04/18/2016 4:40PM

Preciado loses dozens of horses to trainers Gargan, Zulueta


On Monday at Parx Racing, several of embattled trainer Ramon Preciado's owners transferred horses out of his care to Danny Gargan and Marcos Zulueta.

Gargan, who is based at Belmont Park, will be opening a second stable at Parx. On Monday, owners Barbara and Bill Hopkins and Silver Trail Stables were among the owners who transferred 32 horses to Gargan. The horses joining his stable include Trouble Kid, Amelia's Wild Ride, and Roxbury N Overton.

Another 12 of Preciado's horses were turned over to Zulueta.

"These are true transfers," said Sam Elliott, the director of racing at Parx. "Danny Gargan trains horses for the Hopkinses in New York. The Hopkinses are friends with the owners of Silver Trail Stables, who I understand tagged along. The horses going to Zulueta have been moved to his barn. Marcos now has an entire barn here."

The transfers leave Preciado with about 14 horses. He is facing a total of 270 suspension days for two clenbuterol overages at Parx last fall. Those positive tests were Preciado's fifth and sixth of 2015.

Preciado's lawyer, Thomas Pfender, appealed Preciado's suspensions to the Pennsylvania Racing Commission, and he was granted a stay. But Parx began refusing Preciado entries last week and ruled him off the grounds as of last Saturday. Pfender, however, appealed Preciado's ejection to the racing commission and was granted a writ of supersedeas, or a stay of the ejection.

While Preciado is currently allowed on the grounds to care for his horses, his entries are not being accepted by the Parx racing office. Because Parx is in the midst of an equine herpesvirus quarantine, Precaido cannot remove his horses from the grounds.

Gargan has 32 horses stabled in New York, about 20 of which are owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds.

"I think this is a good opportunity," Gargan said. "These are some pretty nice horses, and once the quarantine is over at Parx, I think some of them will fit in New York, and I'll bring them here. I'll also be sending some of the Midwest horses to race at Parx. We'll rotate them in and out."

Gargan said he may hire some of Preciado's help but would be sending in an assistant to run his new barn.

"I'll have 70 horses, which can be complicated," Gargan said, "but I'll only have four owners, which will simplify things.”

Gargan is a 45-year-old native of Louisville, Ky., who grew up in the neighborhood around Churchill Downs. He has been training on his own since 2013. He has won 77 races from 367 starters (20 percent).

Gargan's biggest win came with R Free Roll in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss at Saratoga in 2014. Three weeks ago, on New York Claiming Championship Day at Aqueduct, he won the $80,000 Karakorum Electra with Nuffsaid Nuffsaid and the $60,000 Caixa Eletronica with Cerro. Both horses are owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds.

Zulueta, a 47-year-old native of Cuba, has been training since 2011. He has won 211 races from 792 starts (26 percent). Zulueta is coming off a career-best year in 2015, when he won 81 races and finished third in the Parx trainer standings.