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Can They Do That? The Legal Precedent (Or Not) Behind Hollendorfer’s Exclusion

In the wake of announcements from The Stronach Group (owner of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Gulfstream in Florida and Laurel and Pimlico in Maryland), and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club that Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer would be denied stalls and entries at their facilities, readers have been asking […]

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Hollendorfer, California Thoroughbred Trainers File Legal Complaint Against Del Mar

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, along with the California Thoroughbred Trainers organization (CTT), have filed a civil complaint again Del Mar racetrack for being denied stalls at the summer meet that begins Wednesday. Thoroughbred Daily News reported that Hollendorfer’s attorneys would be in a San Diego court Thursday seeking an immediate restraining order to […]

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AQHA Champion Trainer Kearl Suspended 19 Years; Stroud, Sanchez Also Sanctioned

Reigning champion American Quarter Horse Association trainer Judd Kearl has been suspended 19 years and fined $110,000 by stewards in Texas after five of his horses tested positive for the Class 1 drug nomifensine – a human antidepressant medication taken off the market in the 1980s. Two other trainers were sanctioned at the same time […]

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Summary Suspensions Upheld In Texas Class 1 Drug Case; Vet Identified

Texas Racing Commission stewards have upheld summary suspensions of three Quarter horse trainers – including reigning AQHA champion trainer Judd Kearl – resulting from positive tests for the Class 1 drug nomifensine in May and June. A formal hearing was conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to hear evidence, testimony and arguments related to the July […]

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Quarter Horse Trainers Kearl, Sanchez, Stroud Issued Summary Suspensions In Texas

Texas Racing Commission stewards have issued immediate summary suspensions for three Quarter horse trainers – Judd Kearl, Jose Sanchez and Brian Stroud – who on July 21 were notified of alleged positive tests for the Class 1 drug nomifensine, an anti-depressant drug that was taken off the market in the U.S. 25 years ago because […]

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Court Of Appeals Overturns CHRB Sanctions Against Trainer De La Torre

In a precedent-setting victory for horsemen’s rights, the Court of Appeals today overturned the California Horse Racing Board’s 2014 findings of regulatory violations by licensee Jose De La Torre. In its holding the Court stated that the “allegations against and findings of regulatory violations by De La Torre had no legal basis, and the penalties […]

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Moving On: Vienna Retires From Training To Focus On Law Career

Darrell Vienna, who saddled over 1,200 winners and trained champion Gilded Time, retired from training earlier this year to concentrate fully on his equine legal practice. The Daily Racing Form reports that Vienna disbanded his stable in April, at the end of the Santa Anita winter meet. Vienna saddled his first winner in 1976. Over the years […]

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Judge: CHRB Can’t Enforce Los Alamitos Hair-Testing House Rule

On March 10, 2016, in Department 85 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Honorable James C. Chalfant, Judge presiding, granted Quarter Horse Owner Gustavo De La Torre’s petition for a writ of mandate directing the California Horse Racing Board to set aside its approval of the Los Alamitos Race Course “house rule” providing […]

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Si Sage Shocks Last Tycoon At 42-1

Longshot Si Sage unleashed a powerful turn of foot in mid-stretch to pull away from the field and upset the Grade 3, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes at odds of 42-1 Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Winless since a victory in France in October 2012, Si Sage tracked early leader Joes Blazing Aaron and pounced on […]

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De La Torre Banned Three-Plus Years, Fined $160,000 by CHRB

Quarter horse trainer Jose De La Torre, who was excluded from Los Alamitos by racetrack owner Edward Allred last December 31, has been suspended three years, plus 60 days, and fined $160,000 by the California Horse Racing Board for multiple medication violations for the bronchodilator clenbuterol. De La Torre, the second-leading money-winning Quarter Horse trainer […]

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