A California owner has brought into question certain racing conditions/restrictions regarding a race on the Sunday card at Santa Anita.
According to a report in the BloodHorse, the sixth race on Sunday had the condition of being “restricted to trainers with 20 or less horses in their care in California.” The condition was designed to restrict entries to smaller barns in California.
The race was won by the Charles Treece-trained Overcomer, who edged Airfoil by a head. The protest was filed by Jason Jocher, who operates Power Hour Racing, which owns Airfoil. Jocher called into question the eligibility of Overcomer, saying that trainer Treece had more than 20 horses in his care at Los Alamitos, where he is stabled.
“I am protesting this race, as Treece has well over 20 (Thoroughbreds), per CHRB investigators,” Jocher wrote on the protest form. “Overcomer was not eligible for this race. (Trainer Jesus) Nunez also has 70 horses in (California) and was allowed to run (Dutt Bart, who finished last in the 10-horse field).”
Mike Marten, spokesman for the Cailifornia Horse Racing Board, told the BloodHorse that they did not have an official tally of the number of horses that each trainer had, but “an investigation into the matter was underway.”
Read more in the BloodHorse
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