07/31/2013 3:41PM

Del Mar: Gaines hands reins over to assistant Quinn


DEL MAR, Calif. – Trainer Carla Gaines sat in the Del Mar grandstand at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, watching a few of her horses go through workouts. In many ways, it was a typical morning for Gaines, answering phone calls while overseeing the action on the racetrack.

It was also the last such morning for Gaines until the end of August.

Thursday, Gaines began a 30-day suspension for a medication violation from 2012. She will be eligible to resume normal activity with her stable on Aug. 31, days before the conclusion of the Del Mar meeting on Sept. 4. During her absence, her assistant trainer, Jerry Quinn, will assume control of the stable at Del Mar.

Gaines said that Quinn has been part of her staff for the last six months.

“He worked for me at Santa Anita and he’ll come down here now,” Gaines said.

Gaines was suspended and fined $2,500 last month after two of her runners tested in excess of the permitted level of testosterone at Betfair Hollywood Park and Del Mar within a seven-day span in 2012.

A hearing was conducted by stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer and Tom Ward at Hollywood Park in late May. They recommended a 30-day suspension and a $2,500 fine, penalties ratified by the California Horse Racing Board on July 18.

Gaines, through attorney and fellow trainer Darrell Vienna, launched an appeal in late July. Tuesday, she failed in an attempt to gain a temporary restraining order in Los Angeles Superior Court that would have allowed her to continue training until an appeal was heard. Racing board chairman David Israel had previously denied Gaines’s request for a stay of the suspension.

Wednesday, Gaines said she planned to spend the day contacting clients and making last-minute arrangements to leave her stable for 30 days.

Quinn takes over a stable that could have several runners in stakes in coming weeks. Irish Art, entered in an optional claimer on Thursday, is a candidate for the $200,000 Del Mar Mile on Aug. 25. Gervinho, who won a division of the Oceanside Stakes on July 17, is likely to make his next start in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 1, just as Gaines returns to the stable.

Wednesday, Gaines worked the 4-year-old filly Winding Way, who was one of the two female horses found to have excessive levels of testosterone in July 2012. Winding Way won the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Stakes here last August and could start in the same race on Aug. 18 for Quinn.

– additional reporting by Jay Privman

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Is Jerry Quinn a Licensed Trainer in California - or does he become one as a result of the Ruling against Gaines?
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
Darryl Vienna complains as much or more about the trainers who "cheat" and as soon as one gets a penalty he is the first one to appeal on their behalf to the CHRB or the court system, I have no idea why?? As an excuse for a 6% win rate?? If I had horses with him I would pull them all, and if I get beat by Gaines I fire him loudly. If his record as a lawyer were the same as his record as a trainer he'd be disbarred
Gomez More than 1 year ago
Vienna is about 15% lifetime, what is the winning percentage of your trainer?
Walter More than 1 year ago
Nowadays, It seems like Vienna is more concerned with his legal practice than his training duties.
realquiet8 More than 1 year ago
what about Drug O Neil and Steroid boy Mullins? They have been popped an insane amount of times and deserve to be shut down. The CHRB is the worst! Be consistent and suspend EVERYONE who gets popped and maybe, just maybe they will get it and stop doing this to the horses. Bottom line for Carla is she owns whatever happens in her barn and the horses under her care.
Pale Rider More than 1 year ago
This is one of the worse things that can happen to a trainer. Now she is branded as a cheater. I don't know what the real story is but she is responsible and takes the hit. I don't think she will lose any clients but will have to overcome this hit!
mikey More than 1 year ago
Every penny her runners make while she is out will be given to her under the table.
Walter More than 1 year ago
I would love to know the real story here. Is this a witch hunt? Or, is Carla dirty?
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
She's handing her training operation over to a guy who has been on her staff for only 6 months? Seems odd to me.
Rick Evers More than 1 year ago
Just not right, for a trainer that has always been clean.
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
This is a woman that gave TESTOSTERONE to female horses?? Get a clue!
mikey More than 1 year ago
So you think every trainer gets 1 free druging.Wish i knew when that 1 time was.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
always been clean or never been caught?
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
This woman is a Class Act. She will Be Back.