08/07/2012 4:40PM

Del Mar: Racing board backs vet in Elivette case


DEL MAR, Calif. - The California Horse Racing Board has released a statement backing the decisions of track veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead in the handling of Elivette, who is the subject of a disputed claim after being euthanized following a race on Saturday.

Elivette suffered a fractured sesamoid bone and was euthanized after leaving the track. Under a newly enacted racing board rule, that meant that a claim on her by owner Demitrius Xanthos went through, but had Elivette been euthanized on the track, the claim would have been voided.

Former trainer Steve Rothblum, a bloodstock agent who represents Xanthos’s Fortuna Ranch Racing, said he was going to file a protest on the claim going through, believing the spirit of the new rule is that a horse whose injuries necessitate being euthanized should result in a voided claim. But he also said he believes the new rule is poorly written and “should be abolished.”

In a statement released by the board, Dr. Rick Arthur, the board’s equine medical director, said Stead made the correct call because “euthanasia is an irreversible decision.” Arthur said Stead followed the guidelines of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, which says all horses should be taken off the track and evaluated by a trainer’s private veterinarian unless “there is no reasonable alternative.”

The rule is scheduled to be addressed later this month at Del Mar, at either the board’s monthly meeting on Aug. 23, or the Aug 24 meeting of the board’s medication and track safety committee.

Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
I arrived at Del Mar for last weekend races . I attended the J . Sadler stable . I got to witness this race live in person . Elivette : looked and seemed very sound during the pre-race and warm ups . If you go view the race over and over , in my opinion : I believe that something MAY HAVE HAPPEN leaving the starting gate . And this came in result of a break-down in the stretch . Unless a person was there on the track to witness and see just what the problem was : Yes , then it should have been taken care of on the track . But at that time : it was uncertain , though seemed serious . I believe as uch as I hate to see it happen : The people gave Elivette a fair hand shake to see If can be saved or not ! This Has NOTHING To Do With The Claim as far as being taken off the track . That was the correct call . Like it or not . Wouldnt you want someone to try saving your life first with a full Evaluation : or would you prefer that your nurse just takes a guess and say "just euthanize" the person ! If this would happn to a human - what a law-suit . Used car lots - most of the places sell cars ( AS IS ) ! This issue is really being blown way out of line . HEALTH of the horses #1 ! So , do what ever it takes to be CRYSTAL CLEAR that the horse , colt , filly , gelding CAN NOT BE SAVED : then take the proper action . This was a job well done "By The Book" . Doug O'Neill sould really take his hat off to these Del Mar connections that did what was right ! In All Fairness
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Let Del Mar tell us what evaluation was done, where and by whom. Where was Elivette 'unloaded' from the horse ambulance and had she already been put down before unloading. If not, then where was she put down and where was the carcass left. Also, how did her blood and spit tests come back? So far they've just filled our boot and said it was raining.
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
I been around racing 50 years plus..Love the game...went thru college to be a steward etc...Raced.... Bred...and turned out to be one o the best handicappers around was consultant to racing stable, and we were #10 in the world for number of winners racing only 2 days a week..So there's my background..Now about the claim..I really feel if a horse breaks down during a race to the extent the horse is euthanized..the claim is VOID...Go buy a used car and drive it 2 minutes and the motor blows up...do you think the contract would still be honored with the dealership? Or... if you took the case to court because they would not refund your money ... that a jury... judge would not bring a verdict to your behalf??...It's a 2 way street... I ...but something has to be some type of protection clause..One idea.... if can be implemented..is to have some type of a Insurance that protects the claim..As it does not happen that often..... The California Board should contact some Insurance companies and see if it is pliable to do so...Might be a money making idea for the Insurance company.. One thought comes to mind thou is...What about the higher priced claims?.. Would Insurance be too high?? I have not seen that many deaths in my lifetime of racing off claims, so as I said ... maybe.. an Insurance company would like the idea... Something has to protect the claiments good faith.....Or simply put .... the claim is VOIDED and leave it at that...................
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
One of few ideas that make sense. In this instance though, the guy is out thousands and somebody has to be culpable.
JC More than 1 year ago
In answer to your hypothetical, no, you would not receive a refund nor would you win a judgment in a lawsuit if a used car you purchased blew an engine two minutes after you drove it off the lot. Not unless you had a specific written warranty, which you did not claim in your hypothetical. Buying a used car is a caveat emptor transaction. Let the buyer beware. The moment the transaction is complete, the buyer is 100% responsible for any future problems with the car.
jason h More than 1 year ago
You have to be kidding right Billy Wind ?
BILLY WIND More than 1 year ago
How about the "previous owners" of Elivette do something with class and return the $12,500? The "new owner" had no chance to have insurance on the racehorse. The spirit of the rule is lacking here and someone needs to stand up and show a bit of class. And the commission wonders why people are afraid to venture into horse ownership? Well, this is a perfect example of why not.
Ryan Jones More than 1 year ago
Insurance on a 12.5k claimer.. Are you for real? I don't support the decision, but your argument is terribly off base.
matthew_melton More than 1 year ago
I'm claiming one at Portland Meadows tomorrow for $1,600. I'm buying an insurance policy on him for 3 million... C'mon dude, are u serious with that nonsense? U don't insurance low level claimers
matthew_melton More than 1 year ago
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
that means they will never euthunize a horse on the track but take the horse off the track to do it...thus a claim for a horse goes through despite wording if he is euthinized on the track would void it,,which would never happen anyway
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Catch 222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222 +22
JeAnna Ramirez More than 1 year ago
Agree the rule should be abolished.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
We want to know more about this... I've been involved in this exact same scene. CYA Boys.