03/22/2013 12:07PM

Charles Town stewards suspend trainer Shanyfelt for one year


West Virginia trainer Doug Shanyfelt has been suspended one year after the stewards at the Charles Town Races deemed him guilty this week of circumventing the state’s racing rules by serving as a “program trainer” for a fellow trainer who was under suspension.

Charles Town steward Danny Wright wrote Thursday in rulings filed with the West Virginia Racing Commission that Shanyfelt illegally assisted Scooter Davis by entering and running Davis’s horses under the guise of Shanyfelt having trained them. The violation was committed while Davis was under a six-month suspension that ended Feb. 21.

The ruling cited video evidence supplied by Penn National Gaming, the owner of Charles Town, that showed Davis transporting horses by van to a property in close proximity to the track. From there, Shanyfelt then took the horses to the track to run them.

The ruling read that Shanyfelt “knew or should have known a disqualified person was heavily involved in the day-to-day arrangements of his stable operation.”

The filing against Davis alleged he “is on video clearly showing his involvement in arrangement related to the care, custody, and control of horses under the trainership of Doug Shanyfelt” and that Davis showed “blatant disregard” for the rules of racing by doing so.

The stewards further ruled that Davis has been denied a reissuance of his trainer’s license for an indefinite period and that two other men implicated in the incidents, Billy Ray Davis (father of Scooter Davis) and Cliff Tuomisto, also have been suspended 45 days.

Last month, Scooter Davis and Shanyfelt were ruled off at Charles Town after Penn Gaming exercised its proprietary rights. Shanyfelt continued to run horses at Mountaineer during that period and entered this week as easily the leading trainer so far this year with 14 wins at the Chester track.

Shanyfelt has won 645 races since he began training in 1998. His suspension is scheduled to go into effect Monday, although he and the other men have the right to appeal to the racing commission.

N Lad More than 1 year ago
What a disgrace! One year is lenient. This is criminal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the suspensions of doug shanyfelt and scooter davis were long expected.....both parties are equally guilty on these incidents....both should be suspended for life.....each was equally aware of the other party's involvement.......each were fined several times on "bad testing" for their horses......where was the disciplinary action during these actions.......why did stewards, judges and officials turn their heads??????? mmmmm making money, perhaps?????? this is what gives our racing industry a questionable standard.......i urge all trainers and owners to request a life time suspension for these two gentlemen..........then we will rekindle our faith in the "sport of kings"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
in the "sport of Kings" you play .......you pay.......question ......why has it taken so long for these trainers to finally be discovered?????? this blatant action was ignored for some time............maybe the proper officials at these "tracks" will give the credit where the credit is due.....and start paying attention the rules.............
scott More than 1 year ago
It's a criminal game, run by and for criminals. The state of American "horse racing" today.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Cheater's never prosper, karma boys, get ya every time.
N Lad More than 1 year ago
Not in US horse racing.
mnlatemodelfan More than 1 year ago
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mnlatemodelfan More than 1 year ago
I had the nice at the mountain tonight boxing two Sanyfelts and a Davis---
David Rose More than 1 year ago
CRASH N BURN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
he won 4 races at MNR tonite ! 12 this week
BombsawayBob More than 1 year ago
Beyond the absurd idea that Davis & Shany thought they could get away with this in this day & age (("i'll park the van under the Denny's Sign in the back of the Lot, drop him back off here an hour after the 9th race")), i can't believe Shanyfelt has only 645 wins. It feels like he's had that many the past 3 years at the Mount.