03/22/2006 12:00AM

CHRB Committee to recommend hearing


ALBANY, Calif. - The California Horse Racing Board's Medication Committee on Wednesday decided to recommend at Thursday's California Horse Racing Board meeting to waive the 72-hour rule for protests and allow a hearing on the medication issue surrounding Intercontinental's victory in the Grade 2 Palomar at Del Mar on Sept. 3, 2005.

The Eclipse Award-winning mare received a Lasix shot inside the four-hour limit for such shots. When the information became known, her victory was allowed to stand, although the incident was deemed "a clear medical violation" for which she would have been scratched had the information been available prior to the race.

Subsequent protests were rejected for lack of a "timely application" within the 72-hour window as allowed by law.

If the Board accepts the committee recommendation, it would allow for a hearing in a bid by Marsha Naify and Woodside Farms LLC, owners of runner-up Amorama, for a redistribution of the purse.