clicked in your head why I wouldn’t give my name on your site. The race track is full of people that would have no problem pitchforking a horse or turning it loose on to a road if there was a few bucks in it for them. Try explaining that to an owner, “well you see, I put my name on the PR and I’m really sorry about your horse”. If you do not understand this or appreciate what I’m saying then I don’t know what to say. I like the PR because it gives us “experts” a chance to give our two cents worth. I just like to give mine without having to worry about my horses.

    • Not Shocked

      Exactly.  It’s bad enough having to deal with psychos like these ex jockeys around the racetrack, who wants to be stalked by them across the internet too ?

  • dh

    Ray,
    its interesting that of the “6 likes”, 4 are from guests, and 2 are from G7caligirl and LongTimeEcononmist (would that name be of Arab heritage?). No real names. Huh. Anyway,  I hope you are reading some of Brenda Zoppos (Typpo) rants and maybe it has clicked in your head why I wouldn’t give my name on your site. The race track is full of people that would have no problem pitchforking a horse or turning it loose on to a road if there was a few bucks in it for them. Try explaining that to an owner, “well you see, I put my name on the PR and I’m really sorry about your horse”. If you do not understand this or appreciate what I’m saying then I don’t know what to say. I like the PR because it gives us “experts” a chance to give our two cents worth. I just like to give mine without having to worry about my horses.

  • dh

    If Ray wears his Black Speedo I’ll wear mine!

  • Not Shocked

    Exactly.  It’s bad enough having to deal with psychos like these ex jockeys around the racetrack, who wants to be stalked by them across the internet too ?

  • equine

    Agree, having the foal papers reissued with the words “Permanently Retired From Racing” in a prominent area and displayed in databases would protect the majority of TBs from racing again. 

    An additional request both on the papers and in databases would be a designation where an owner could check “This horse is not to be slaughtered.”   Both options would provide a needed service to owners of horses at risk by raising a red flag which could not be misinterpreted.

  • Bristling

    I agree and Darcy has been doing a lot of back pedalling.

  • Bristling

    Not Shocked is right again. I don’t agree tho the horse should be running, but Mr Mack could have put Star on a farm and paid and then Star would have for sure had a good life.

  • equine

    Erick, I truly hope that one of your horses doesn’t have a future owner who simply files an affidavit with the JC and pays the fee to replace “lost” foal papers.  I am not an attorney but even if Mr. Mack had an exemplary BOS to protect Star Plus, it would be legally unenforceable if the original purchaser resells a horse for even $1.  Contract law applies only to the parties to the original contract (except in cases of liens), not subsequent purchasers or buyers.

    In the interest of protecting the integrity of racing and according to their rules, the JC has revoked the privileges of individuals involved in cruelty, neglect and abuse of horses.  It is fully within their scope to further protect the integrity of racing by offering an irrevocable,  permanently ineligible to race designation and a sample bill of sale stating same. 

    It is unrealistic to expect that every owner could/should hire a lawyer to create a bill of sale covering every conceivable scheme that an unethical, immoral, or criminal purchaser or adopter might come up with and then hope they haven’t made a mistake which prevents them recourse while the horse suffers.  With the introduction of electronic foal papers at racing offices, a project such as this could begin almost immediately with the online databases available in racing offices. 

     

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    Concerns for Star Plus’ welfare would also include the risk of bleeding to death in gelding an older stallion.  The size of the blood vessels to the testicles increase with age.  Veterinarians experienced in gelding older stallions are cognizant of advising owners of the risk of a fatality.

  • D Scudero

    I will ‘back pedal’ all the way to the truth. Hang in there kids, more troops coming… should make for an interesting ending!

  • Yeebay19
  • Yeebay19
  • Diane Rebecca Borger

     Star Plus is now on the PA
    stewards list for poor performance, and is also on the Charles Town and
    MD racing secretary list, flagged as “do not accept entry.” Of course
    there are still other places he could go. According to my friend, a vet
    who gave me this info, the trainer seems to think he has a turf horse,
    though he keeps running him on the dirt…Keep your eyes open!

  • Diane Rebecca Borger

    At last report, the head steward in Charles Town asked the state vets to not watch the horse work out…so W.Va and PA are trying to stop him from running….if other tracks follow suit, as they should, we have a chance to save the horse from this ‘trainer’.
     

  • Roberto Bongiovanni

    ¡Pobre Star Plus! Este gran caballo no merece ese trato.

    Un ejemplo más de la mezquindad de los hombres.

  • Mary Johnson

    You don’t know anything about me yet you say I’ve had too many martinis? I have NEVER had a martini in my life, big guy, and I have NEVER sat hunched over a boiling cauldron. Perhaps you are confusing me with you gulping down too many alchoholic beverages when you are hunched over the bar in your favorite tavern or perhaps you are confusing me with you colleagues in the racing industry! How many TB’s go to slaughter every year and how many experience breakdowns on the track? Perhaps you need to read up on what REALLY goes on behind closed doors!! Talk to your pals at Mountaineer. That track allows the middleman kill buyer to continue to race in spite of the fact that Mtn has a “no horse to slaughter” policy. I wasn’t traumatized as a child but I am traumatized daily by helping to save these athletes when their racing days are over. Currently, I am donating to “save” a 15 year old TB mare that is with the kill buyer in Canada. Her former connections weren’t interested in helping her get to safety, so, as a PROUD member of the non-racing public, I stepped up to help. I have no doubt that you “like” your horses. However, what are you doing to hold YOUR industry accountable for the atrocities that occur on a daily basis? I suspect your answer will be “nothing”. Even someone with minimal intelligence knows that the racing industry is in big trouble and I continue to applaud it’s precipitous decline. If racing ever decides to clean up it’s act, I may consider changing my stance. Now will YOU please get back to your cauldron?

  • Not Shocked

    Workout Report

    Star Plus
    02/28/12 Mountaineer
    4f :51.20 B

    Mountaineer clockers report that Star Plus was sharp as can be, galloping out 5F in 1:02 3/5 and 6 furlongs in 1:16.  When asked, his trainer was extremely pleased, stating, “That was exactly what we were looking for, and he is spot on for his next start.”

  • Not Shocked

    Workout Report

    Star Plus
    02/28/12 Mountaineer
    4f :51.20 B

    Mountaineer clockers report that Star Plus was sharp as can be, galloping out 5F in 1:02 3/5 and 6 furlongs in 1:16.  When asked, his trainer was extremely pleased, stating, “That was exactly what we were looking for, and he is spot on for his next start.”

  • Jjochs

    Scum, scum, scum. EVERYONE in the US involved here is responsible for this absolutely abhorrent state of affairs. On the basis of this report and one in the NY Times today – I will NEVER go to another race. I went to the Breeder’s Cup last year as well as Saratoga. Never ever again.

  • Star Plus
  • Star Plus
  •  The reason ~58,000 horses go to slaughter in Mexico and Canada every year is because the breed and racing associations put all the money in 2 and 3 yo events to encourage more breeding and competing of young horses. Until pressure is put on them to favor events for older horses and the breeding of fewer horses they will never be in favor of eliminating horse slaughter because that is how they get the excess of horses off their feed bills. When there is no horse slaughter the price of horses drops to almost nothing. Last winter in Texas they were selling for $2 a head – so their owners had to pay to send them away. The worst travesty is how the entire industry claims only old, injured horses go to the killers when the actual fact is that many yearlings with papers go directly there as do thousands of perfectly sound, rideable horses. Horses are like puppies and kittens – there are more of them than homes available – and few can afford to take care of them. With the dollar sliding and the price of feed (and everything else) climbing it can only get worse. Many can afford to breed a mare and raise a foal but most are dreaming that someone else will show or raise the foals they raise. That almost never happens for the average horse. We must STOP BREEDING horses we do not have pre-sold or intend to keep their entire lives.

  •  The price a stallion prospect sells for has more to do with the cost of standing a stallion and very little to do with whether he is worth breeding. Stallions are expensive to keep and extremely expensive to promote. Most non-commercial stallions are free leased between those who wish to use them when they get older because it costs more to stand them than they can earn. Gelding this horse would have only made it more likely they would keep racing him. There is nothing wrong with privately breeding a stallion provided you can race or show the offspring yourself or have a market that wants them. The problem we have is that the market most breed for does not exist – but they don’t know that. The people racing this obviously injured horse are risking the lives of every horse in the race and all the riders, too, – as well as torturing this horse. There is no excuse for the Stewards and/or Track Vets allowing a horse that is obviously injured to race. His performance alone should be enough to keep him from running ever again.

  •  How exactly would you define “poor performance” if how this horse has run doesn’t qualify – not only by the number of lengths he is finishing behind but even more by the published performance comments?

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