05/31/2006 12:00AM

California board retains Vienna


Darrell Vienna, an attorney and active trainer, has been retained by the California Horse Racing Board as a consultant and will work with the board to launch a continuing education program for the board's members and staff, the racing board announced Wednesday.

Vienna, who operates a stable based at Santa Anita, will assist the board on seminars for employees and developing uniform rules for penalties. The development of a manual for stewards and investigators regarding rules and procedures is being considered, according to the board.

In a statement, the racing board's chairman, Richard Shapiro, said that "as a condition of his arrangement with the board, Darrell may continue to train horses, but he cannot represent licensees before the board, and will not participate or provide any input or counsel on any matter in which he has an interest."

Vienna, 59, previously argued cases on behalf of fellow trainers before the racing board.