Last week, the West Virginia Racing Commission suspended trainer Douglas Shanyfelt for running horses that were trained by Scooter Davis (who was serving prior suspension) under his name in the program at Charles Town. Shanyfelt received a one-year ban, while the commission upheld the stewards' denial of Davis' license.
In his latest column for ESPN.com, Bill Finley believes that suspensions are just “not enough of a deterrent” for those that are willing to cheat, and that they should be done away with.
Instead of suspension or bans, Finley feels that hefty fines would have more of an impact on someone caught cheating or breaking the rules.
“Fine the living daylights out of them,” Finley writes.
For example, Davis was originally suspended six months and fined $5,000 last summer for clenbuterol positives. “What if Davis had been fined $50,000 or maybe $100,000?” Finley asks. “What if Davis knew that a fine of that nature was what he could expect if he got caught taking an edge?”
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