In the mistaken identity case of two Karl Broberg trainees at Remington Park, the Board of Stewards has officially disqualified each wrongly identified horse, both from the eighth race on Sept. 4 and the fifth race on Sept. 16. As a result of a hearing on Tuesday, the board also handed Broberg a $10,000 fine for each of the offenses, or $20,000 total.
Two cases of horses running under the wrong name at Remington Park in September were originally reported by the Paulick Report on Sept. 17. According to the Oct. 24 Stewards Order from Remington, the board's investigation officially revealed that in the fifth race on Sept. 16, Broberg entered 4-year-old gelding Collateral Kitten, but the horse who ran under that name was actually the 6-year-old mare Onemorefastdance. In addition, Broberg entered Onemorefastdance in the eighth race on Sept. 4, but the horse who ran under that name was instead Collateral Kitten.
On Oct. 13, the ownership of Collateral Kitten pleaded “no contest” to their horse running in place of Onemorefastdance on Sept. 4. The gelding, who had finished fourth, was disqualified and ordered unplaced as a result. All awards were ordered returned.
Also on the 13th, the ownership of Onemorefastdance pleaded “no contest” to their horse running in place of Collateral Kitten on Sept. 16. The mare was disqualified from her first-place finish and ordered unplaced, and all awards were ordered returned.
Testimony from Broberg's Remington Park assistant Artemio Rameriz-Esparza revealed that both Onemorefastdance and Collateral Kitten were shipped in to Remington “sometime in August, 2017” from Lone Star Park. Rameriz testified that he had never trained the two horses before, and that he had mistakenly misidentified them via their foal papers and tattoos. Broberg was reportedly not present at that time. Each horse was placed in a stall with the other's name written on tape near the door, and each was trained as the other until the mistake was revealed in the test barn on Sept. 16.
Additionally, a coggins report drawn by veterinarian Danny Millar on Aug. 20 was found. It stated that Collateral Kitten was a 4-year-old filly, though the identification markings match the brand on the left hip of Onemorefastdance.
Broberg was not present for the hearing on Oct. 24, though he had informally met with with the Remington Park Board of Stewards and Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission attorney James Rucker prior to the date. During that meeting, Broberg waived his right to a hearing verbally and pleaded “no contest” to each of the mistaken identity charges.
As a result, the board fined Broberg $10,000 for each case of mistaken identity, the Sept. 4 race in which Collateral Kitten ran in place of Onemorefastdance, and the Sept. 16 race in which Onemorefastdance ran in place of Collateral Kitten. The cited violations included the “Trainer Responsibility Rule” and rule for “Horses Ineligible To Start In A Race.” Broberg's total fine for the mix-up will amount to $20,000.
On Oct. 6, the Paulick Report revealed that steward David Moore was believed to have been working as horse identifier on Sept. 16, while Walter Orona, the regular horse identifier at Remington, was believed to have been working on Sept. 4. Sources told the Paulick Report that Kelly Cathey, the commission's executive director, performed the duties of horse identifier for a week in late September.
On Oct. 9, Cathey gave the Paulick Report the following statement:
“The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission staff has completed the investigative portion of the matter regarding recently misidentified horses. These events brought forth a review of long standing procedures and protocols which have since been revised to better ensure shortfalls such as these do not occur in the future. Both the identifier and the steward acting as identifier were suspended for seven working days without pay, beginning immediately after the September 16th incident.
“While we cannot comment on the actions of the trainer and his staff prior to the scheduled Stewards hearing, the OHRC takes responsibility for its role in these matters. Myself and staff members understand we are charged with protecting the public, as well as industry participants from intentional or inadvertent violations of our Rules.
“On behalf of the OHRC, I extend our sincerest apologies to all who may have been negatively affected by these events and assure them that our duty to provide the highest standard of regulation over racing at all race tracks will be met.”
The full text of the Oct. 24 Stewards Order is available here: 17-RP-119
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