06/14/2016 1:47PM

Kentucky commission to consider stay for suspended owner-trainer Umarov


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday is scheduled to consider a request by the banned owner-trainer Otabek Umarov to stay a 10-year suspension handed down by Kentucky’s stewards near the end of May.

The consideration of the stay appeared on an agenda for the Wednesday meeting that was issued on Tuesday. The materials for the meeting indicate that the commission’s executive director, Marc Guilfoil, denied the stay on June 8, leading to the appeal to the full commission.

Umarov was banned for 10 years by the stewards on the grounds that he refused to allow commission personnel to take an out-of-competition blood sample from a stakes winner he trained in late April while stabled at Churchill Downs. The stewards’ ruling claimed that Umarov exacerbated the situation when he surreptitiously ordered a stable employee to remove the horse from the grounds while stewards and other commission personnel attempted to resolve the matter.

Umarov, who is from Uzbekistan, appealed the suspension in early June. His appeal states that Umarov was denied due process during his hearing before the stewards because he is not fluent in English. In addition, the appeal states that Umarov refused to allow the horse to be sampled because the commission representative who initially showed up at his barn was not carrying an official form of identification or a signed order.

Umarov’s appeal also notes that the owner-trainer was sanctioned under out-of-competition testing regulations approved in 2010 that have not yet withstood legal scrutiny because Umarov was the first Kentucky licensee to be penalized under the rules.

“This is a complicated and apparently first-of-its kind case,” states the appeal, written by the experienced racing attorney Joel B. Turne. “Mr. Umarov should not be entirely deprived of his ability to earn a living until the case is finally adjudicated.”

If the commission denies the request for a stay, Umarov could appeal for a stay through state civil courts.

Ray Sousa 11 months ago
The other day i watched a documentary on cycling about LANCE ARMSTRONG and how he cheated his way to the top. for 4 years he could do no better than 34th then suddenly he won 5 in a row. one thing that shocked me was the revelation that doping was widespread and that the people in charge knew that ARMSTRONG was doping and told him to be careful .he then donated 100 000 dollar's to the organization to help " buy better testing equipment". the only reason doping became public was because the French police stopped a team vehicle and found a bunch steroids and needles. they then quickly conducted raids on the other teams and found more of the same. there was a big scandal and the industry promised a big clean up. 2 years later there was ARMSTRONG again going even faster than before climbing up a hill like he was descending. Super human .turns out he was again cheating only more aggressively. he now included blood transfusions just before the race. to observers the whole thing was now a joke. the reason i bring this up is the similarities in attitude that we see in horseracing. if a stable is winning and they have a few super athletes the industry is not really interested in exposing any cheating by them. If its a small trainer he will be used as an example .only not really. its all smoke and mirrors. Out of competition testing was supposed to be a new weapon against the use of steroids and in its first case it has already failed miserably. obviously the element of surprise is not there if a trainer can make the targeted horse disappear. the fact that this trainer took the extraordinary measure of taking the horse from the facility and hiding it somewhere else speaks volumes.it was not a simple case of im not letting you near the horse till you prove who you are, he took the horse off the property. by doing that he admitted guilt in my book. the fact that this trainer can get one of his athletes to go from a 5000 claimer to a graded stakes winner reminds me of ARMSTRONGS improvement. that the industry will grant him a stay and allow him to continue just as they have with RAMON PRECIADO at parx after that trainer had multiple positives for clenbuterol proves that they could care less about the bettors or the horses. PRECIADO continued to win and test positive through his stay and i suspect that might happen again here. at the end of the day everything ends in pizza and nothing changes.
Ray Sousa 11 months ago
What a joke horse racing is they can't even implement their own rules anymore.  Horse racing is dead. It has no credibility .none. Kee the dope trainers let this guy continue to turn  5 000 claim ears into stakes horses. There is already nobody in the stands and handle will soon be gone too. You are the only licensed gambling business that allows its customers to be fleeced .you allow the stars of the game the horses to be abused with drugs. You have created an industry with zero integrity. Nothing short of a 2 year closure followed by a governing body take over of all aspects of the sport .from testing to jockey oversight to strict regulation on doping will save this sport . Otherwise do everybody a favor and close every track and be done with it.
Eleanor Sniegowski 11 months ago
let him train back in Uzbekistan where his horses can glow in the nightime sky!