Laurel Not Accepting Entries From Navarro Over New Jersey Controversy

by | 09.13.2017 | 6:17pm
El Deal dominated in the the Vanderbilt at Saratoga for trainer Jorge Navarro

Sal Sinatra, president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, said the racing office at Laurel Park would not accept the entries of horses trained by Jorge Navarro because of fallout from the controversial cellphone video of Navarro and one of his owners, Randal Gindi, taken last month at Monmouth Park and posted on YouTube. In the video, Gindi and Navarro were celebrating a Gulfstream Park win by the trainer's brother, Marcial Navarro, with Gindi making references to “the juice man” and saying “I line my pockets with the bookie with another twenty thousand.” Navarro commented on the video, “That's the way we do it. We f – – k everyone.”

Navarro and Gindi were each fined the maximum $5,000 by stewards for “conduct detrimental to racing” with the recommendation that the fines be increased to $10,000 and $20,000, respectively, by the New Jersey Racing Commission, which intends to take up the matter at its next meeting Sept. 20.

Navarro has been leading trainer at Monmouth Park five consecutive years, most recently breaking his own record by saddling 65 winners from 158 starts during the 2017 meet. Gindi was the New Jersey track's third leading owner by wins in 2017, with 10 from 19 starts.

Navarro denied using illegal drugs in horses and said neither he nor Gindi bet with bookmakers.

Sinatra said it was the decision of The Stronach Group, owner of Laurel Park, not to accept any entries from Navarro, including Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap winner El Deal. The 5-year-old son of Munnings owned by Albert and Michelle Crawford was expected to run in Saturday's $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Dash, but after learning the entry would be rejected, Navarro opted not to enter. “Why should I enter?” Navarro told Daily Racing Form.

A second horse from the Navarro barn, John J. Reilly Handicap winner Chublicious, was transferred to trainer Claudio Gonzalez, who has other horses for the owner, David Gruskos. Gonzalez trained Chublicious previously and Sinatra said the entry was accepted after officials were convinced the horse would stay with Gonzalez after the De Francis Dash.

“It's because of the whole situation in New Jersey,” Sinatra said of the decision not to accept entries from Navarro. “It's too chaotic right now. Our commission reached out to Frank Zanzuccki (executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission) to get more information, and we didn't feel comfortable taking the entry until that is cleared up. It's too cloudy right now. We're just trying to do the best we can for racing. ”

Navarro is licensed in Maryland, having run one horse in July, Sinatra said. On Wednesday, Duchess of Duke, a horse entered for Loooch Racing Stable at Indiana Grand racetrack was scratched from the $100,000 Merrillville Stakes after stewards there told the trainer they would not issue him a trainer's license until the New Jersey matter is fully resolved.

CORRECTION: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Laurel Park rejected the entries of El Deal and Chublicious from Jorge Navarro The decision not to permit Navarro's horses to run at Laurel Park was made by management prior to entries being taken for the De Francis Dash.

  • Richard C

    Maybe Ron Paolucci can write a juicy letter of recommendation for Jorge Navarro.

    • Dave Hunter

      Or Dick Dutrow? Maybe Scott Lake?

  • gus stewart

    Wow, as much as i think hitting at that high of percentage is very much improbable to do without some advantage. But lets not forget you have to prove these things with each winner, as a track owner like stronach, can say, no we dont want you here as another track just did the same to him. If you want to fix the med problem, it goes way beyond the Navarros and other east coast trainers. We here on the west coast have similar problems. But i have to say if your saying no to navarro, as ny harness racing said to louie pena, after watching louie for months, never coming up with anything until most of owners and track management came up with a new timing rule finding a way to ban him. Years later a judge ruled in his favor and reinstated him. Navarro pena whos next a vega or another hispanic name. All im saying is that yea, it looks like some trainers or vets have an angle to improve performance. If u want to fix it across the board with all trainers,then do it, and yep big names on west coast too. But if they can find methods of improving horses within the written racing guidlines, you better not cherry pick certain guys, it not a crime to voice your thoughts on you tube about how you think, as long as your not threatening someone.

    • Big G

      dear gus ,, please stop with the im sorry for pena and navarro,, when lou pena came to the east coast from sacramento of all places, he came to yonkers raceway and was winning 5 to 6 races a day ,, his horses were double and triple jumping up in class,, and winning for fun,,, with George Brennan driving everything he put out on the track,,his winning percentage was about 45 percent ,, amazing how a trainer coming from cali 3 k miles away racing for 3k in purses at cal expo ,, comes to yonkers and blows everyone away,,,, same with navarro ,, but notice his record at nyra tracks 7 for 65 but in new jersey he has a unbelievable record ,,as far as crimes go racing needs to fix it self up before uncle sam steps in ,, then when uncle donnie starts looking at what racetracks receive from goverment and state programs to subsidize racing ,, ( slot machine revenues ) these cheaters will be all out of the sport of thoroughbred racing which they have no respect for…..

      • Rob B

        IDK EL Deal looked pretty good at Saratoga last time. He only now has the stock to be competitive in NY. NJ racing is as poor as ever with the horse population being low so big barns like his can manipulate entries/condition book. I can’t believe I’m defending this guy. I want him caught and exposed of but not like this.

        • Big G

          did i say he used anything illegal in my post ?? all i said was his record in ny is not what it is at other tracks, as far as El DEAL goes i think he just acquired that horse , not sure ,, but lets see him next time out in ny before i pass judgement,,

          • Rob B

            He’s had the horse for a few starts and ran a whole in the wind in the Vanderbilt last time. Last time I checked Saratoga was in NY

          • Big G

            yes shipped in ,,not stabled at saratoga ,,,,ummmmm

          • Rob B

            What does that mean? Probably 1/3 of the horses who run at Saratoga daily are from other tracks. Saratoga has a pretty strict limit about the number of horses each trainer can have so they’re constantly shipping horses in and out. Are u insinuating he can get away with more because he was based at Monmouth or wherever? That’s irrelevant. It’s about the testing in each state and what they test for.

          • Big G

            yes he can get away with cheating just like others can ,, if you are a cheater you will continue to cheat until you get caught,, listen rob,, you can defend him all you like thats ok . but when this guy claims horses they win right off the bat ,, then other trainers claim from him and the horses do not perform well .. if you notice smart trainers do not claim from this guy at all ,, remember the claiming war frank martin had with oscar barrera in ny years ago ,, martin was pissed oscar claimed everything in martin’s barn and was winning with all the horses he claimed ,, when martin claimed back those same horses he could not win,, oscar cleaned martin’s clock ,,, do you remember shifty shiekh claimed by oscar for 25k and loses the marlboro cup by a nose Grade 1 500k stake how could oscar perform such magic,,, im a old school guy been around the backstretch for 40 years seen a lot of good , bad, ugly things in that time,,, and what now thats going on in racing is very sad ,,,, because in the last few years we were treated to excellent racing in the handicap division that will last in my memory for a lifetime,, im tired of talking about the bad people in racing ,,, believe me their are great man and woman in this sport that we should be talking about that bring something to racing,, and not negative press..big g.

          • Rob B

            My point is a BS cellphone video where the owner was the real jerk isn’t severe enough to warrant this crap. Catch the guy with something real then pounce. This is trivial BS. He has great success claiming horses but so havent several others.

          • Big G

            not saying anything about that ,,, personally I was always taught never to root against anybody or say negative things to anybody who bet their hard earned money on rooting their horses home first ,, i agree these boys were at a bar watching races screaming for their horse to win ,,, whos business is it for someone else to video them having a good time and talking smack ,, the stewards should not fine these guys nothing for rooting but,,,,dont antagonize other patrons thats asking for trouble … big g.

          • Rob B

            I agree, though we don’t know the conversation leading up to the loser putting this video out there.

          • fatjoe-RETURNS!

            really little Big G? you seem to go outta your way to bash,insult and bully posters,unless they agree with your opinions,as for you being such a big-shot we have video of you betting with monopoly money!
            also i might add that the already ripped ticket’s comment you posted
            was funny! keep on mooshin! Big G king of the mooshes!

          • Big G

            dear ,,, stop stealing my lines ,,, also ive told you as nicely as i can ,, im a total gentleman ,,, their is no reason for me or anybody else in this forum to speak down to anyone or disrespect anothers views,, we all have opinions and comments which sometimes dont sit well,, but thats ok ,,its how you convey your comments that get people upset,,, fortunately i’ve been involved in racing for over 40 years ,,, trust me ive scene things and heard stories that could fill a book,, my good friend who i race against hails from the linda rice barn who owns a nice stable of horses, was wrongly outed by me on this blog ,, i revealed his name in print and it was the wrong on my part ,,, other readers were contradicting things about the backside that only owners or trainers would know,, this man was appalled at the comments he was receiving about his stable ,,, these comments coming from readers who never stepped a foot on the backside of a racetrack, who know nothing about what it takes to get a horse to perform on the day it races,, so needless to say he does not blog no more,,, and i ask you or anybody else why would you try to tell a man who owns over 15 horses what to do,, or run his stable,,, it would have been nice to hear his thoughts on racing and breeding and knowing this man and the knowledge he has from racing to hear his view points,,, as far as my thing with you ,, yes i might have picked on you a little to much ,, i apologize ,, oh and one last thing ,,, my wife of 30 years says she wishes it was monopoly money that i invested in racing over the years we could of spent more on our grand kids,, god luck to you ,,, big g.

          • fatjoe-RETURNS!

            big g, here’s my words for you, i will take it all back,there was not ANY malice ment in my original post about your friend, all i said was the silks were similar,that’s it! OUR back and forth was kinda fun,kinda dumb
            your tickets post was funny! i read some of your other posts and many of my opinions are alinged with yours, we appear to be around the same age
            so i offer you the olive branch will you accept?

          • Big G

            yes of course , when saratoga rolls around you come with family ,, on me for the day ,,, guaranteed god bless big g.

          • fatjoe-RETURNS!

            that is very nice of you Big G,we didn’t go this year,first time in a long time the “boss” conned me into going to ireland! had loads of fun at the curragh
            and a few other stops,will be going to the spa next year for sure,i’ll look you up when the season rolls around and come and say hello,meanwhile i’ll be
            right here,thanks again Big G

          • fatjoe-RETURNS!

            also good luck with your runners,your wife,kids and grand kids and as always good luck with your picks….!

    • Canarse

      I agree that there should be hard evidence to throw a guy out, but I don’t think this is anything more than a suspension. I think Laurel is right to ban the guy until the NJ thing plays out. It may be nothing more than a couple guys acting like idiots, but to the average fan it looks really bad. The industry should expect it’s owners and trainers to act in a way that doesn’t drive fans away from the track.

    • Minneola

      Low hanging fruit is easier to pick. But, imagine if someone actually tried to reach to the top.

    • Edgar Frose

      The owner leaked the word JUICE, no one put a gun to his head. Sometimes, people say things they regret, doesn’t mean they were lying.

  • john

    Its about time these racing folks had some guts and kept these guys out…..awesome decision.

  • jimmyski

    what normal trainer is going to act like that when he knows he’s being filmed?He can say he was having a little fun with the guy but Jorge nobody found it amusing and now your lack of class has cost you.oh well-jokes on you now-chump!

  • Gls

    What a lovely basket of owners!!

  • Miss the Magic

    These guys are bank robbers,they are walking in the bank stealing all the money and no one is going to stop them. It’s easier than robbing a bank because you could get shot in a bank robbery, if cought on video you go to jail. These guys are robbing the bank and if they get cought it’s a little fine and you can’t go to the bank for thirty days.
    It’s so easy they go right back to robbing the bank. Until this is criminalized and it is wire fraud and racketeering they are robbing folks betting on the races across state lines, they are robbing owners and other trainers, and making a mockery of the racing commision and any rules that are in place ” That’s the way they do it f*** us all !!

    • Rob B

      Catch them medically. He shouldn’t be banned for being arrogant.

  • Good for Laurel.

    • Suivez Moi

      Navarro should end up like Dick Dutrow. He is really bad for the sport. I personally know he is a foul mouthed trainer who uses this sport as his own personal playground. This summer he used Monmouth race track and other adjacent mid Atlantic tracks to build a big fat piggy bank.

  • Larry sterne

    For the good of the game, thank you. Keep it up. Let’s race with pride honor and integrity.

  • CE Butler

    Good work by Maryland. Now if ALL other tracks follow suit and ban Navarro and other such trainers maybe, just maybe their owners will fire them as well.If a trainer has no track to run at and no owners to foot the bills the sport may turn a positive corner. This is astep in the right direction!

    • Minneola

      I’m not letting all of the owners off the hook on this. In this case, the owner was directly implicated. But, what about the other owners that hire these kinds of trainer cheats? Perhaps, there needs to be some sort of penalty to them as well. If that happens, it might make some think long and hard whether it is worth the liability that can occur, if the trainer is caught. Get those owners to stop hiring these cheats! If those cheating trainers do not get hired, they’re out of business.

      • Rob B

        Spoken like someone who has never owned or been associated with racing a day in his or her life.

        • Blue Larkspur

          No, spoken like someone with an excellent plan to clean up the sport. We all know that owners knowingly chose hop trainers.

        • Minneola

          No, spoken by someone who knows that owners are responsible for the actions of those they employ. Learn the world of business law. You sound a bit frightened. Are you afraid that some of these owners who co-conspire with the cheating trainers might actually back out and hire reputable ones?

          • Rob B

            You think trainers tell owners they cheat? Business law smarts maybe, common sense smarts unlikely.

          • Minneola

            That is the most incredibly unintelligent post I have seen for some time. Are you suggesting that owners are not smart enough to check with others about prospective trainers? Perhaps, you are trying to “snow” others with your babble but I can tell you that truly professional employers in the business world do check backgrounds of job applicants. I can tell you, as well, that this is discussed at the tracks by owners looking for a new trainer. I’ve been included in those kinds of discussions on more than one occasion. It’s something called “reputation” and word spreads very quickly and very widely.

          • Rob B

            You know what spreads even quicker? A 30% win percentage, get your head out of the sand pal. He’s got owners dying to get in with him. Your points of view are incredibly naive. This is a business, do you have somebody run your business with somebody who never makes money who is a good guy or a arrogant SOB who more often then not is gonna line your pockets with cash?

      • Rob B

        Cheats = anybody who wins more than 25%. No way the 10% aren’t doing it right? Haha

  • JoeJoe

    WELL DONE!!

  • HorsePower Racing

    Thanks Again to Laurel & The Stronach Group – Industry Leaders who are taking positive action and working at making Racing & Breeding GREAT AGAIN !

  • Don Martello

    65 winners out if 168 starts, really how many seconds & thirds? He needs to be suspended for life. Feel sorry for the horses in his care. If you are one of his owners you need to make a change.

    • Pbchi

      He is doing what the owners want. they are birds of a feather.

    • Cindy Harries

      I am one of his owners and he is one of the finest horseman I have ever been around so you need to walk a mile in his shoes before you open your ignorant mouth and start spouting off about a man you know nothing about…I won’t change trainers ever…my horses get top notch care and look awesome under his care…and they are just a couple of claimers…but he runs horses where they can win…hense the low odds…and he loves to win races for his owners!!!!

      • Edgar Frose

        Runs where they can win. Thats what they all say.

      • Big G

        come to belmont,, lets see if you can achieve the same results ,, and this is nothing on you cindy ,, i understand full well it costs a ton of money to own thoroughbreds,, but navarro knows in new york he cannot get away with what he uses in monmouth or parx.. his record speaks for it self ,, 35 % everywhere but in new york 7 % winners why ??

        • Blue Larkspur

          proof positive we need to penalize owners, too, if they are going to attempt to remain deaf, and blind

        • togahombre

          navarro this year at nyra, 9-2-2-1 ( 22% win, 55% in the $) , 2 graded stakes wins, one 2nd, earnings in excess of $800k

          • Big G

            dear toga ,, read my comment to rob b.

          • togahombre

            my reply is to your claim that he can’t compete in ny, he’s averaged over $90k per start this year, lets pass the hat for the poor guy

          • Big G

            like i said toga he ships in for races,, if he was so great there are many owners in ny willing to give him a shot ,, remember scott lake ?? 7 for 65 in ny no juice ,, no wins ?

        • Rob B

          You dont think people at Belmont cheat? Haha. Obviously at tougher meet that win % will go down. More horses, better horses, more competent horsemen. Would he win 35%? No but I’m sure he would win 20-25% if he had the right stock. So much of his game is in the claiming ranks but he’s proven he can train stakes horses as well.

          • Big G

            his 7 % win percentage of all starts in new york speak volumes

          • Rob B

            Why don’t we stick to whats relevant this year. He’s 2/9 for 22% with 5/9 ITM for 55% 2 of the other 4 were War Story in Grade 1s where he finished 4th against far superior opponents.

          • Big G

            dear rob,, how do you bet ? how much would you be in the whole betting him to win in NEW YORK? his return on investment is negative dollars,,, but at other tracks he has a positive number, what is relevant is profit pure and simple ,, you would be broke betting him in NEW YORK to win ,, as for war story it was a 5 horse field he faced that day.

          • Rob B

            Ya when Gun Runner is one of them the rest is irrelevant. About 10% of trainers have a pos ROI and there usually middle of the road guys with a few high paying wins. I’m pretty sure his owners are making money including those horses in NY. What’s his earnings per start 50k? You can skew the numbers however u want but 22% win and 55% ITM is hardly a gigantic slip. From the 2 people I know who knows him they both said he seems to be a great horsemen and nobody horses look better. However dealing with him in their professions has been an unpleasant experience due to his personality.

          • Big G

            rob EL DEAL ,, WAR STORY are ok horses ,, listen every owner hates that monthly barn bill ,,and trust me it comes every month right on time ,, so those that employ him except what he does and turn a blind eye or use other trainers,,, listen i understand better than anyone that you have to win to make it in this game otherwise your in the wrong sport,, i have never wished bad on anybody or any owner who use the trainers of their choice ,, i wish them all luck and to have a safe trip ,,, and if they should get caught using illegal drugs then they have nobody to blame but themselves when they get kicked out of racing for good ,,

          • Rob B

            I agree with most everyything you say. Except for EL Deal is an ok horse. He’s lightning fast and if he stays sound and takes to that strip in Delmar he has a huge shot in the sprint in the fall.

          • Big G

            dear rob ,,ok but guess what ,,i know this for a fact he cannot out sprint my lttle horse imperial hint ,, imperial hint will win the breeders cup sprint hands down ,,,horse can sprint 1:07.3 on eastern track whats he gonna do on cup day,, that track will be like the 405 ,,,,lightning fast and i hope they all come to take him on ,,,,practical joke ,,biscuits,, your horse el choke and puke ,,, so i can get 5-1 or better … 21.0 43.3 1:07.2 for 6 furlongs you heard it here first .. big g.

          • Rob B

            Nothing is fact in horse racing. They both have to make it to the race first. IH fell off big time last year when the water got deep. One other thing is using a time at Parx of all places and thinking that will translate to a faster time at Del Mar is a longshot at best. Parx form never holds up. One thing I do know is IH will not be in front of El Deal early.

          • Big G

            dear rob,, imperial hint got sick on the way to Dubai ,, he was forced to scratch ,, Drefong is the horse im afraid of and thats it ,, my opinion El deal is not as fast as imperial hint ,, this horse has a motor ,,my money will be on imperial hint to sit just off drefong than around the turn burst clear and win ,,, this horse can run ,,,, oh and one last thing your jockey who rode EL deal to victory at saratoga in his last start was who ? i know for a fact he is committed to imperial hint for the breeders cup race ( castellano ) good luck rob,, but my money is on hint ,,

          • Rob B

            He’s gotta get to the race first. They both do.

          • Big G

            dear rob,,, have to come clean ,,, im rooting hard for imperial hint , my great friend owns imperialism the sire of imperial hint,, he stands in Canada for the unbelievable bargain of $ 2,500.00 these people who stand this stallion are the nicest people you would want to know ,, they are very knowledgeable about breeding and standing stallions,,, they are a credit to racing,, and Canada should be proud of the job these lovely people do to promote racing not only in Canada but in the united states as well,,, good luck to you big g.

          • Rob B

            That’s cool, we all have different reasons for rooting for the horses we do. I remember Imperialism well, he was a late striding 2 turn horse who has now naturally thrown a blazing fast sprinter. Lol. No better feeling than watching a horse you own finish first regardless of level of competition. I’m sure it’s the same for your friend when he watches Imperialism babies run. GL

          • Rob B

            I think Biscuits is cooked. Lol

          • Big G

            thanks rob ,, yes biscuits looks like hes ready for tea ,, big g.

      • Flintstone

        Put an excellent horseman and a sharp vet together and you will get winners…
        Seen hundreds of posts from Rick Dutrow’s detractors and most had to admit he was one of the best horsemen around.

        • Rob B

          The best

    • Rob B

      Suspended for life and the only proof u provide is his win%? That is absolutely ridiculous.

  • Minneola

    I do hope that The Stronach Group has put out a directive to all of their tracks to no longer permit this trainer on their property — EVER!! I cannot overstate how very disingenuous most of the penalties are in racing. There is no point in slapping a small fine ($5,000 is very small) when they are pocketing more money behind the barn. Forget dollar fines. Ban these creeps, each and everyone of them. And, for those other tracks that allow them in, think twice about whether to patronize those tracks either in attendance or in wagering.

    • billy

      It amazes me how well Penn and parx do wagering wise….i seriously question why how and how much inside things truly are going on….money and gambling are the backbone it’s what this game is about not what it should be…sad but true

      • Minneola

        Yes, the gambling or wagering is what props up this sport. However, in the near future, other professional sports will be allowed to have similar wagering as well. Discussions are already under way.. So, how long before those that wager on horses jump ship and go to those other sports? With the massive number of fans that follow the NFL, NBA, MLB and the many new sports that have fervent fans, wagering on those sports may easily eclipse the amount that is wagered on racing. If that happens, will racing survive as we now it, today?

        • billy

          Racing shouldn’t be how it is at the moment anyhow so irrelevant,until the industry steps up In every way possible for the horse first then rids the people that shouldn’t be aloud around animals to begin with and prevents the vets and trainers from doing wrong this industry will continue to live out it’s demise until it’s gone…the politics and the high ranking officials that have more of a conscience about money then a living being will continue to ruin your game until it is stopped, were dealing with intelligent animals that live upward of thirty years and were running them into the ground left and right necropsy reports show that clearly you’ll be hard pressed to find a compationate person that will accept that, too much money and business at stake the way things stand best interest of the horse takes a back seat most times

    • Lehane

      Agree. The fines are a joke. Bring on the bans!

  • Nybred13

    OF COURSE WHO IS WELCOMING HIM WITH OPEN ARMS???? OUR DEAR FRIENDS AT PARX!! Trainers were just informed today he will be getting his own barn…I guess if they can fill Parx with 32 Cheats who fill whole barns, then they wont have to worry about the lil fish and can fill all the races with the racing secretaries Pals… Gotta LOVE THAT PLACE!!

    • Minneola

      And, racing wonders where the fans have disappeared to? Just about anywhere but racing. Why? You know the answer: cheating. This is a total embarrassment to the sport. No wonder that racing keeps avoiding having a centralized governing board. Tracks that permit cheats know that they can do so since there is no one to disallow it.

    • Hamish

      Is this fake news? Why would any racetrack with a purportedly highly regulated casino on the property invite a guy like this to stay at their place? Presuming you are correct what a stinking shame!

    • wmk3400

      Really? If true perhaps Parx should rule everybody who is NOT guilty of various misdeeds off the grounds and have only proven cheats there which would level the playing field. Unfortunately the horses don’t deserve it and the riders would be taking additional risks riding unsound ones.

      • Nybred13

        Parx is a cesspool of cheats and Sam Elliot welcomes them with open arms as they line his pockets.. Talk about draining the Swamp..

        • wmk3400

          Nybred13, I know this is a few days late (no internet on weekends) but I lived in Bensalem for 13 years after moving to PA (I now live in Delco). I had an apartment so close to the track that when I watched the cable show that used to be on and the horses first entered the track to race I could make it to the windows with time to spare. You’re not telling me anything that I already don’t know. With luck Stronach will buy both Parx and Delaware Park.

  • Flint King

    This con artist should never be allowed back onto any backside of a track

    • Nybred13

      Well of course the cesspool of racing is opening their arms to him.. Parx is giving him a whole barn for himself. They have the likes of Navarro, Vazquez, Guerrero, Ness, not to mention the new juicers on the block-Milian(aka Vazquez) Taylor, Vera… The whole place is sick.. No wonder why Stronach Backed out of the deal to acquire it..

      • Big G

        dear nybred,,, dont worry uncle is watching , have you ever been to a meeting regarding where the slot and casino money gets allocated too,,, trust me i have and people that go to these meeting are not for racing at all,, they wish the money would go to other programs such as EDUCATION, SCHOOLS, WORK FORCE TRAINING, SOCIAL PROGRAMS, STATE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS… not to subsidize purses at racetracks where constant cheating and drugging horses persist ,,, REMEMBER BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING…

  • Lehane

    In my view, it was the only decision that could be handed down. At long last, a whiff of integrity. Laurel has set an example for others to follow.

  • Big G

    dear gus,, i agree with you 100% the cheating and drugging has to stop ,,, agreed if your with your family at the track and having a good time what business is it of somebody else ,, to interupt your good time ,,, also we as owners dont want uncle sam to get involved in racing it will get worse,,, but if these trainers and vets continue ,, the public outcry will be troublesome , because they want the casino money to go in schools and other programs ,,and not to subsidize racing ,,, thanks for your reply big g.

  • Rob B

    Look the guy is obviously a cheat but I really don’t agree with not taking the entry based off a cell phone video that tells us nothing more than him and his owner are obnoxious. The fans are punished as well because he likely would have been favored (haven’t seen entries but couldn’t imagine him not being favored) making the overall quality of the race less and giving bettors one more betting option. Get some hard evidence then rule him off forever.

    • billy

      Has anyone ever been “ruled off” forever in this game rob???? Serious question

      • Rob B

        Rick Dutrow, several jocks. So yes is the short answer.

        • Big G

          dutrow got a 10 year ban ,, michelle nevin is still the trainer of all of his horses,, that stinks, also guy gets 10 years , michelle who ?? gets 30 stalls at belmont ,, ok ,, righttttttttt .

        • billy

          Thought dutrow only got 10 years….and yes quite funny jock gets tossed for buzzer but look at what trainers and vets get away with

          • Rob B

            Seems like it’s been forever with Furrow. He got blackballed too. He was a great trainer from everyone I’ve ever asked about him. Did he deserve a ban or suspension? Yes. But this is ridiculous.

          • billy

            I didnt follow horse racing then…its only been the past 4 years…so I must ask what did he really do besides the whole big brown steroid deal which I’m pretty sure was within the rules of that time…i do agree he got blackballed and there are plenty of trainers still hard at it doing the same crap time and time again with nothing.done plenty of research in my home state pa I love the horse and their ability bit what is being done to them I will never support

          • Rob B

            I will tell you and I’m pretty sure most will agree that if your looking for an even playing field at a track with honest horsemen then PA is probably the last place on earth you would support. Dutrow story too long and deep to mention here.

          • billy

            What’s goes on here in pa makes me despise horse racing …what happens in the rest of the country makes me not support it…its not the even playing field I’m looking for or the honest horsemen…its that horse I want them respected and givin a fair chance like any other athlete should have…and that just just doesn’t happen in horse racing there’s not even real true training imo it’s mostly based on natural ability and that is a sad state for an athletic event

          • billy

            While I’m not 100 percent on the dutrow deal I don’t see him doing worse then say Vasquez preciado lake Navarro stickler jr Rojas the girl beattie…i mean heck where does the list even end what I see that is all public record and could be found with dedicated research is just wrong man…how many racehorses have been put down due to lack of funds for injury after that horse made the owner considerable amounts or simply because they couldn’t be a racehorse anymore they give their life and we turn around and say we love them…no sir racing has been around way to long for things to be how they are in the big picture of things….i appreciate what goes on out on the track because I realise the truth of it the athletics and ability but it’s a shameful big picture imagine if human sports only did the type of exam that horses get before competition after being allowed to take drugs or if it was the team’s choice if you play or not imagine what we would see.its always what can my horse do for me I’m tired of it and so is the rest of the world that loves the horse but doesn’t agree with the system even the ones involved that make their life from it don’t agree with how things are

          • Rob B

            Dutrow ^^^ what the heck is dutrow? Lol

  • Joey Seay

    It would be nice to see some conformity consistancy to these types of situations but we’ll take these wins whenever we can get them.. Lets clean this sport up..

  • barn-talk

    This is what should have happened at Suffolk but instead they invited a bum and he got tested to prove he was a horse drugging bum. Good for Lauriel and other tracks that turn pro active

  • nucky thompson

    Firstly it is patently obvious that Navarro was playing to the camera in an effort at humor that has severely backfired for him. Reminds me of the British Jewellery store owner Gerald Ratner who when asked at an after dinner speech why he could sell his products so cheap replied “because it’s total crap”. This faux pas resulted in a $1 billion being wiped off the value of the company which never recovered. Whether Navarro’s stock can recover from this PR nightmare is still to be seen. He is an easy target for detractors with his Bluto like appearance and multiple medication infractions yet he still appears to have a loyal group of owners (many of whom seem more concerned about possible financial damage rather than any damage to their reputation. ). His win percentage at Monmouth Park looks very suspicious but some say who is he running against. His supporters say that he puts horses in where they can win but why is it that horses claimed from him rarely perform well again. Yet ironically he’s almost won twice in Dubai with Sharp Azteca and XY Jet where his horses ran medication and presumably juice free. The end result of all this is that horse racing has once again given itself another black eye. While nearly every other sport continues to clamp down on medication use and cheaters, horse racing in the US blindly goes on it’s not so merry way. What we need for a start is a total ban on race day medication as we see in other jurisdictions. Finally I see today that former Congressman Ed Whitfield is the latest member of the Kentucky elite to join the Water Hay Oats Alliance – big deal when Jorge Navarro joins WHOA then that will be news worth printing !

  • Minneola

    All the Stronach tracks? Yes!!

  • Maribeth Kalinich

    Bravo for Sal, Laurel, MJC and TSG! This should be a ban for life. Or at least at all tracks in the US for now. And it’s a felony. Trainers like Navarro cast a shadow on the other thousands of honest, hardworking trainers and the industry.

  • Rob B

    Jamie Ness used to catch the same flack and anybody who has talked to him for 30 seconds knows how smart he is. I’m sure Navarro is a good horsemen but if his horses get popped then he should pay the price. Not a BS video taken by an enemy. This horse should be running in this spot. Instead he will enter some inferior race, be 1/9 and Gallop.

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