10/29/2013 3:16PM

Breeders' Cup: Guillot apologizes to Lukas over Travers accusation

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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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