12/07/2016 4:46PM

New York stewards fine Maker for taking recently claimed horses to Florida

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The New York stewards fined trainer Mike Maker for running two horses he recently claimed at Aqueduct in the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park last weekend. The fine was $3,000 but was reduced to $1,500 for Maker waiving his right of appeal.

Maker claimed Great Lou and Creaky Cricket at Aqueduct on Nov. 4 and 5. New York state law prohibits trainers from running horses out of town who were claimed at a New York Racing Association track until the meet at which the horse was claimed ends or for 30 days – whichever is longer – without first seeking permission from the stewards.

Steve Lewandowski, the steward for the state gaming commission, said Maker did not seek permission.

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Great Lou finished 10th in the Claiming Crown Express. Creaky Cricket finished fifth in the Claiming Crown Canterbury.