ZIADIE BLAMES DRUG VIOLATIONS ON ‘CHAOS’

by | 11.17.2010 | 12:47am

By Ray Paulick
Saturday's Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course near Miami has attracted some of racing's most successful trainers, including multiple Eclipse Award winners Todd Pletcher and Bob Baffert. But there's another name on the program, that of Kirk Ziadie, who has become increasingly familiar to South Florida racing fans and horseplayers who wager on the long Calder meeting. 


Some people may in fact be wondering why Ziadie is allowed to start four horses in Saturday's rich stakes program after being handed a 60-day suspension last month by the Florida Department of Business Regulations Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering following  his 13th medication violation in Florida since 2004. (Click here to see the evidence in the case and the ruling against Ziadie for an Acepromazine positive in a horse that won at Gulfstream Park on March 17, 2007.)


Ziadie, 40, is the son of Ralph Ziadie, a Jamaican of Lebanese descent who came to the United States in the late 1970s and, after a few years of running a restaurant and selling cars, has been a fixture on the Miami racing scene. Kirk eventually went to work for his father before taking out his trainer's license in 2003 and going out on his own. According to an article in a Jamaican newspaper, the two men have not been particularly close.


Like his father, who has won numerous training titles at Calder and is a member of the track's Hall of Fame, Kirk Ziadie has been very successful at saddling winners. He won his first training title at Calder during the 2006-07 Tropical at Calder meeting where an astounding 53% of his starters were winners. He was leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs the previous year with a strike rate of 31%.

But Ziadie (pictured, left) has also compiled a prodigious list of rules violations. Here is what the Association of Racing Commissioners International has on Kirk Ziadie in its database—30 rulings from five states since 2004, most of the fines and suspensions for medication violations (and that doesn't include the most recent ruling, the 60-day suspension, against him):

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Ruling Number: 426000   Date: 3/25/2009

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   Unknown

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 500    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 5/2/2009 Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs, Inc. Horse: MIKE'S CLASSIC Drug: Clenbuterol (In Urine 4.5 ng/mL – In Serum 250 pg/mL) Sample # 426000 Lab # A294065-HB and A294065-HU

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Ruling Number: 421937   Date: 9/11/2008

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 1000   Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 11/14/2008 Suspension End:   11/28/2008

Description:   325-Calder Race Course Horse: R SALTY VET Drug: Phenylbutazone Sample # 421937 Lab # A236124-HB HEARING DATE 11/14/2008 FINED $1000.00 AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE SUSPENDED FOR 15 DAYS: 12/2 through and including 12/16/2008.

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Ruling Number: 08082 Date: 8/20/2008

Issued By: Minnesota Racing Commission   Facility:   CANTERBURY PARK

Ruling Type:   Positive Drug Test

Division:   Horse Breed:   Thoroughbred

Drug(s): Dimethylsulfoxide

Fine Amount:   $ 200    Fine Paid: Yes

Suspension Start: None Suspension End:   None

Description:   Trainer Kirk M Ziadie, having responded is hereby assessed a civil penalty of $200 for a medication violation “Dimethylsulfoxide” (DMSO) found in the sample E77027 taken from the horse “Fireonthewire” following the fifth race at Canterbury Park on August 2, 2008. MS 240.24 MRC Rule 7890.0100 Subp. 13C; 7890.0110 Subp. 1.

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Ruling Number: 70-2008 DE Date: 8/6/2008

Issued By: Delaware Racing Commission Facility:   DELAWARE PARK

Ruling Type:   General Rulings

Division:   Horse Breed:   Thoroughbred

Drug(s): Unknown

Fine Amount:   $ 500    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End:   None

Description:   70-2008 Trainer Kirk Ziadie, DOb 8/22/68, having waived his right to a hearing, is fined the sum of five hundred ($500.00) dollars for entering the horse “STEELIX”, which was on the Vets List at Saratoga, necessistating a scratch from the eighth race at Delaware Park on Sunday, July 27, 2008. Refer to D.T.R.C Rules 3.4; and 10.8.1.2. Fine to be paid within 48 hours. Ruling 70-2008

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Ruling Number: 408209   Date: 6/14/2008

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 1000   Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 11/14/2008 Suspension End:   11/28/2008

Description:   325-Calder Race Course Horse: CENZONTLE Drug: Oxyphenbutazone Sample # 408209 Lab # A217496-HB HEARING DATE 11/14/08 FINED $1000 3rd offense within calendar year

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Ruling Number: 408219   Date: 6/14/2008

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 1000   Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 11/14/2008 Suspension End:   11/28/2008

Description:   325-Calder Race Course Horse: ROMAGNOLA Drug: Oxyphenbtazone Sample # 408219 Lab # A217503-HB HEARING DATE 11/14/2008 FINED $1000.00

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Ruling Number: 2008010 Date: 6/12/2008

Issued By: Virginia Racing Commission Facility:   COLONIAL DOWNS

Ruling Type:   General Rulings

Division:   Horse Breed:   Thoroughbred

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 500    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End:   None

Description:   Having waived his right to legal counsel and a hearing is hereby assessed a fine of $500 for scratching the horse, “BROAD SWORD” from the Seventh race on Tueaday, June 10, 2008 without an excuse satisfactory to the Stewards (the horse ran on June 8, 2008 at Delaware Park). Fine to be paid within 72 hours.

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Ruling Number: 23-2008 Date: 6/3/2008

Issued By: Delaware Racing Commission Facility:   DELAWARE PARK

Ruling Type:   Failure to Complete Interim License Procedure

Division:   Horse Breed:   Thoroughbred

Drug(s): Unknown

Fine Amount:   $ 500    Fine Paid: Yes

Suspension Start: None Suspension End:   None

Description:   23-2008 TRAINER KIRK ZIADIE, DOB 8/22/68, HAVING WAIVED HIS RIGHT TO A HEARING, IS FINED THE SUM OF FIVE HUNDRED ($500.00) DOLLARS FOR FAILING TO SECURE A CURRENT LICENSE AND FAILING TO HAVE WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION ON FILE WITH THE DELAWARE THOROUGHBRED RACING COMMISSION LICENSING OFFICE, NECESSITATING A SCRATCH ON THE HORSE “NAV QUATORZE” IN THE FOURTH RACE ON SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2008. REFER TO D.R.C RULES 7.1.1, 7.3.3, AND 3.4. FINE TO BE PAID WITHIN 48 HOURS. RULING 23-2008

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Ruling Number: 405268 2008004736 Date: 1/5/2008

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Positive Drug Test

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s): Phenylbutazone

Fine Amount:   $ 500    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 1/26/2008   Suspension End:   None

Description:   321-Gulfstream Park Horse: FOREIGN RUCKUS Drug: Phenylbutazone Sample # 405268 Lab # A174623-HB Ruling #2008004736 Fine $500.00 Paid 1/27/08 Check #2325 (Total payment $750.00 for Case / Ruling # #2008 00 5198 [Ruling #2008004736], Fine $500.00 and 2007 06 8121 [Ruling #2008004547], Fine $250.00)

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Ruling Number: 401327 2007 06 8121 Date: 12/2/2007

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 250    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 1/25/2008   Suspension End:   None

Description:   Bute Overage 323-Tropical At Calder Race Course Sample 401327 Lab# A168394-HU Fine $250 Trainer Kirk Ziaidie, Ruling #2007 06 8121

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Ruling Number: 401327 2008004547 Date: 12/2/2007

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Positive Drug Test

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s): Phenylbutazone

Fine Amount:   $ 250    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 1/25/2008   Suspension End:   None

Description:   323-Tropical Park, Inc Horse: REGAL GLORY Drug: Phenylbutazone Sample # 401327 Lab # A168394-HB Ruling #2008004547 Fine $250.00 Paid 1/27/08 Check #2325 (Total payment $750.00 for Case / Ruling # #2008 00 5198 [Ruling #2008004736], Fine $500.00 and 2007 06 8121 [Ruling #2008004547], Fine $250.00)

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Ruling Number: 195855   Date: 10/25/2007

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering  Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 300    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 11/23/2008 Suspension End:   11/28/2008

Description:   323-Tropical Park, Inc @ 325-Calder Race Course Horse: HOLIDAY MOMENT Drug: Clenbuterol Sample # 195855 Lab # A15973-HU Report of Positive Results delivered to the Board of Stewards for possible administrative action on November 16, 2007. HEARING HELD 11/14/08 DID NOT DISPUTE LABORATORY FINDINGS WILL COMPLY WITH THE DECISION OF THE BOARD OF STEWARDS. FINED $300.00 1/20/09 Fine remains unpaid.

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Ruling Number: 320000964   Date: 3/11/2007

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 250    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 3/24/2007   Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs Expired coggins at race time JS Ruling #320-000964 Fine $250.00 Paid on 04/13/07 Ck # 094554

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Ruling Number: 191546 320000949 Date: 1/6/2007

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Positive Drug Test

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s): Clenbuterol

Fine Amount:   $ 250    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 3/3/2007 Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs Horse: STEELIX Drug: Clenbuterol Sample #191546 Lab #A094103-HU Ruling No. 320-000949 dated 3/3/07. Fine $250.00. Fine paid 3/13/07 with ck#1441.

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Ruling Number: 188427 323000649 Date: 11/26/2006

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Positive Drug Test

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s): Phenylbutazone

Fine Amount:   $ 1000   Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 3/23/2007   Suspension End:   4/12/2007

Description:   323-Tropical Park, Inc Horse: PARADISE DANCER Drug: Phenylbutazone Sample #188427 Lab #A085564-HB 04/13/07 Rec'd Ruling # 323-000649 dated 03/28/07, fine of $100.00 Pd 04/12/07.

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Ruling Number: 187661   Date: 10/15/2006

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Positive Drug Test

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s): Phenylbutazone

Fine Amount:   $ 1000   Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 11/16/2006 Suspension End:   12/26/2006

Description:   325-Calder Race Course Horse: RGIRLDOESN'TBLUFF Drug: Phenylbutazone Sample #187661 Lab #A075986-HB Rec'd Ruling # 325-000939 dated 11/19/06 fine $1,000.00 Pd 12/26/06.

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Ruling Number: 185092 320000916 Date: 3/18/2006

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Positive Drug Test

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s): Oxyphenbutazone   Phenylbutazone

Fine Amount:   $ 500    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 4/22/2006   Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs Horse: RED HEAD CHAMP Drug: Phenylbutazone / Oxyphenbutazone Sample #185092 Lab #A028872-HB Ruling No. 320.000916 dated 4/26/06. Fine $500.00. Fine paid 5/6/06 with check number 232.

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Ruling Number: 320000908   Date: 3/9/2006

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 250    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 3/19/2006   Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs Late Scratch: (No Offical Foal Certificate) JS Ruling #320-000908 Fine $250.00 Paid 4/1/06, Ck #060931

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Ruling Number: 184323 320000896 Date: 1/30/2006

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 250    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 3/2/2006 Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs Horse: KING DREAMER Drug: Dimethyl Sulfoxide Sample #184323 Lab #A015171-HU JS Ruling #320-000896 dated 3/2/06 – Fine $250.00 Paid 3/3/06, Ck #3303.

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Ruling Number: 183059 320000895 Date: 1/15/2006

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 100    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 3/2/2006 Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs Horse: KING DREAMER Drug: Dimethyl Sulfoxide Sample #183059 Lab #A011618-HU JS Ruling #320-000895 dated 3/2/06. Fine $100.00. Fine Paid 3/3/06 with Ck #3303.

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Ruling Number: 320000869   Date: 1/12/2006

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 250    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 1/23/2006   Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs Late Stratch JS Ruling #320-000869 Fine $250.00 Paid 2/3/06 Ck #087268

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Ruling Number: 320000870   Date: 1/1/2006

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 250    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 1/23/2006   Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs Late Scratch JS Ruling #320-000870 dated 1/23/06. Fine $250.00 Paid 2/3/06 Ck #087268.

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Ruling Number: 179373 323000607 Date: 12/2/2005

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Positive Drug Test

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s): Phenylbutazone

Fine Amount:   $ 250    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 1/20/2006   Suspension End:   None

Description:   323-Tropical Park @ 325-Calder Race Course Inv Diana Neira Horse: FAR WEST Drug: Phenylbutazone Sample #179373 Lab #A001018-HB JS Ruling #323-000607 Fine $250.00 Pd 1/17/06 Ck. #3040

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Ruling Number: *N*10094780 Date: 7/7/2005

Issued By: New Jersey Racing Commission Facility:   MONMOUTH PARK

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 100    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End:   None

Description:   FAILED TO HAVE FOAL PAPERS ON FILE.

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Ruling Number: *N*10094102 Date: 6/23/2005

Issued By: New Jersey Racing Commission Facility:   MONMOUTH PARK

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 100    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: None Suspension End:   None

Description:   FAILED TO HAVE FOAL PAPERS ON FILE.

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Ruling Number: 173147 325000843 Date: 5/8/2005

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Positive Drug Test

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s): Clenbuterol

Fine Amount:   $ 300    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 7/24/2005   Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs (Raced in Tampa Bay Downs but Stables Horses @ 325-Calder Race Course) Inv Dennis Badillo Horse: DON AGUSTIN Drug: Clenbuterol Cl 3 Sample 173147 Lab #25859M JS Ruling #325-000843 Fine $300.00 Paid 8/23/05, Ck #32157

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Ruling Number: 320000840   Date: 4/22/2005

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 100    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 4/17/2005   Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs No Foal Certificate At Race Time JS Ruling #320-000840 Fine $100.00. Fine paid 4/17/05.

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Ruling Number: 089809 323000578 Date: 12/3/2004

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 500    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 11/17/2005 Suspension End:   1/17/2006

Description:   323-Tropical Park Inc Resp Lic #701515 Inv Dennis Badillo Horse: BOLIDO Drug: Glycopyrrolate Cl Sample #089809 Lab #01072M 12/16/04, As per J. Helton all Glycopyrrolate DP have been referred to our Legal Dept. until a final determination has been made. JS Ruling #323-000578 – Fine $500.00 Paid 1/17/06, Ck #3039 – Included in this ruling is Case #2004057550

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Ruling Number: 088845   Date: 10/14/2004

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   N/A

Ruling Type:   Unknown

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s):

Fine Amount:   $ 0   Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 11/17/2005 Suspension End:   1/17/2006

Description:   325-Calder Race Course Resp Lic #701515 Inv Dennis Badillo Horse: MUSICAL BEAT Drug: Glycopyrrolate Cl 3 Sampe #088845 Lab #94082L 12/07/04, As per J.Helton all Glycopyrrolate Drup Posotives have been referred to our Legal Dept. until a final determination has been made. Rec'd. J/S Ruling 323-000578 dated 11/17/05 fine $500.00 and a 15 days supension, completed 11/14-11/28. Note that the same Ruling also included case # 2004060610, sample # 089809, in which the fine and suspension applied for both violations.

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Ruling Number: 932228   Date: 5/2/2004

Issued By: Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Facility:   Unknown

Ruling Type:   Positive Drug Test

Division:   Unknown Breed:   Unknown

Drug(s): Flunixin

Fine Amount:   $ 100    Fine Paid: Not Submitted

Suspension Start: 5/30/2004   Suspension End:   None

Description:   320-Tampa Bay Downs Resp Lic #701515 Inv Nicolas Miyar Horse: BRUSHED WITH GLORY Drug: Flunixin Sample #932228 Lab #73783L Ruling #325-000676 issued by Board of Stewards at Calder Race Course on May 30, 2004; respondent fined $100.00. Fine paid June 1, 2004 by Ck. #104.

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By my estimate, Ziadie has paid a total of $13,550 in fines for his violations, which some might equate as the cost of doing business as a horse trainer. However, some horsemen manage to get through an entire career without any fines or suspensions for breaking medication rules.


The current suspension against Ziadie is based on a positive test from March 2007. According to the ruling, at a hearing on the case (in April of 2009), Ziadie admitted to giving Acepromazine to his horses on race day to “settle them at the starting gate.” Ziadie denied giving the Class 3 drug (according to RCI guidelines) to the horse in question, although according to the ruling he admitted his accounting and stable management had been “in chaos” over a period of time. Ziadie said at the April hearing that he had hired a new accountant.


He then asked the presiding officer of the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering for leniency.


Seriously.


So here we have a trainer, one who has won many races, but who has more than 30 rules violations in less than six years on the job. He is being judged on a positive test for a prohibited substance from two years earlier; since that alleged infraction, he's had several other fines and suspensions meted out against him—and he is asking for leniency.


Ziadie has also taken his case outside of racing's regulatory system and has asked for and received a stay of the suspension from a court of appeals while he and an attorney consider an appeal to the ruling. That way, he won't get shut out of running his horses in Saturday's Summit of Speed at Calder.


And we wonder, “Why has racing lost its popularity and credibility?”


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As a final note, I wouldn't be writing about Kirk Ziadie and his record of rules violations if it weren't for the persistence of a racing fan and horseplayer who brought the case to my attention when the original ruling was handed down a couple of weeks ago. I want to thank him and all the others who help keep the Paulick Report informed through our anonymous tip line about some of the things going on in Thoroughbred racing and breeding that are either ignored or underreported by the mainstream media and trade press.

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