06/14/2013 4:47PM

Letters to the Editor June 16

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Punishing vet leaves another party untouched

Racing fans can only hope the recent 90-day suspension handed down in the case involving Dr. Orlando Paraliticci ("Veterinarian takes 90-day ban," May 30) is part of a compromise for his truthful testimony and cooperation. The entire episode is shrouded in mystery and a lack of transparency. While the wagering public is told investigations are still being conducted, trainer Jane Cibelli has avoided any form of penalty.

The racing management hierarchies of Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park saw no reason to ban her, and now Monmouth Park has allowed their former leading trainer back on their grounds. Innocent until proven guilty, I say. What is more guilty than having your veterinarian caught in the act by a state official, especially in a state where rules dictate you are ultimately responsible for the horses in your care? Tampa Bay Downs should have immediately suspended her from entering horses at its meet. By failing to do so, the track lends credibility to rumors she was being protected by someone in management.

If Ms. Cibelli did not authorize the procedure, a stiff fine and penalty should be forthcoming to ensure she, and other trainers, properly conduct the business of the equine athletes they are entrusted to manage. If the facts reveal she gave the order, then prosecution under the law for attempting to affect the outcome of a parimutuel event is required. To quote from Ms. Cibelli's own letter to the editor, "Complaint over ban sounds false note to concerned party," published Sept. 20, 2009,: ". . . if you blatantly break the rules, then you have to be prepared to pay the consequences."

Anthony J. Perrotta Jr. - Red Bank, N.J.

Matt Zebriski More than 1 year ago
Several things are even more troubling: First, Cibelli's owners seemingly support her, evidenced by the fact that through the early weeks of the Monmouth meet, she was the leading trainer in terms of horses entered. When are these owners going to abandon their "win at all costs" attitude and start doing the right thing and giving horses to trainers that play by the rules? By the way, since getting caught Ms. Cibelli is 3 for 51 at Monmouth Park, so winning when you HAVE to play by the rules is not so easy is it? More importantly, Monmouth Park is becoming the poster child for "petrie dish" training, and the dolts that run the race track, led by the overly pompous and geriatric Bob Kulina, are content to let their product go to hell in a hand basket provided they keep getting to suck money out of the deal. Ramon Moya, a second rate assistant with Bruce Levine, is now on track to become a Hall of Fame trainer as he wins at a 40% clip. Like Maker, Kreiser, Rodriguez and others, this guy comes from virtually nowhere and suddenly starts beating everybody. "He goes to the spit box after every race," but to be naive enough to believe these guys aren't ahead of our industry testing is a travesty. Watch the races, his horses just don't stop!!! Hey Mr. Kulina, you will NEVER be in anyone's Hall of Fame, but if you continue to allow Moya, Navarro, and Gonzalez to run ruffshod over your racetrack, they will be!!!
Jon Cohen More than 1 year ago
Well said. Perhaps these jurisdictions will take notice and realize that the public has not and will not forget this incident. Their feet dragging in handing out the appropriate and justified punishment will not make this incident go away. Cibelli was apparently caught red handed, and the fact that she has gone unpunished months later is a travesty, and should be an embarrassment to the regulators responsible. The fact that she had the temerity to write such a letter to the editor, bashing the violators in Florida for not being punished swiftly and harshly enough is both ironic and amusing. Her words...... "If you blatantly break the rules then you have to be prepared to pay the consequences. Let's face it, this is not even a case of getting a little to close with a daily medication by accident"
wolves More than 1 year ago
Seems th e mug runcher hit a cold spell after the Oops incident