03/06/2011 3:37PM

Schickedanz's suspension put on hold by Ontario court

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario—Owner Bruno Schickedanz has had an Ontario Racing Commission suspension put on hold after the Ontario Superior Court ordered a stay of a Dec. 20 ruling.

That ORC ruling had suspended Schickedanz for 12 months, commencing Jan. 1, with the last six months to be stayed.

Lawyer Peter Simm, representing Schickedanz at that ORC hearing, had obtained a stay on the condition that an appeal would be heard by March 4. That hearing did not take place as Schickedanz instead obtained the Ontario Superior Court stay.

The ORC ruling had followed its investigation into the death of Wake At Noon, a 13-year-old horse who had shipped in from Schickedanz’s farm to work over Woodbine’s training track last June and broke down after taking a bad step.

Woodbine then withdrew Schickedanz’s racing and stabling privileges and his request for reinstatement was denied at an ORC hearing in August.

Schickedanz has been active this winter at Tampa Bay Downs, Gulfstream, Beulah Park, and Mountaineer Racetrack.