The Illinois Racing Board is set to meet on Wednesday regarding the disqualification of Secret Gesture in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park last month.
Secret Gesture won the race, but was disqualified and placed third for interference. Qatar Racing and Newsells Park Stud, which own the mare, along with trainer Ralph Beckett, lodged an appeal and hope to have Secret Gesture reinstated as the winner of the race.
According to a report in the Racing Post, former jockey Steve Cauthen will appear as an expert witness for Qatar Racing and Newsells Park Stud during a directors' review conference. Jockey Jamie Spencer, the rider of Secret Gesture, along with Bernie Hettel, former chief steward in Kentucky, will also testify for the Secret Gesture team.
The hearing is expected to last two days; the appeal board has up to 30 days to announce its decision.
Read more in the Racing Post
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