10/03/2016 3:28PM

Gulfstream satisfied that Hunter indeed training his horses


Gulfstream Park officials have decided to allow Allan Hunter to continue to train 12 horses at the Florida track following a probe into whether a suspended trainer was overseeing his operation, a top official of the track said Monday.

Hunter, who has been linked to the suspended trainer Marcus Vitali, was required to disperse approximately 20 horses to other trainers as a result of the probe, which was led by Gulfstream general manager P. J. Campo. Those horses were dispersed to trainers in states outside of Florida, Campo said.

Gulfstream began the probe two weeks ago following allegations that Vitali was overseeing Hunter’s operation. Vitali, who recently reached an agreement with Florida regulators to serve a 120-day suspension for seven medication violations earlier this year, began transferring horses to Hunter during the summer from a stable he was maintaining while in Maryland.

Campo said that Hunter had furnished payroll records, billing statements, and workers’ compensation forms indicating that the 12 horses were exclusively under his care and were not connected to Vitali, Campo said. Hunter has started 68 horses this year, with 12 wins and $207,373 in earnings.

“We did our due diligence,” Campo said. “We thought we’d give Hunter another chance. He has proven that he is the trainer.”

Under the agreement, Hunter was allowed to start a horse on Saturday at Gulfstream. The horse, All Hands Up, a first-time starter, finished eighth at odds of 27-1.

The Hunter probe was one of two launched by Gulfstream seeking to determine if trainers based at the track were receiving instructions from a banned trainer. Shortly after Gulfstream officials acknowledged that they were investigating Vitali’s ties to Hunter’s horses, they also began a probe into whether the banned trainer Kirk Ziadie had connections to horses trained by his father, Ralph Ziadie.

Campo said that Ziadie has furnished the track with records regarding his horses. Track officials plan to review those records over the next several days before deciding whether to order Ziadie to disperse any of the horses, Campo said.


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MsTBredRacing 21 days ago
They are basically letting him run the horses that didn't start ever under Vitali. Still same Vitali owners. Smoke and mirrors. I agree with you 100%. They will so the same for R Ziadie. Kirk was on grounds and helping his father all summer. Tacked up a horse in public view as well. One day the state laws will change but until then business as usual. They only care about #'s. Short sighted in every way. Who wants to be an owner when you are up against crooks? 
Ean Ennis 21 days ago
So why is a suspended trainer allowed on the grounds.
MsTBredRacing 20 days ago
He's not supposed to be. That's the problem. 
DavidM9999 21 days ago
Did GP investigate the bank records of Hunter to see if Hunter is paying Vitali? Any large or steady cash withdrawals. How many times a day or week are Vitali and Hunter communicating? I suppose they talk about the Miami Dolphins struggling. In the end if it walks like a duck, quacks likes a duck its a duck. Bar both men forever. Gamblers won't miss them and I suspect the horses won't either.
Bruce Epstein 21 days ago
Wait a second, a good part of this game is "handicapping" the supposed crooked trainers.  I have cashed a lot of good tickets on Marcus this past year.  Learn how to handicap all aspects of the game and you will make money.
MontrealKen 21 days ago
It would be a much better and healthier  game if there were no supposed crooked trainers for you  to handicap. While cleaning up racing might negatively impact your personal bottom line, which appears to be your sole concern,  there are larger issues involved.
Bruce Epstein 20 days ago
Ehh, Ken, Woodbine is a perfect example of this.  You and I and especially the racing governing bodies, can't change the nature of the game. I love to play Woodbine, but the exacta and tri payoffs seem low to me.  
realgooddogtoo 21 days ago
That is good for Gulfstream in investigate what is going on with "program trainer", now is New York turn to do the same, because I'm sure there is a few "program trainers" up there now in operation .
Bruce Epstein 21 days ago
Hello, they have been doing this for years, our game is not full of the new buzz word