08/11/2013 4:46PM

Del Mar: Gaines can attend races while serving suspension


DEL MAR, Calif. – Even though trainer Carla Gaines is serving a 30-day suspension, she is allowed to attend races, according to the language of her ruling, which was clarified in a series of letters in recent days between the California Horse Racing Board and her attorney, trainer Darrell Vienna.

The Gaines situation became a cause celebre at Del Mar on Saturday, when she was seen at the races near the paddock at around the time Glorious Luck was winning the ninth race. Glorious Luck, a homebred for former racing board chairman John Harris, is now trained by Jerry Quinn, who has taken over Gaines’s horses during her suspension. Glorious Luck had raced twice for Gaines, winning both times.

Data released by the racing board Sunday show that last week, Vienna asked for clarification on the terms of Gaines’s suspension. There was nothing in the original ruling barring Gaines from being at the track. Robert B. Miller, racing board counsel, informed Vienna in a letter dated Thursday that Gaines could be at the track in areas accessible to the public – such as the stands – but not those areas where a license is needed – such as the stable area.

Gaines is under suspension for having two of her horses test positive for excessive amounts of testosterone last year. That ruling was made in late July. The ruling was adopted by the racing board after originally being made by Del Mar’s stewards and was issued by the board.

Nowhere in the board’s ruling does it say Gaines cannot be on the grounds. There is language in the ruling that says a licensee is automatically barred if a suspension is for 60 days or more, but Gaines’s was for 30 days through the end of August.

Thomas Cicatello More than 1 year ago
So why can't we get Babe back to watch races at Toga too ?
jttf More than 1 year ago
there are no laws in california.
Barry Lushan More than 1 year ago
She is hot
Mark Rose More than 1 year ago
What a joke!!!!
Rob More than 1 year ago
Only in California!!
mikey More than 1 year ago
2016 for president Carla and A-ROD they have a lot in common.The slogan will be NOT ME..
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
Complete joke, but, being horse racing, not surprised at all.
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Good for Carla ,shes put tons of work into her horses ,ordered a supplement from the internet that has an unknown banned substance in it and was suspended.She,s taking her punishment for her mistake ,but the owners and horses shouldn,t be penalized.Continue to have a Great meet Carla!
mikey More than 1 year ago
You must think Rick Dutrow could be the next pope.
nick More than 1 year ago
Gee, isn't that what all the pro athletes say, they just took a supplement and didn't know what was in it? I'm sure the horses don't know what's in it, but it is her JOB to know. Sounds like she was riding a bus with the Durham Bulls, learning all her cliches. The next one is "I'm just trying to drug 'em one horse at a time, and the good Lord willing Noone will find out." (My apologies to "Crash" Davis.)
mikey More than 1 year ago
You do not think she might tell Quinn what to do.These rulings have become a real joke.She sits with the owners and her replacement and calls the shots.Racing will never clean up this game they just find new ways to take it to a lower level.Why not let every trainer use whatever they want and let the best cheater win.
Steve Schnell More than 1 year ago
what a joke...