Trainer Peter Miller has been suspended for seven days, fined $2,500, and placed on probation through Oct. 31, 2019, by the Santa Anita stewards for his seventh disorderly conduct offense, according to a ruling released Sunday. The ruling describes Miller's actions on Sept. 11, 2017, at San Luis Rey Downs as “aggressive/abusive behavior – derogatory words about licensee's unborn baby.”
Miller must also follow anger management education recommendations of the Winners' Foundation, the ruling states. Failure to do so will result in suspension of all of his licenses.
Steward Scott Chaney told drf.com that Miller did not show up to hearing on Monday. Chaney added that the licensee was seven months pregnant at the time of the incident and had previously been employed by Miller.
“Neither he nor his attorney showed up. We had four witnesses. What we were told was really ugly,” Chaney said.
Miller told the Paulick Report he was never interviewed by California Horse Racing Board investigators or notified of the hearing.
Miller admitted to the Paulick Report, “I did something I shouldn't have done” but said the former employee was in his shedrow “doing something she shouldn't be doing.”
Miller added, “I apologized to her, and she apologized to me. I also bought her baby a stroller. She dropped the complaint and the stewards continued with it after we made peace. That's the real story, that the stewards insisted on going forward, due to their animosity toward me. This is more about the stewards trying to get me than anything else.”
Previous “disorderly conduct” rulings against Miller involve disobedience toward racing officials, security and an altercation with the regulatory veterinarian.
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