America's Race Tracks and Racing Boards are Just as Guilty of Animal Neglect . . .

markinsacmarkinsac Member
edited March 2014 in General Interest
In the rush to convict the Steve Asmussen barn of animal cruelty, there are several other players that need mentioning. From Charlie Hayward of NYRA to Joe Harper of Del Mar, from Frank Stronach to Cliff Goodrich, From Penn National Gaming to Churchill Clowns, from Emerald Down to Tampa Bay Downs, from Retama Park to Parx, from Colonial Downs to Delta Downs, from Remington to Stockton, from Turf Paradise to Turfway, from Oaklawn to Keeneland, from TVG to HRTV, from DRF to Equibase, from Mike Smith to Gary Stevens, from Joel Rosario to Calvin Borel, from Steven Crist to Gary West, from CHRB to Pennsylvania Gaming Commission , , ,

You and others are guilty of looking the other way while lame horses were forced to run . . . and you knew it. Despite the howls of suspecting bettors, a few good trainers and a small minority of journalists,


Horse racing, not PETA should have been doing it's own investigation.

This is an indictment on the powers that be. You can't change the cheaters until you change yourselves.

I want to mention some of the people who have fought hard for this moment to come. I'll start with a guy who kicked me off of his website, Ray Paulick. Regardless of what he may think of me personally, I admire him sticking his neck out on the line. He had a lot to lose, but he did it. Andy Beyer has never shied away from the words: CHEATING TRAINERS or ILLEGAL DRUGS. He has written several stories on the subject. This has left Andy somewhat of a pariah in the industry. But he put the good of the horses and sport before his own good. Bill Finley of ESPN. Bill revoked his Hall of Fame vote on Asmussen. But he has also mentioned the dysfunction going on in the industry countless times. Joe Drape of the NY Times has no problem exposing the nasty underbelly. I have re-read some of his past articles. He doesn't want to end horse racing, he wants to reform it. And there many, many more good gals and guys fighting the good fight.

Before we come together, I need to hear from some of those mentioned in the first paragraph, not with a statement like: "We take these allegations very seriously. We have always acted swiftly to protect the horses and bettors."

No, I want to hear, "We blew it!"

Because how can we move forward if you aren't going to start being honest. So far, you haven't. It's hard to have your eyes wide open when your head's in the sand.


  • Jeff Gural of the Meadowlands Harness is the ONLY guy out there who has excluded cheating trainers. He's the only one why has an investigator go out to the racing farms and drug test. He's also the only one with a brand spanking new grandstand.

  • markinsacmarkinsac Member
    edited March 2014
    Let me mention the Mosses too. Jerry Moss used to be a member of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). He quit the board, citing he had other obligations to take care of. I believe Mr. Moss knew of the rampant corruption going on and wished to longer be part of it.

    John Shirreffs stated to the press that he was leaving California because the leadership was going in the wrong direction and that he was disappointed.

    While I admire them for leaving the sinking ship, how about speaking up next time?

  • Ray Paulick Tweet: I wish CHRB commish Bo Derek would show as much interest in catching cheaters as she has on posting nice pictures on FULL STORY Peta


    Governor, I want to bring to your attention the issue of horse racing and the California Horse Racing Board. I'm sure you realize that the industry has fallen on hard times. Some of the problems arise from competition from Indian gaming. But a lot of the problems are the within the industry itself.

    When a race horse trainer violates the medication rules, rules put in place to protect the horses and bettors, the CHRB usually just slaps them on the wrists. Sometimes there are suspensions, but usually just fines. There have been countless experts claiming that some trainers also use illegal drugs that testing labs haven't been able to detect. Many of California's top trainers have over 20 violations. Of course, they are the ones who win the most races.

    There have been many rumors that the CHRB is too cozy with those they are supposed to be regulating. It is believed that favored trainers are given a warning before their barns are raided.

    When the latest scandal broke out over the PETA video showing a prominent east-coast trainer neglecting his horses, your commissioner, Bo Derek, instead of issuing a statement promising reforms, posted pretty pictures on twitter. I guess she just hopes the issue just goes away.

    I speak for many frustrated individuals in this state who have seen this racing board act in ways that are unbecoming. It's time to clean house and find a whole new board equipped with people who know how to do the job and act like the regulators they are supposed to be.

    Another thing, I find it a huge conflict of interest when board members are allowed to own race horses. How do you lay down a fine or suspension of somebody you employ? How do you order the purse money rescinded, when it's your purse money?

    Thank you for your time,

    Markinsac, Zenyatta dot com

  • markinsacmarkinsac Member
    edited March 2014
    I want to mention that Penn National and Parx DID ban one trainer:

    Remington bans trainers:

    Charles Town bans trainer, WVRC reinstates her:

    Note: I don't have a problem with reinstatement if they serve the proper sentence.

    But do high-profile trainers EVER get banned? I can only think of one, Richard Dutrow. I doubt Parx or NYRA would ever ban Todd Pletcher. Is that fair?

    Read about Doug O'Neil:

    The "Oops, wrong horse defense . . . "

    Remember back when I'll Have Another was in the 'Derby picture but his trainer, Doug O'Neil was serving a suspension? How will it look if one of Asmussen's horses win this year. Would the headline read: TRAINER UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD WINS THE RUN FOR THE ROSES

    Belmont instituted a receiving barn for Belmont Stakes participants in an effort to keep an eye on them. Some of the big boys complained. Jerry Hollendorfer: "Taking a race horse out of it's element isn't a good idea. The receiving barn will make the horse feel uncomfortable . . . " Jerry, you are correct, but it's a bit more comfortable than lying on the track with only three working legs.
  • My question - are these training methods used by most trainers? I am sick over this. Personally I think that Dutrow AND Asmussen should be banned from racing. My passion for horses is so deep and I can not stand to think this kind of abuse happens on all levels of racing. If it does then I will sadly have to walk away.

  • I bet the horses for 40 years, I didn't walk away, I ran! But I'm hoping to return as a casual fan and bettor once again. That day is still far away.

  • Will the scandal affect the 'Derby Presented by Yum! Brands?

    In 2012, The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands attracted a record crowd of 165,000. Last year the crowd dropped to 151,000. I expect further erosion this year.


    While West complains the NY Times is pro-PETA and anti horse racing, he admits the Times did a story on the uproar over animals being killed at PETA headquarters in Norfolk, VA. You mean they didn't show a bias, Gary?

    Back in 2012 before I'll Have Another was to start in the Belmont (he was scratched) West talked about the drug problem or non-problem. He said the drugs in racing today are therapeutic and help keep the horse healthy. Besides, testing is so advanced, nobody could possibly get away with it.

    Um, Gary, have you ever heard of illegal drugs that labs can't detect? You failed to mention that point. But a propagandist isn't supposed to. But that 2012 article is like watching a ping pong match. While admitting that racing has a drug problem to make him sound legitimate, he also says racing has no drug problem.

    2012 article:

    And when he ends his latest article with the quippy statement: "There needs to be an investigation--of PETA" I cannot help but feel sorry that one of racing's appologists just stuck another nail in the coffin.
  • markinsacmarkinsac Member
    edited March 2014

    Frank Monteleone supposedly bought his owners two race horses from Europe. When the owners showed up to watch them train and workout, the horses they were watching were imposters. Those European horses NEVER left Europe.

    The CHRB doesn't suspend Monteleone's license. Read the article, it's insane. Unless you work for the CHRB, then it's business as usual.


  • PAULICK TWEET: Janine, CHRB now controlled by owners and trainers not interested in (a) clean sport.
  • markinsacmarkinsac Member
    edited March 2014
    While Bo Derek posts pretty pictures on Twitter, the NY Gaming Commission announces there will be 72-hour security before the Wood Memorial.

    The only good thing about the CHRB is that they would make awesome soap-opera characters.

    This is surreal.

  • Oh yeah, I really am not a gloating person. But I'm going to take a time out for a second and say, Markinsac, you've fought hard for what you believe in. You never gave up and at last there's some vindication to your crazy theories.

    Although nobody on this forum has come forward and thanked me for being persistent, and that bugs me a little bit, I'm going to say:

    Job well done! Keep it up and try not to make ememies, but to bring people together for the common good.
  • markinsacmarkinsac Member
    edited March 2014
    Q & A with Joe Drape:

    He wants accurate accounting on the death rate on race horses. Does that sound like he's trying to close down horse racing? I will be showing any article I can find from Joe Drape.

    From 2009, Drape reports that the owners of Derby horses don't want to talk about drugs:

    Here's his The Rail Blog from the NY Times. Ordinary stuff:

    Here's a description of Joe's book, "The Race for the Triple Crown that was well received by readers. Doesn't sound like he wants to close down racing:

    Drape talks about I'll Have Another's physical condition before the Belmont Stakes:;

    Former CHRB chairman, Richard Shapiro, comes forward with a scathing critique of Drape:

    Shapiro sounds intelligent on the issues and states his case. Shapiro even admits he's against the industry's overuse of drugs. Shapiro actually sounds ethical.

    Too bad he had a conviction for keying an owners car in the Hollywood Park paring lot:

    Here's the video:

  • I used to think Bo Derek was the greatest animal advocate, but she is turning into a horrible disappointment. What is she even thinking about? She just looks foolish at this point.

  • Well in the above post, there's an article of former CHRB chairman keying an owner whom he didn't like's car. Well read this article Louise, it's a doozy.


  • In this article, trainer Jeff Mullins points out that the CHRB intentionally tried to railroad him. Even though they had a weak case and made procedural errors, the CHRB continued to pursue Mullins. Some do admit it was a hatchet job. You see, Mullins wasn't liked by favored trainers because he came to southern California and started winning too many races. I guess they felt he had better dope than they had. Mullins DOES have violations in his past, but this case is rotten to the core:

  • California Equine Medical Director, Dr. Rick Arthur shouldn't have expressed his opinion, even though he's the state's leading veterinarian and it's his job to save the lives of horses. Arthur speaks out against Lasix:

    The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) immediately crafted a plan to end the tenure of that snitch. How dare he speak out against drugs? The TOC planned to tell the Breeders' Cup to find another state if they eliminated Lasix.

    Lasix is somewhat of fetish to the TOC, Gary West and Steven Crist, who claim they love horses. So when the bill to end his career came up here's what happened:

    It's interesting that this merry band of horse owners know more about performance-enhancing drugs than the state equine medical director.


    In a very suspicious move, Dennis Hutcheson, executive secretary of the board, throws out three dirty tests claiming lack of confidence with the testing lab. But there were four dirty tests. Why didn't throw out the fourth one?


    Now that the cat is out of the bag, some of the good people should feel a bit safer to talk about just how cheating trainers operate. I've mentioned how back in the day, a low-integrity trainer would buy his owner a harness horse from New Zealand for $20,000. Only he'd tell the owner the horse's selling price was $35,000. He'd give the seller a cut to keep him quiet.

    The backstretch at California race tracks is like a sovereign nation. If somebody is caught sleeping with another trainer's wife, the rumors will fly. But NOBODY, and I mean NOBODY is to talk about cheating and drugs. I've talked to one horse owner on the circuit and he was threatened. He said he quickly got out of the game.

    But if you look at the way the CHRB has handled it's own business with backroom deals and favorite trainers, why should the backstretch worry about oversight? It's the oversight that needs oversight.

    Can anybody name another state's racing board that even comes close to what the CHRB has done?


    Now that those who cheat are finally being cornered, how can you recognize who they are? Simple. Listen to the words they use:


    Legal therapeutic medications

    Witch hunt


    Altered video

    There's bad apples in every bunch

    Yes, horse racing has many drug problems, but . . .

    He wants to close down racing!

    Meaningless overage

    I'm not omniprescent, omnipotent or omnipoopoo


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