09/25/2016 1:08PM

Miyadi suspended in aftermath of altercation with Solis


ARCADIA, Calif.- Trainer Steve Miyadi was suspended by the California Horse Racing Board on Sunday after the regulatory body ruled that a recent altercation between Miyadi and Alex Solis, a jockey and racing board commissioner, was a violation of a stipulated agreement reached this summer.

Miyadi was arrested at Santa Anita on Friday after pushing Solis to the ground following a disagreement between the two that morning concerning a recent 30-day suspension Miyadi served for a medication violation found in one of his runners in December 2015.  Friday, Miyadi was charged with battery by the Arcadia, Calif., police department and released.

The racing board began suspension proceedings against Miyadi on Friday and announced the decision in a statement Sunday morning. Miyadi will be suspended until a hearing is held regarding the altercation with Solis.

Miyadi was at Santa Anita on Sunday morning. He said he was informed of the racing board’s action from other trainers and had not been contacted by officials within an hour of the announcement. He left Santa Anita shortly before 9 a.m. on Sunday.

“I’m shocked,” he said. “I’ve got one horse left to train, but I’m leaving.”

Miyadi said he was attempting to reach an attorney on Sunday morning for legal advice.

The racing board announced the suspension in a two-paragraph statement signed by executive director Rick Baedeker. The suspension began on Sunday and bans Miyadi from racetracks and stable areas under the jurisdiction of the racing board.

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In its decision to enact the suspension, the racing board cited a clause in California Business and Professions Code that stated if Miyadi, as a racing board license holder, were to continue in his capacity as a trainer “without restrictions, (he) would endanger the public health, safety or welfare.”

In a two-page declaration that accompanied the suspension, racing board staff counsel Philip J. Laird wrote that Miyadi’s actions puts members of the racing board who attend races at Santa Anita “at risk due to their roles in adopting the recent Stipulated Agreement to suspend Miyadi’s license and place him on probation.”

Miyadi cannot start any horses during the suspension. No hearing date had been scheduled as of Sunday morning.

Miyadi was fined $5,000 and served a 30-day suspension from Aug. 7 to Sept. 5 after Run for Retts tested positive for the prohibited substances methamphetamine and amphetamine in the $100,500 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos last December. During the suspension, the stable was operated by Miyadi’s assistant, Mark Rheinford.

The penalties were part of a stipulated agreement between Miyadi and the racing board during the summer. Miyadi, 59, was suspended 180 days, but 150 days of the suspension were stayed provided he does not violate the terms of the stipulated agreement. Another aspect of the agreement stated Miyadi cannot have any positives for medications in classes 1, 2, or 3 for a one-year period, beginning Aug. 7.

Miyadi has won 1,440 races with a stable based primarily in California. This year, Miyadi has won 32 races. He had one win at Los Alamitos on Saturday, but did not have any starters on Sunday’s program. Miyadi has one stakes win in the last five years, Grazen Sky in the Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in May 2015.