06/13/2014 12:15PM

Thoroughbred misidentified in Quarter Horse race

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CYPRESS, Calif. – A 3-year-old Thoroughbred was erroneously allowed to run against Quarter Horses in a 300-yard maiden race at Los Alamitos in April, resulting in a fine for the track’s horse identifier, according to a ruling published this month by track stewards.

The Thoroughbred filly I’m Indy Know was mistakenly identified as the Quarter Horse filly Granich and finished last of seven, beaten five lengths at odds of 19-1, in a $6,250 claiming race April 11. Both fillies are trained by Felix Gonzalez and had not raced prior to April 11, Los Alamitos steward Ruben Moreno said this week.

Los Alamitos runs a nighttime mixed meeting for Quarter Horses and lower-level Thoroughbreds.

In their rulings issued June 7, stewards Moreno, James Dreyer, and George Slender fined horse identifier Juan M. Garcia for failing to properly identify I’m Indy Know and for violations of the duties of the horse identifier.

In addition, Jesus Rendon, the owner of Granich, was ordered to forfeit the $300 the Quarter Horse was credited with earning even though the filly never left her stall. In a ruling ordering the forfeiture of the earnings, the stewards wrote that the “identification markings of [I’m Indy Know] did not agree with the identification markings on the certificate of registration.”

Granich was tattooed well before the race by Garcia, according to Moreno. When I’m Indy Know arrived at the receiving barn before the April 11 race, the filly had not been tattooed but had markings similar to Granich, Moreno said.

“The [Gonzalez] staff brought the wrong horse,” Moreno said. “There were no markings. They were both bays. The trainer was apologetic.”

Gonzalez was not sanctioned. The mistaken identity was discovered after the race, Moreno said.

I’m Indy Know has yet to officially race. Granich was entered in a $2,500 claiming race for maidens at Los Alamitos on June 7 but was scratched.

teamstaff81 More than 1 year ago
whats the real reason the starter quit at los a
Leo More than 1 year ago
This is the kinds of things that happens at these bush league tracks.
David Smith More than 1 year ago
this is BS..there was no mistake..It's like when you give the cashier a $20 and she gives you change back for a $10...they act like it was a mistake it's not a mistake...
mikey More than 1 year ago
What? are they sure about this? these thoroughbreds are being bred to be sprinters like quarterhoses.....what's the problem?
Jeff N More than 1 year ago
Idiots cant even cheat right ### Go Figure ###
tommy tutone More than 1 year ago
Anyone remember the ringer that ran in a race at Belmont in the 70's and payed something like 60/1. Believe he was a stakes horse from Uruguay. IF the race at Los Al was an attempt at a betting coup, assume the correct horse would be bet in an upcoming race at inflated odds after the dead last finish. Deja Vu all over again?
Rob Smoke More than 1 year ago
Cinzano...I had a $4 tri-box on the 2,3 and 4th place horses. Lebon was repped in the PP's -- a horse with essentially no ability at all, according to the PP's..
nick More than 1 year ago
The buck stops with the trainer. HOW CAN THE TRAINER NOT KNOW???? The one horse had no tattoo?
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
fire all the INCOMPETENT IMBECILES, and tell them to take their zappers with them! lol
russell More than 1 year ago
Its nice to see Los Al is trying to make the major leagues but this nonsense happens. The trainer should be suspended indefinetly.
Anna Montanucci More than 1 year ago
The fact that horses of two different breeds can be confused is a sad commentary on that barn's management skills.