Trainer Gerald James is facing a one-year suspension in Delaware after officials say he took possession of a horse in his care, changed its name with The Jockey Club, and raced it under his own name.
Thoroughbred Daily News reported that a stewards' ruling accuses James of “false ownership/hidden ownership” and “alleged theft.”
James had trained unraced Jim DiMare homebred Wise Twitter during this summer's Delaware meet, along with a string of other horses for DiMare. At some point, James allegedly told DiMare the horse had a career-ending injury and he would place the horse in an off-track home. Instead, James is supposed to have written his own name on the back of the horse's foal papers (there had previously been no name there, since the breeder and the owner were the same). James then ran the horse at Delaware, where it finished up the track. DiMare recognized the horse and alerted authorities.
The TDN was unable to reach James for comment, but were told by Delaware officials that he offered a “wild story” when confronted about the horse's identity, and suggested he changed the name because he didn't like the original name.
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