06/21/2016 11:18AM

Umarov hearing scheduled for Wednesday


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Otabek Umarov, the owner-trainer suspended recently by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for 10 years, will appear before a Franklin County Circuit Court judge in Frankfort, Ky., on Wednesday morning for a request of a stay of the commission’s sanction, according to court records and his attorney.

The hearing, scheduled for 9 a.m., is the first in what is expected to be a long legal battle between Umarov and state regulators. The 10-year suspension was the longest given out by the commission in decades, and Umarov, who is from Uzbekistan, is expected to pursue a range of legal avenues to void the penalty or reduce its length.

Last week, members of the commission unanimously rejected Umarov’s request for a stay. Umarov will argue before the judge on Wednesday that he has been deprived of his due-process rights and should be granted the stay so that he can continue to earn a living training and owning horses until a formal appeal of the ruling is conducted, according to court filings.

Kentucky regulators contend that Umarov prevented commission personnel from obtaining an out-of-competition blood sample from a horse he owns and trains, Looks to Spare, in late April at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Furthermore, the ruling issued by the stewards alleged that Umarov secretly ordered a stable employee to remove the horse from the grounds as he was engaged in discussions with the stewards to resolve the situation.

A Kentucky regulation states that a licensee can be banned for a minimum of five years for refusing to allow personnel to obtain a blood sample. The rule was part of a suite of regulations passed in 2010 that allows the state to conduct an out-of-competition drug-testing program. Umarov is the first licensee to be punished under the out-of-competition rules.

While commissions routinely reject requests for stays from licensees who are sanctioned for major racing infractions, courts generally take a more lenient view when weighing due-process cases.


Slavik Gubernov More than 1 year ago
If the stewards and racing commission in Churchill downs they want to play game honestly then why they let so many ILLIGAL people working in backside??? Yea that's right STEWARDS AND RACING COMMISSION THEY PLAY GAME DIRTY TOO ALWAYS!!! 
Frank More than 1 year ago
You must be one of those illegals  -- you cant even speak english!  

We need to deport you and the that trainer!
Slavik Gubernov More than 1 year ago
Hey rey sousa, suspend him for 10 years or ben him for life it will make even worst. Because he still can run his horses under someone's name like so many trainers do all the time. instead they should give him year suspension and big fine. 
Frank More than 1 year ago
I grew up with this sport -- my dad taught me how to handicap and took me to the races.  I love the thoroughbreds.

Fast-forward 45yrs later and I now know how corrupt this sport is.  I now know how disgusting most people in the sport are to the horses.  I see how bad it is at all levels.  I hate what is behind the curtain. 

Yet I cant get away because of my love for these animals and their competitive instinct as athletes.  And I do realize because of all these bad people in this sport it is a dying sport that future generations will not accept.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
10 years is too little for this guy .ban him for life.. Why would they want this miscreant back.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Are you an idiot or just a contrarian ?. So a trainers refuses to have his horse tested and then has the animal hidden so that he can't be tested and he wants due process. This is like a casino employee having a deck of cards in his sleeve and when investigators ask him to pull up his sleeves he runs and passes the deck of cards to an friend. Comes back and says hey I had nothing. And the casino says to the customers see he's alright we will keep him.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
This was for Billi Lyon.
clark More than 1 year ago
He lost his appeal to the racing commission now on to the courts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it was reported that this guy lost his appeal ????
Billi Lyon More than 1 year ago
Seems like an overly intrusive policy, but then we're used to government thinking it has the right to know everything about us. Obviously it is an overly draconian sentence, but then we're used to a government incarceration regime that leads the advanced societies of the world in prison population. I guess basically, nothing to see here folks, just more modern Puritanism, move along and keep your mouths shut.