10/29/2013 2:16PM

Breeders' Cup: Guillot apologizes to Lukas over Travers accusation

Barbara D. Livingston
Will Take Charge (left) beats Moreno by a nose in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes in August.

At a press conference following Monday’s post-position draw for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Eric Guillot, the trainer of Moreno, apologized to D. Wayne Lukas, the trainer of Will Take Charge, for accusing Lukas’s rider, Luis Saez, of carrying an electrical device during the Travers, in which Will Take Charge beat Moreno by a nose.

Will Take Charge and Moreno, who also finished first and second in the Pennsylvania Derby, are part of a 12-horse field entered in Saturday’s Classic.

Guillot and Moreno’s owner, Michael Moreno, filed a formal complaint with the New York Gaming Commission, which, following a detailed, monthlong investigation, issued a report calling the accusations “wholly unsubstantiated.”

Though he apologized, Guillot said he would do the same thing again based on what he saw in a video of the gallop-out sent to him by his brother, Chip.

Lukas accepted the apology and said, “It’s time to turn the page.”

Guillot said he attempted to apologize to Saez, but that Saez’s agent, Richard DePass, wouldn’t let him. DePass said he didn’t believe Guillot’s apology was sincere.

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Debbie Poggensee-Cherney More than 1 year ago
I watched it over and over, I do believe the jock had a device. They decided to let it go, so be it. Let's move on, and Moreno nor Take charge will win .Lukas wants to move on because he knows the jock was wrong, why do you think he switched to this jock?
Rob Tolliver More than 1 year ago
The agent is right that the apology wasn't sincere. Guillot makes that clear when he said he would do the same thing again based on what he saw in a video of the gallop-out.
Kram Hslew More than 1 year ago
His brother Chip, Christ sakes how long do have to listen to this buffoon?
Kram Hslew More than 1 year ago
I believed his accusation completely. Now he recants and I look like a fool. Wouldn't be surprised to see this as a ploy for more shenanigans in the BC Classic. Just sayin'.
Michael More than 1 year ago
I actually believe Moreno has a shot if he can shake free and SA has a speed bias going on but if he's hooked he is definately toast.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
they cleared saez so its over,,and now the law suits begin. Wait what no law suits?..i guess everybody just wants the whole episode to go away. Understandable can you imagine the fall out if they found a buzzer at Saratoga a month before the breeders cup brutal..
mike More than 1 year ago
Good for Jockeys Agent! Apology comes week of BC-if he was sincere, he should have done it sooner-why class act-he made a ridiculous accusation, he should be barred from Saratoga for such stupidity-he did nothing for horse racing but make it a joke-
James More than 1 year ago
At least the Miami Herald was sincere when they apologized to Funny Cide's connections. 'I'm sorry I couldn't prove that you cheated.' isn't an apology.
Ryan Cale More than 1 year ago
wouldn't let him apologize because he didn't believe it was sincere? that really does make people in horse racing sound mature and businesslike. I told a "non-horse racing" friend of mine the story and he said "sounds like junior high. and you want me to gamble on that?" he didn't care about the accusation because Saez was cleared. and because there was actually an investigation.
Lefty More than 1 year ago
Well, I am glad they both buried the hatchet here! Lets all get on with it!
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
One of the worst trainers with good horses in the game..
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Best post this week