09/25/2015 1:16PM

Couton gets a second chance and runs with it


AUBURN, Wash. – The events that brought Julien Couton to Emerald Downs began Sept. 6, 2014, the day he was arrested in California on charges of domestic violence against his girlfriend. Over the following six months, Couton spent 16 days in a Los Angeles jail and countless hours before the California Horse Racing Board before criminal charges were dropped this spring. By then, the damage to his reputation in Southern California, self-inflicted as it may have been, was irreparable.