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Del Mar: Gaines suspension to begin Thursday
By Jay Privman
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.
I don't know much about Carla. So I'd like to know if this is a witch hunt or is Carla really dirty?
Is Quinn a licensed Trainer?
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?
bad jockey on a drugged horse in a 5 horse feild and i still cant win, not good!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gave "female" horses Testosterone??? BINGO Yahtzee C ya!
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