10/04/2013 4:42PM

Luis Saez cleared of buzzer allegations in Travers win


Luis Saez did not carry or use an electrical device when riding Will Take Charge to victory in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse in New York on Aug. 24, and the accusation against the jockey by trainer Eric Guillot was “wholly unsubstantiated,” the New York Gaming Commission said in a report released on Friday following a month-long investigation.

The investigation included an unannounced search of Saez’s locker at Saratoga, interviews with all the jockeys in the race, and six searches of the Saratoga dirt track, including three searches using a magnet-carrying device attached to a tractor that is typically used to find nails or other metallic debris in the track, the report said. The investigation also included a review by the New York State Police of video footage of the race and of Will Take Charge’s gallop-out that showed “there was no foreign object depicted in the hands” of Saez, the report said.

On Friday at Keeneland, Saez said he was relieved the investigation was over, even though he said the accusation against him was baseless.

“I’ve never used a machine my whole life,” Saez said. “I’ve never cheated.”

The gaming commission launched the investigation one week after the Travers, when Guillot filed a complaint with the commission and the stewards, alleging that video footage showed an object dropping from Saez’s hands during the gallop-out of the race. Guillot, a native of Louisiana, is the trainer of Moreno, who was beaten a nose in the race.

In New York, the use of an electrical device in a race is a misdemeanor crime that could have landed Saez in jail for a year.

Horses can react unpredictably to the use of an electrical device, which is generally an open electrode that can be used to apply voltage to a horse’s neck. Jockeys and trainers who have used the devices say that horses generally need to be schooled with them to prevent them from bolting when the device is applied.

Investigators said in the report that an examination of the footage of the race from multiple angles failed to produce any evidence that a device was applied to the horse.

Will Take Charge is trained by D. Wayne Lukas, a Hall of Famer and one of the most renowned horsemen in racing history.

Four weeks after the Travers, Will Take Charge and Moreno squared off again, this time in the Sept. 21 Pennsylvania Derby. Will Take Charge beat Moreno again, but by 2 1/4 lengths.

Saez said that he did not believe his image, reputation, or career suffered as a result of the allegation.

“It hasn’t affected me,” Saez said. “My head is clear, and all of the trainers knew. They told me, ‘Don’t worry. We know you.’ ”

Marc More than 1 year ago
Jockeys and trainers who have used the devices, like for example "MANGUITA" and his trainers in southern CAL. are ruining the sport and should be sent to jail for a minimum of 5 years.
Con MacCarthy More than 1 year ago
If the glove dosen't fit you have to acquit,no physical evidence no case. It still provided some summer fun watching videos on the patio of Luis previous wins and the Travers,his body motions are completely different from his previous six wins at Saratoga,hands never come close to saddle pommel,and never is there hand motion like passing somthing back and forth.Then watch the Ambassador in the winners circle previous grade 1 wins and then watch him in the winners circle at the Travers. He watches the kid like a Hawk. Where is NCIS and Ziva when you need them. :)
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Gee I guess that settles it..NY racing is honest. Jockeys don't cheat, nobody ever uses a buzzer. Every horseplayer shows a profit well not all but most and everything is perfect...ho yes there are no drugs and no miracle trainers every thing is on the up and up...thank god they did not find the buzzer.
Christopher Clark More than 1 year ago
Haha, yea right they buzz and they take every advantage they can like the satire
greatabove007 More than 1 year ago
Ray your sarcasm is well founded regarding N.Y. racing, and I agree with you 100%. However it doesn't automatically make this young man Guilty.
tony zag More than 1 year ago
Why was Saez so shookup after the race? The interview couldn't even finish? There was an exchange of something from hand to hand on the gallop out, you would have to be a Whitehouse Page to miss that! All this covering up and covering each others six is astonishing. These comments below are phony as well . Anybody investigate the MONEY? A lot of money changed hands in this deal, but I can bet the NYSP didn't investigate any money or mutual irregularities?
Bau Ho More than 1 year ago
Jerk makes jerk comments.
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
I'll take the investigators word for it. I should have known. Guillot is about as horrible a trainer that there is. He's turned millions of dollars of horses into hundreds of dollars of horses. Poor Southern Equine. They lost a fortune with Guillot..
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
How many boo"s do you think Guillot will get come Breeders Cup Day ? Or will he even show up to saddle Longshot pace setter for a half mile Moreno.
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
Time for Mr. Saez to get a really good lawyer and play a little scorched Earth with Mr. Guillot.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Man with no class with a horse no class, took ten races to break maiden. Owes a Lukas an apology and Saez. This guy sucked in Cali and he Sucks now go check his stats, Numbers NEVER LIE
John Doe More than 1 year ago
yup..hes terrible. Guillot is so terrible, he struggles to win a race at Delta Downs.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
CONSPIRACY THEORIST are hurting right, they really wanted this one. OH I forgot they can cry COVER UP!!!! I HATE CONSPIRACY THEORIST!!!!! :€
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
People who gave me-1 must he CONSPIRACY THEORIST.HA HA HA
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Guillot, You and your brother almost ruined a man and his kin. Kharma mon f'rer... Kharma!