The Stewards’ Minutes are a day by day record of the of the behind the scenes happenings at the racetrack. They can be accessed online in California. Below is a small sampling from a much longer list of warnings and violations that were issued in 2016 at the Del Mar Racetrack (a few incidents are from other local Southern California tracks). Violations range from minor infractions (having unauthorized “ladies” in the restricted jockey area, or showing upon late to a weight check), to more serious violations including drugging, and over-whipping horses.
07/17/162 D’AMATO Informal Hearing
Trainer Phil D’Amato and his assistant Rudy Cruz met with the Stewards to discuss an incident that happened yesterday in hisshed row one hour and fifteen minutes prior to post time of the fifth race. Safety Steward Luis Jauregui witnessed Mr. Cruz entering the stall of runner “Toowindytohaulrox”who was in the fifth race. Luis Jauregui followed Mr. Cruz into the stall and confiscated a tube of the oral medication “STRETCH RUN”. Mr. Cruz stated he was going to give the paste to another horse that was working the next morning and he ducked into the runner’s stall to help a groom with a blanket. There was no lid on the tube of paste. What had occurred was not a rule violation, but if the medication had been administered the horse would have been scratched and a complaint would have been filed.
DMTD Ruling #005
Trainer PETER EURTON, who worked out the horse UNAPOLOGETIC on July 2, 2016 (48 hours after being placed on the Veterinarian's List), is fined FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00)* for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1866(B)(Veterinarian's List – may not work out for 72 hours after being placed on list [sick]).
07/21/163 MIYADI Ruling
After several months of Board of Stewards monitored negotiations, the CHRB and trainer STEVE MIYADI came to an agreement to settle Mr. Miyadi’s horse’s methamphetamine positive complaint (case number SAC16—26). We approved the settlement and issued the following ruling which memorialized that settlement:
DMTD Ruling #008 — Owner/Trainer STEVEN MIYADI, who started the horse RUN FOR RETTS, who finished third in the eighth race at Los Alamitos Race Track on December 5, 2015, having entered into a Settlement Agreement with the California Horse Racing Board is fined FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00)* and suspended for ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY (180) DAYS pursuant to California Horse Racing Board Rule #1887 (Trainer to Insure Condition of Horse) for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1843(a)(d) (Medication, Drugs and Other Substances – Amphetamine 5.9 ng/ml and Methamphetamine ‐ 13.8 ng/ml).The suspension will be stayed for ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY (150) DAYS and STEVEN MIYADI will be placed on probation for ONE (1) YEAR subject to the terms and conditions of the Stipulated Agreement. Actual THIRTY (30) DAYS of suspension are to commence on August 7, 2016, through and including September 5, 2016. During the term of Suspension, all licenses and license privileges of Steven Miyadi are suspended and pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1528 (Jurisdiction of Stewards to Suspend or Fine), Steven Miyadi is denied access to all premises in this jurisdiction.
07/21/164 HESS/GRIFFIN DECISION
After carefully considering the medication case heard the last week of Santa Anita, we came to the decisions regarding both trainer BOB HESS and his veterinarian Dr. MICHELE GRIFFIN.This case involved the inadvertent treatment of a runner with bute rather than Lasix. The majority felt that Mr. Hess could not have prevented the mistake and therefore dismissed the complaint (case number 16SA0073), while Steward Baker voted for a warning. We unanimously believed that Dr. Griffin violated CHRB rules and regulations (case number 16SA0158) and therefore issued the following ruling:
DMTD Ruling #009 — Veterinarian MICHELE GRIFFIN, who treated the horse MOONLIGHT MEETING improperly prior to the running of the fourth race on March 18, 2016 at Santa Anita Park is fined ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000.00)* for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1845(e) (Authorized Bleeder Medication – Failed to treat with Furosemide— Overtreated with Phenylbutazone).
07/22/161 FILM REVIEW
DMTD Ruling #12 — Jockey AGAPITO DELGADILLO is fined ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00)* for violation of the California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(B)(6) (Use of Riding Crop – more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond – first offense in the last sixty days), during the fourth race at Del Mar Race Track on July 21, 2016. Jockey ALEX JIMENEZ was represented by jockey OMAR FIGUEROA this morning regarding his ride in the fourth race yesterday during which he used his whip excessively in the process of winning. Video showed multiple violations and one instance in which he used his whip 7 times in succession without giving his horse the chance to respond. Mr. Jimenez claimed through his representative that he hadn’t ridden for a while and forgot the rule when he found himself on the lead with a tiring horse. We felt that Mr. Jimenez simply disregarded the rule in an effort to do what he thought he needed to win the race. Therefore, we issued the following ruling:
DMTD Ruling #13 — Jockey ALEX JIMENEZ is fined FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00)* for blatant violation of the California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(B)(6) (Use of Riding Crop – more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond – multiple violations in one race), during the fourth race at Del Mar Race Track on July 21, 2016.
07/23/161 FILM REVIEW
Apprentice jockey CHAD LINDSAY came to the office as directed to review his ride in the second race yesterday. Mr. Lindsey clipped heels going into the first turn and we wanted to advise Mr.Lindsay that he should have taken back a little earlier than he did when he saw the problem developing. Jockey BRANDON BOULANGER came to the office to review his role in the above-mentioned incident. Mr. Boulanger angled in, while not clear, causing his rival to clip heels. Mr. Boulanger acknowledged his mistake. In a close decision, we voted to issue a warning, as there were a few contributing factors. Jockey TYLER BAZE came to the office to review his whip use in the fifth race yesterday. As Mr. Baze neared the wire, he used his whip approximately seven times in succession. He acknowledged his mistake but said he was trying to win the race (he finished second). We issued the following ruling:
DMTD #014 — Jockey Tyler Baze is fined FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00)* for blatant violation of the California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(b)(6) (Use of Riding Crop – more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond – multiple violations in one race), during the fifth race at Del Mar Race Track on July 22, 2016.
07/30161 JAMIE THERIOT FILM REVIEW
Jockey Jamie Theriot appeared in the stewards’ office in order to review his ride aboard #3 Chicago’s Angel who finished first in yesterday’s third race which was contested at a distance of one (1) mile on the main track. The stewards’ were concerned about Jockey Theriot's use of the crop in the final furlong of this race. Film review of the tight pan shot shows Theriot actually flag (show) his riding crop five (5) or six (6) times to his mount without striking her. All present (Theriot and stewards) felt his mare responded better to just seeing the riding crop.
RULING DMTD #025 — Jockey MARTIN PEDROZA is fined ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00)* for violation of the California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(B)(6) (Use of Riding Crop – more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond – first offense in the last sixty days), during the second race at Del Mar Race Track on August 3, 2016.
Norberto Arroyo met with the Stewards to discuss his use of the crop in the third race yesterday. Mr. Arroyo said his mount was lazy and he forgot about the rule after his horse started to respond. Hopefully the following ruling would help remind him in the future.
RULING DMTD #026 — Jockey NORBERTO ARROYO, JR. is fined FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00)* for blatant violation of the California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(b) (6) (Use of Riding Crop – more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond – multiple violations in one race), during the third race at Del Mar Race Track on August 3, 2016.
Apprentice Austin Solis met with the Stewards to discuss the use of his crop in the sixth race yesterday. He stated he knows the croprule, but got excited in the moment of his long shot mount running well and violated the rule. He was hoping for a warning, but the following ruling was issued.
08/07/163 SOLIS RULING
The following two rulings were issued after Mr. Solis reviewed the race in which he violated the rule twice. He stated the horse was lugging in and he didn’t realized he overused his crop. He was also penalized for missing the film review. In fact, Mr. Solis called the office after the designated time for review posted in the jockeys' room.
RULING DMTD #034 — Jockey ALEX SOLIS is fined THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($300.00)* for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(b)(6) (Use of Riding Crop – more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond – first and second offenses in the last sixty days), during the third race at Del Mar Race Track on August 5, 2016.
08/07/166 PERIBAN FORMAL HEARING CASE #16SA093
The CHRB filed a complaint against trainer Jorge Periban for a violation of CHRB rules #1844 (c)(2) (Authorized Medications), #1887 (Trainer or Owner to Insure Condition of Horse), #1843 (a)(d) (Medications, Drugs and Other Substances) #1843.1 (b) (Prohibited Drug Substances). Present for the hearing before the Board of Stewards were Jorge Periban, Investigator Jim Hamilton representing the CHRB, and recording the proceedings, court reporter Michell Derieg. Mr. Periban’s trainee “Angel’s Journey” raced and finished first (through a disqualification) in the fifth race on April 10, 2016, at Santa Anita Race Track. The post‐race sample was analyzed by U. C. Davis Laboratory and found to contain the Class IV drug Flunixin (93 ng/ml); a split was sent to Industrial Laboratories and the results were 111 ng/ml. The test did show a level of Lasix in the urine and a Phenylbutazon level in excess of 2 mg/ml but below 0.5 ug/ml. which is below the level for a double NSAID violation. Veterinarian Confidentials show a flunixin injection was given by Dr. Blea on April 8, 2016 and a Phenylbutazone injection was administered on April 9, 2016, at 10:30 AM. Mr. Periban testified he has no idea how the overage occurred, he doesn’t have the paste form of the medication in his barn. He said his private veterinarian administers all medication for racing. The complaint package was entered into evidence and the hearing was closed. Decision to follow.
08/10/161 PERIBAN RULING
After considering the evidence from the Periban hearing Sunday, we issued the following ruling:
DMTD Ruling #037 — Trainer JORGE PERIBAN, who started ANGEL'S JOURNEY in the fifth race at Santa Anita Race Track on April 10, 2016, is fined ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000.00)* for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1843(a)(d) (Medications, Drugs and Other Substances), #1887 (Trainer to Insure Condition of Horse), and #1844(c)(2) (Authorized Medication –Flunixin in excess of permitted level 93 ng/ml – second offense in 365 days).
Jockey MARTIN PEDROZA came to the office to review his whip use in the seventh race yesterday. Films showed that Mr. Pedroza struck his horse in the mouth. He acknowledged the use but claimed that his horse getting out badly and that he was concerned for safety. We explained that unless there is some imminent danger, this use of the whip is contrary to our rules.We therefore issued the following ruling:
DMTD Ruling #042 — Jockey MARTIN PEDROZA is fined TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS ($200.00)* for violation of
California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(1) (Use of Riding Crop – misuse ofcrop in the race), while riding CLEVER ROYAL in the seventh race at Del Mar Race Track on August 10, 2016.
08/13/162 STUTE HEARING
Trainer GARY STUTE came to the office for a formal hearing into case number 16DM020 which alleged a high bute in one of his horses after a work for removal from the veterinarian’s list (“Blooming Hannah” on July 17, 2016). Mr. Stute believed that the overage occurred because the horse was on a daily dose of bute and received a dose for the workout. The level and his record made him eligible for the warning which he received.
08/14/164 MUDARIS HEARING
We held a formal hearing into case number 16SA154 which was a complaint filed against trainer MIKE MUDARIS alleging a double NSAID administration (bute and banamine) as well as a dexamethasone overage in one of his runners. His explanation was that he must have mixed up feed tubs because his runner should never have had those medications. Present at the hearing were this Board, Mr. Mudaris, CHRB Investigator Jim Hamilton, and court reporter Michelle Derieg. We heard testimony and entered documentary evidence into the record and brought the hearing to a close. Ruling to follow.
08/18/164 TED WEST JR. COMPLAINT (CASE # 16SA178)
A formal hearing was held today for Trainer Ted West Jr. U.C. Davis Laboratories found the Class 4 drug Phenylbutazone in the official blood sample of the West trained Wife Approved, who finished sixth in the seventh race at Santa Anita Race Track on June 24, 2016. The level in the test sample was reported at 3.39 UG/ML. The maximum level should contain no more than 2 micrograms per milliliter. Along with the stewards present today were CHRB Investigator Jim Hamilton and Court Reporter Michelle Derieg (Weinstein Court Reporters LLC). Trainer West had previously received a $250.00 sanction in October 2005 for a high phenylbutazone (4.54 UG/ML). Trainer West told the Stewards he has recently retired from racing. He testified on the telephone today and thanked the Board of Stewards for our working with him in years past. Decision to follow.
Ruling DMTD #66 — Trainer TED WEST JR., who started the horse WIFE APPROVED, sixth place finisher of the seventh race at Santa Anita Race Track on June 24, 2016, is fined is fined TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00)* pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1887 (Trainer to Insure Condition of Horse) for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1843(a)(d) (Medication, Drugs and Other Substances – Phenylbutazone in excess of permitted level [3.39 ug/ml – Class 4]).
08/24/163 D’AMATO HEARING CASE #16DM054
The CHRB filed a complaint against trainer Philip D’Amato for violation of CHRB rule 1890(b) (Possession of Contraband). After a routine barn search of Mr. D’Amato’s barn, a bottle of prescribed Regu-mate distributed to one of his trainees when stabled in Kentucky was discovered. The bottle returned to California with the horse with the label prescribing the medication outside of 24 hours before race time. CHRB rule 1843.5 (c) states, any drugs, medications, or any other substances shall not be administered by any means to a horse within 48 hours of the post time of the race in which the horse is entered. Mr. D’Amato explained that one of his trainees was prescribed the medication in question while in training in Kentucky and when the horse shipped back to California the medication returned with it. Decision to follow.
RULING DMTD #078 — Trainer PHILIP D’AMATO is fined two hundred dollars ($200.00)* for violation of California Horse Racing Board Rule 1890 (Possession of Contraband – out of state medication label with incorrect withdrawal period) pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rules 1864 (Labeling of Medications) and 1843.5 (Medication, Drugs and Other Substances Permitted After Entry in a Race).
08/26/161 JOCKEY FILM REVIEW
Kent Desormeaux was scheduled to meet with the BOS today but is riding out of town. He arranged for his wife apprentice Rosie Higginsto represent him to discuss his ride in the first race yesterday. There were three points of discussion. First, going into the turn near the 3/8 marker he pulled out in front of a horse and caused that one to check slightly; warning. Second, coming off the turn he pushed a horse to his outside out to make room for the stretch run, warning. Third, in midstretch, he drifted out and caused a horse to his outside on his heels to shift out; warning.
Ms. Higgins had her first lesson of how to defend a jockey in the Stewards’ office.
Gary Stevens met with the Board of Stewards to discuss the reason he pulled his mount up just inside the 1/16 marker in the fifth race yesterday. He stated the horse was having trouble breathing and was laboring in the stretch, in his opinion she flipped her palate in her throat which controls the air flow. He stated after he crossed the wire on the gallop out, she relaxed and began to breathe again. Her trainer, Matt Chew was questioned, he stated the filly is very nervous and this has happened to her in the past. The Stewards felt these were acceptable explanations.
Santiago Gonzalez and his valet Ozzie Ayala, present to translate met with the Stewards to review the eighth race on Sunday. After a view of the pan shot in slow motion, it was confirmed Mr. Santiago did stand up two strides before the wire and his mount was beaten a nose for third. Ruling to follow.
08/27/162 CERIN FORMAL HEARING CASE #16SA0176; CASE #16DM0006
Two complaints were filed against trainer Vladimir Cerin for violation of CHRB Rules 1843 (a)(b) (Medication, Drugs and Other Substances), 1844(f)(10) (Authorized Medication), 1887 (Trainer to Insure Condition of Horse) and 1843.1 (b) (Prohibited Drug Substances). Present for the hearing before the BOS were CHRB Investigator Philip Miyazaki, trainer Vladimir Cerin and recording the proceeding court reporter Michele Derieg. Violations occurred on June 19,2016 and July 3, 2016. Both samples were sent to U.C. Davis Laboratories and were found to contain the same prohibited drug, Methylprednisolone. It was explained that both runners in question had their hocks injected with Methylprednisolone. According to the veterinarian’s confidential reports the injections were 14 to 15 days prior to their race, which caused a level of, 346 pg/ml and 435 pg/ml in the two positives (limit 100 pg/ml). The RCI recommended withdrawal period is 21 days. The second offense occurred before Mr. Cerin was notified of the first.Decision to follow.
09/01/161 FILM REVIEW
Jockey JAMES THERIOT came to the office to review two races: (1) the seventh race from Saturday
and (2) the sixth race yesterday. In the first race, we reviewed Mr. Theriot’s whip usage in the stretch. He struck his horse four times in succession in early stretch and then later struck his horse four more times in succession (without a sufficient pause after the first two). He acknowledged both errors and simply explained that he is having some trouble adjusting to the rule, as he is new to California. We explained that most of the colony has had over a year to adjust and that it will get easier with time and experience. Mr. Theriot had one whip violation approximately 56 days ago. We considered this the second and third violation in the last sixty days and fined him for that third violation in the following ruling:
DMTD Ruling #086 — Jockey JAMIE THERIOT is fined THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($300.00)* for violation of California
Horse Racing Board rule #1688(b)(6) (Use of Riding Crop – more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond – third offense in the last sixty days), during the seventh race at Del Mar Race Track on August 27, 2016.
09/01/164 HOFMANS HEARING
We held a formal hearing into case number 16SA0177 today which was a complaint filed by the CHRB against trainer DAVID HOFMANS alleging phenylbutazone overage (2.87ug/ml) discovered in the post race sample of “Melatonin” who won the ninth race at Santa Anita on June 25, 2016. Mr. Hofmans trained “Melatonin” for that race. The CHRB presented documentary evidence and Mr. Hofmans explained that he did not have a solid explanation for the overage but surmised that the horse may have been accidentally given additional bute the night before the race. Given the
amount and Mr. Hofman’s very good record, he was eligible for and received a warning.
09/04/165 INQUIRY/NON STARTER
Following the running of ninth race, we posted the inquiry sign to examine the start of #7 Papa Papa Papa. That horse left the starting gate slowly. The Starter reported the horse stepped back as the gates opened. Video revealed that the assistant starter had one hand on the rein, one hand on the horses’ ear and that same ear in the assistant starters’ mouth. When the gates opened, the horse stepped back, slammed its head against the side of the gate and the assistant starter was very late in releasing the horse (rein and ear). We also spoke with the rider who affirmed that the horse was difficult in the gate. After reviewing the video, and speaking with the rider and starter, we unanimously voted to declare the horse a non starter. While the horse was somewhat to blame, we felt that there was too much involvement with the assistant starter that prevented the horse from getting a fair start.
11/17/163 JOCKEY FILM REVIEW
Fernando Perez met with the Stewards to review the sixth race on Sunday for a possible crop violation. While clearly out of the race, Mr. Perez used his crop three times. He stated the horse was green and he was trying to prevent it from propping. The Stewards felt there was not enough evidence following the review to verify his concern. He was advised, in the future if safety is an issue on awell beaten horse, to pull the horse up. He stated he understood and the following ruling was issued.
Ruling DFTD #004 — Jockey FERNANDO PEREZ is fined THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($300.00)* for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1688 (b) (4) (Use of Riding Crop – use of crop when clearly out of race) during the sixth race on November 13, 2016 at Del Mar Race Track.
11-18-161 CAMPUZANO RULING
The following ruling was issued after Mr. Campuzano admitted he forgot to register his trainee to race on lasix before entry time.
RULING DFTD #005 — Trainer LORENZO CAMPUZANO, pursuant to California Horse Racing Board Rule #1629 (Penalty for Late Declaration) is fined FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00)* for violation of California Horse Racing Board Rule #1845 (Authorized Bleeder Medication - treated withlasix - not registered bleeder) which resulted in the late declaration of ARACELI B C M D from the sixth race at Del Mar race track on November 13, 2016.
11/20/163 JOCKEY FILM REVIEW
Tyler Baze met with the Stewards to review the eighth race yesterday which involved an inquiry (ref-11-19-163).
The actions leading to the incident were reviewed and discussed and again blame for the contact made could not be placed on any one individual, warning. Santiago Gonzalez joined the Stewards to review his ride in the first race Friday. Mr. Gonzalez was warned to stay down through the wire as to not cost his mount a better placing when in contention for
fifth place or higher.Also he was reminded after lodging a claim of foul to dismount and go to the telephone to discuss the issue with the BOS. He stated he would follow both of those directions in the future. Stewart Elliot came to the Stewards’ office to review his ride in the seventh race yesterday in which he hit his horse on the nose with the crop near the finish line. It was obvious his horse was lugging out, and he stated his left arm was excessively tired from a horse in the previous race who also bore out. He also stated he didn’t realize this action was not allowed in California.
11/26/161 FILM REVIEW
Jockey STEWART ELLIOTT came to the office this morning to review his ride in the second race yesterday. He angled his horse out in the stretch and interfered with a rival who was to his outside and behind him. He explained that he just didn’t see the horse with whom he interfered. While this was a close call with respect to careless riding, we issued warning due to the fact that his rival was lugging in and virtually behind him when Mr. Elliott moved his horse out.
Jockey Agent Nelson Arroyo came to the office to review jockey SANTIAGO GONZALEZ’ ride in the second race yesterday. His mount was the subject of a jockey objection. Films revealed that Mr. Gonzalez appeared to drop in as the field entered the turn, interfering with a horse to his inside. Ultimately, hewas issued a warning because video was not entirely conclusive and Martin Pedroza who lodged the claim of foul actually was driving on the inside going into the turn.
Mr. Arroyo also represented his brother NORBERTO ARROYO for his stretch ride in the same race. Mr. Arroyo struck his horseleft handed while drifting out and while he corrected fairy quickly, we questioned the wisdom of hitting the horse in the first place especially when the horse is clearly getting tired. Warning.
THOMAS RAYMOND BELL II (REF:12-1-162)
DFTD RULING #021 — Trainer Thomas Raymond Bell II, who started the horse KRISTI’S COPILOT in the fifth race at Del Mar RaceTrack on August 11, 2016, is fined FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00)* for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1843(a)(d) (Medications, Drugs and Other Substances), #1887 (Trainer to Insure Condition of Horse), and #1844(c) (Authorized Medication, double NSAID – Phenylbutazone 0.82 ug/ml and Flunixin (6.4 ng/ml). The stewards called Trainer Thomas Bell II and informed him of the penalty listed above. This ruling was the end result of a formal hearing that was held in the Del Mar steward’s office yesterday.