12/31/2011 10:44AM

Santa Anita: Two fined for first-time gelding violation

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ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainers Mike Chambers and Darrell Vienna have been fined $750 after they failed to report horses they started at Hollywood Park in December as geldings at the proper time.

The fines come at a time when the California Horse Racing Board is considering stronger penalties for such infractions.

Chambers was cited for not reporting that Stormin Proud Papa, who finished last of six in a $16,000 claimer on Dec. 11, was racing as a gelding. Vienna was cited for not reporting that Our Last Monte, who finished third in a maiden claimer on Dec. 9, was racing as a gelding.

The racing board has stated an intention to strengthen penalties for failing to report horses racing as geldings for the first time. The designation is supposed to be made at time of entry.

At the racing board’s meeting at Santa Anita on Jan. 19, racing board commissioners are expected to discuss a range of penalties for the violation, such as an increase in the amount of the fines to trainers, or withholding a trainer’s share of the purse. Another rule change to be considered is for horses racing as geldings for the first time to run for purse money only, and not be part of betting pools.

Bettors are informed about horses that race as geldings for the first time because the horses sometimes show improvement.

Pawn More than 1 year ago
Run for purse money only are you crazy!!!??