05/11/2017 6:41PM

Trainer suspended, owners fined for alleged ownership fraud


ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York stewards suspended trainer Brandon Charlerie for 60 days and fined him and two other owners $3,000 each for fraud as it related to the claim and ownership of the horse Palladian Bridge.

Charlerie has appealed the penalties and will be permitted to train under a stay.

According to a ruling issued by the New York State Gaming Commission, Charlerie “committed an improper, corrupt and fraud act and committed and attempted to commit fraud and misrepresentation” as it related to racing Palladian Bridge.

Palladian Bridge was claimed for $16,000 on Oct. 28 at Belmont Park. Phil Scott was listed as the claiming trainer, Charlerie the claiming owner.

The state alleges that Charlerie was “a front” for owners Keno Walcott and Johnny Frontal, who were the actual claimants of the horse. At that time, Walcott and Frontal were not licensed by New York state. Those two have since become licensed and were fined $3,000 each, according to the stewards. They were fined for being unlicensed but permitting the horse to be entered and race under someone else’s name for seven races.

Palladian Bridge, a 4-year-old New York-bred filly, has raced seven times since the claim, winning twice, including a starter allowance by eight lengths on April 22 at Aqueduct.

When she raced last Nov. 30, Scott was the listed trainer. She then ran twice with Randi Persaud as the trainer before Charlerie took out his trainer’s license in February. Palladian Bridge won on Feb. 12 in her first start for Charlerie.

The horse raced three more times with Charlerie listed as owner and trainer.

The ruling states that Charlerie “intentionally presented and gave false information to the stewards and the [Gaming] Commission investigators as to the rightful owners of Palladian Bridge and falsely asserted he was the owner of the horse.”

Further, the ruling states that Charlerie deprived “the true owners of the horse of their property.”

According to the stewards, Walcott and Frontal have transferred Palladian Bridge to trainer Robert Barbara.

Charlerie declined to comment on specifics of the case because it’s under appeal.

“We’ll see how the appeal goes,” Charlerie said.

Charlerie said he has four other horses in his care.