09/27/2011 5:04PM

California racing board sanctions five officials


ARCADIA, Calif. – The California Horse Racing Board has sanctioned five racing officials for an incident in July when an incorrect order of finish was briefly posted after the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Stewards Luis Jauregui, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward have been suspended for three days, which the board described in a statement as having the stewards’ work schedule “reduced a total of three days.” The penalties were determined by racing board executive director Kirk Breed in consultation with the racing board’s stewards committee, chairman Keith Brackpool and vice-chairman David Israel.

Placing judges Robert Moreno and Kevin Colosi have been fined $750 each, following a hearing by stewards at Los Alamitos.

The incorrect payoffs were posted after the A Gleam Handicap on July 16, leading to superfecta wagers being cashed on the wrong combination.

Initially, the toteboard showed a winning combination of 5-4-8-7 by Irish Gypsy, Ultra Blend, Tanda, and Washington Bridge. But after a review from stewards and placing judges, the order was revised to reflect that Mildly Offensive had finished fourth. The correct winning combination was 5-4-8-6.

Mildly Offensive finished a nose in front of Washington Bridge for fourth place.

The incorrect information was posted on the tote board and on television monitors for approximately two minutes before racing officials caught the mistake, stewards said at the time. During those two minutes, $2,588 was paid out on the incorrect combination at racetracks and simulcast locations in California, according to Hollywood Park officials.

It was not known how many dollars was paid out on the incorrect combination at venues outside of California, track officials said at the time.

The incorrect superfecta combination was displayed as a payoff of $847.80 for $1. Most superfecta tickets are sold in 10-cent increments, which would have been worth $84.78 on the incorrect combination. The $1 payoff on the correct combination was $611.30, or $61.13 for $10 cents.

Unzip Me heads Maddy

Unzip Me, the winner of three sprint stakes on turf this year, will be favored in Friday’s $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes over about 6 1-2 furlongs on the hillside turf course.

The third race on a nine-race program, Unzip Me is part of a field of six that includes three other 2011 stakes winners – Givine, Separate Forest and Tanda.

Majestic City to have new rider

Garrett Gomez will be the new rider for Majestic City when he makes his next start, in the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 8, according to Jeff Bloom, the managing partner of the group that owns Majestic City.

The Breeders’ Futurity was chosen because it affords Majestic City another week compared to running this Saturday in the Norfolk, Bloom said.

David Flores was aboard for Majestic City’s previous starts, including the Del Mar Futurity, in which Majestic City was disqualified from second to third after fouling Creative Cause.

“He came out of that bumper-car incident unscathed,” Bloom said Tuesday. “We got incredibly lucky.”

Bloom was at Hollywood Park on Tuesday to watch Majestic City drill five furlongs. He went in company, finished about three lengths in front of his workmate, and his time of 1:01.80 was designated breezing by the clockers.

“That was picture-perfect,” said Bloom, a former jockey. “He went nice and easy.”

* Ask the Moon, the winner of two Grade 1 races at Saratoga during the summer, worked a half-mile in 49.40 seconds at Santa Anita on Tuesday. She starts in Saturday’s $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes.

The Factor, the winner of the Grade 1 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 28, worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds on Tuesday, preparing for a start in the Ancient Title Stakes here on Oct. 8.

– additional reporting by Jay Privman