Ten months after a veterinarian was observed by special investigators treating horses within 24 hours of race time, stewards at Remington Park have taken action against the vet and two trainers. In stewards' rulings dated April 15, 2019, Dr. Joe Hadley Whiting was fined $6,000, trainer Clint Crawford was fined $4,000 and trainer Tyler Crawford was fined $2,000.
All three licensees pled guilty to two violations each and waived their right to a hearing. All were charged with violating an Oklahoma rule stating there should be no medication administered to horses within 24 hours of running a race. Whiting was charged with failing to report treatment within 24 hours of a race and failing to maintain medical records as outlined in Oklahoma rules. Both trainers were charged with failing to know medication rules and their horses' medication status.
As we reported in June 2018, the American Quarter Horse Association's Integrity Team observed Whiting treating horses in the barn shared by the Crawfords after the 24-hour cut-off for the June 2 races. The team of investigators reported their findings to the stewards on the evening of June 1.
Three horses trained by the Crawfords were scratched from the June 2 races, but both trainers were permitted to start other horses later on the June 2 race card. (Standard procedure in some jurisdictions would have been a summary suspension until a hearing could take place and the scratch of all horses in the affected barn.)
One of the horses permitted to run, Clint Crawford trainee Special Candy High, broke down in his race, the Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity.
Follow-up queries as recently as January 2019 revealed the investigation was still considered by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission to be “open” and there had been no hearings scheduled for any of the affected licensees.
A necropsy report on Special Candy High dated June 4, 2018, showed the 2-year-old suffered open comminuted fractures in the right knee and the left front cannon. A copy of the report, provided to the Paulick Report, shows no toxicology testing to check for foreign substances in the horse's tissues, in blood or urine samples that may have been available for extraction after he was euthanized.
Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission executive director Kelly Cathey told the Paulick Report post-race drug tests on three of the Crawford horses from the June 2 card came back with no violations. No testing was done on the syringes used by Whiting to treat the horses, nor were additional samples pulled from those horses on the night of June 1 to confirm what they had received.
Clint Crawford was leading Quarter Horse trainer at Remington Park in 2018, winning 46 races from 253 starts (18 percent).
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