04/28/2016 4:52PM

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.



Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ramon is an excellent horseman. He has ALWAYS had the horses best interest first! ALL trainers train on clenbuteral. All of them! Do you see the muscle mass on the top tier horses? Even top allowance horses. That's not from just specific training. It's from using clenbuterol. A muscle builder. Ramon's two positives in Delaware were in the amount of nano grams. Nano grams folks! It is a class 3 infraction & he gets 90 days & then 180 days from Parx?! Why is no other trainer given the same penalty?!! Because you don't hear about. The top trainers at Parx have been jealous of Ramon's success for the past few years. He has started at the bottom & is finding success with many of his owners who have been with him from the beginning. It does not surprise me that someone would try to set him up. He will be vindicated & Parx will owe him more than an apology!
turfnsport More than 1 year ago
Nice,... to go along with a 30% takeout on trifectas another reason not to bet on this dump of a racetrack. 
Robert Knych More than 1 year ago
He got a 21 day suspension at Delaware while there was NO racing there,,,talk about who you know,,,yeh right
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
43 LUCKY horses! that will put a major dent in his win streak Im sure.
Fred Hart More than 1 year ago
Pathetic situation that  PARX management   should allow this cheat to have access to  the grounds and be able to enter horses .     He can continue his latest 8 for 8 winning streak.    He might even challenge Joe DiMaggio's  magical 56 game streak.    Anything is possible with this    character.  

Helaine Barash More than 1 year ago
PARX has been gelded.
Fred Hart More than 1 year ago
Now this cheat can continue his string of 8 wins in his last 8 starts.   Would not be surprised if he challenges Joe DiMaggio's 56  game hitting streak.    56 in a row.   Not  hard for this no-good cheat to achieve.     Barbara Hopkins and Ramon Preciado .   What a pair !    PARX's version of Bonnie and Clyde. 
John Heiney More than 1 year ago
How about a $ 25K fine for the next infraction and $ 50K after that
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
how about zero tolerance?
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
So the track is so scared of a lawsuit that will allow a cheater to continue stealing from its customers.. There's only one thing for bettors to do in my opinion boycot parx. What parx should have done is not given him stables and not allowed him on the grounds regardless of what happens in the courts. They are allowed to keep out anybody they want. If a guy with this many positives can push around a racetrack then there is no hope for this industry. Just federalize this nonsense and impose jail sentences on these crooks it's the only solution. Now they come up with a theory that blames a disgruntled employee for the last 2 positives .what about the other positives besides who cares the trainer is ultimately responsible for the horses and employees in his stable. He stated that he did not even have clenbuterol in his stable so where did the employee get it. This allegation is B.S. Clenbuterol is expensive and stable employees make very little I doubt a disgruntled groom would go out and purchase the stuff .
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
"disgruntled employees"? Oh, right, on their poppy seed bagels, I am sure.
Michael Zeisler More than 1 year ago
No problem if you can't beat them join them I'll just catch more tickets
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
The problem with your theory is you don't know when the trainer has juiced the horse .only they know. So you're always just guessing .i suggest you take up keno obviously your not a handicapper and understand little about the game. I very much doubt you cash many tickets.
Ronald Friedman More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding me.letting this blatant juicer back in.Fine ill just bet all his miraculous first claims.
Michael Zeisler More than 1 year ago
No problem if you can't beat them join them I'll just catch more tickets
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Way to go, Michael! Just ignore the ethics, and the fact that this cheat takes money out of the pockets of honest, hard working horsemen. Klassy