07/30/2013 9:28PM

Del Mar: Gaines suspension to begin Thursday


DEL MAR, Calif. – Trainer Carla Gaines is set to begin a 30-day suspension on Thursday, the result of having two of her female horses test positive for an excessive amount of testosterone in July 2012.

Gaines on Tuesday ran out of legal maneuvers to stop or delay the suspension. Her request for a temporary restraining order in Los Angeles County Superior Court was denied by Judge Luis Lavin. She was represented by trainer Darrell Vienna, who is also an attorney.

Del Mar’s stewards last week suspended Gaines for 30 days and also fined her $2,500 due to the excessive testosterone tests. California Horse Racing board chairman David Israel subsequently turned down a request for a stay, leading to the bid in Superior Court.

“I’m at a loss to understand these decisions,” Vienna said Tuesday, referring to the suspension and subsequent denials of stays.

Gaines has a horse, Irish Art, entered in the featured seventh race on Thursday at Del Mar. Usually in circumstances like that, where a trainer is suspended after a race has been drawn for their horse, transfers to other trainers for that horse in that race are denied.

But stewards do have the option to grant the transfer, and on Wednesday, Del Mar’s stewards – Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward – allowed Irish Art to move to new trainer Jerry Quinn and will allow Irish Art to race for Quinn on Thursday.

Gaines had no horses entered for Friday’s races, which were drawn on Sunday.

Among Gaines’s top horses is the 3-year-old Gervinho, who won a division of the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar and has been pointing to the La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 10 and the Del Mar Derby on Sept. 1. He is owned by former racing board chairman Keith Brackpool, now the chief executive of Santa Anita.

Walter More than 1 year ago
I don't know much about Carla. So I'd like to know if this is a witch hunt or is Carla really dirty?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
witch hunt
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Is Quinn a licensed Trainer?
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
what is most bothersome to me, TRAINER Darryl Vienna complains very loudly about trainers who "cheat", however LAWYER Darryl Vienna is the 1st one that runs to court or appeals suspensions against trainers who "cheat" . As an owner if I had horses with him I would move my horses. Would be pretty bad if I ran 2nd to a horse trained by an accused trainer who Darryl got a stay of suspension for!! Thoughts?
kim More than 1 year ago
bad jockey on a drugged horse in a 5 horse feild and i still cant win, not good!
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
Trainers are sometimes the scapegoat, when suspended for substances in a post race test. It can come from so many unrelated sources, such as a substance on a grooms hand while putting a tongue tie on a horse before the race., or a trainer using a feed supplement, that inadvertently was mixed incorrectly. In an effort to protect the unknowing betting public, the racing industry has put safeguards in testing, that can qualify the most minute substance in a horses post race test. You, who think these crooked trainers are so bad, don't have a clue, as to the measures that are taken to safeguard your two dollars.
HayesLance More than 1 year ago
Jim, It doesn't matter how the contamination happened, it is ultimately the trainers responsibility to make sure it doesn't. These actions will help level the playing field. Hopefully the post race testing keeps up with all the cheaters out there.
michael More than 1 year ago
Typical response to the bettor, the hell with your two dollars. How many two dollars tines x have the cheaters taken in reality who do it on purpose.,Direct your derision towards them.
Margaret Cowan More than 1 year ago
Jim, what kind of world do you live in?
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
CA racing is a joke to all in the sport. Long downfall highlighted by closing of HP. Average 5.5 horse fields, who bets on these races. No wonder the pick 5 and 6 are so popular in CA. You can't bet on each race with only 5 or 6 horse fiedls. I'd like to see Baffert come east and see if he would do so well against 8-9 or 10 horse fields. I feel best CA trainer if Jerry H.
HayesLance More than 1 year ago
Bruce, You obviously haven't checked out Del Mar? 8.8 horse fields and the biggest handle in the Country. Not to mention the best sporting atmosphere out there Quit bashing and come join the party.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bruce- Lance doesn't speak for me. We have enough clueless types already in Cali (the cabal of the CHRB a glaring example). Stay on the East Coast and enjoy the pure class and unerring body that is the NYRA. - Dale
nancyb More than 1 year ago
Troubling that the split sample results were so different and that the infraction is a metabolite of a permitted substance. Seems like a flimsy case to me.
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
yes, but that is looking to deep for this pitchfork lynch mob.
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Del Mar pays to bring no chance horses in from inferior race tracks that have little chance to win,and they are suspending Carla Gains one ofthe most honest,and best trainers on the groundswith many of the best horses we can watch and bet on, for a minor infraction from a supplement bought off the internet.why do we spend our hard earned money for an inferior product $10 beers ,$15 to park.i admire fellow trainer and her lawyer Darrell Vienna for saying He,s at a loss to understand these decisions.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Vienna could not make it as a trainer so he felt that he can defend the cheaters and do better.
Csun More than 1 year ago
Guess that John Harris and his $40 steaks couldn't bully the CHRB on this one. Cheaters, especially ones with connections to high profile owners, deserve the harshest punishments of all.
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
Gave "female" horses Testosterone??? BINGO Yahtzee C ya!