04/28/2016 3:52PM

Preciado permitted to enter horses at Parx starting Friday


The management of Parx Racing has agreed to resume accepting entries from trainer Ramon Preciado, starting Friday.

The agreement between Parx and Alan Pincus, one of the attorneys representing Preciado, comes two days after Pincus filed a federal lawsuit in the middle district court of Pennsylvania against Sam Elliott, the director of racing at Parx, and Walter Remmert, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Racing Commission.

The lawsuit seeks damages for the harm done to Preciado's business after Parx ejected him from the grounds beginning April 16 and refused to accept entries from him. Preciado's attorneys appealed his ejection to the Pennsylvania Racing Commission and he received a supersedeas stay that allows him access to track property, but the commission took no action on Parx refusing Preciado's entries.

"We have a tentative agreement with Parx management that they will begin accepting Mr. Preciado's entries beginning Friday for the race card of Monday, May 2," Pincus said. "They also have agreed to return stalls to Mr. Preciado for any horses that were taken from him and which the owners wish to return to his stable."

Elliott confirmed that Preciado would be allowed to enter horses beginning Friday.

Preciado currently has approximately 14 horses after 43 horses were transferred from his stable to trainers Marcos Zulueta and Danny Gargan last week.

"Parx has responded to the part of the suit that asked them to resume taking his entries," Pincus said. "It does not address the damages we are requesting. This step will mitigate the damage done to Ramon but will not make him whole."

Preciado is facing 270 days in suspensions from the racing commission for two clenbuterol overages at Parx last fall. He has appealed the two rulings, one for 90 days and the other for 180 days, and has been granted a stay of the penalties until his appeal is heard. A date has not yet been set for the hearing.

Preciado had two other clenbuterol overages at Parx in February 2015, and was fined in each instance. Preciado served 21 suspension days over the winter for two clenbuterol positives at Delaware Park last summer.

"There is a theory that the two latest clenbuterol positives at Parx are the result of sabotage by a disgruntled employee," Pincus said.

Pincus indicated that additional clenbuterol positives could be forthcoming on horses trained by Preciado.

The Pennsylvania Racing Commission is conducting an investigation into whether someone tampered with Preciado's horses.

Preciado won the last eight races at Parx in which he had a starter from April 10 to April 12. He has been the track's leading trainer the past two years.