Updated on 06/19/2012 4:31PM

Veitch again seeks new steward's license in Kentucky

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John Veitch, the former chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission who was dismissed from his position last year, has filed a motion with Franklin Circuit Court in Kentucky seeking a new steward’s license from the commission.

The motion, which is set for a hearing on June 20, states that the commission did not act on a license application Veitch submitted on May 14, but instead returned the license application and a $100 check Veitch sent as a licensing fee without comment. Veitch’s attorney, Tom Miller, wrote in the motion that the commission is required under state law to “provide notice to an applicant that the license has been issued and denied,” and the motion seeks to compel the commission to issue the license.

Dick Brown, a spokesperson for the commission, said that the commission planned to file a legal response to the motion on Wednesday morning, and that comments on Veitch’s suit would be limited to the legal response.

In the motion, Veitch claimed to have sought the license after being told that a steward’s position might be available at Ellis Park this summer. Since the license application was returned, “it is his understanding that the position for which he was being considered has now been filled.”

The motion states that Veitch was told by “representatives of KHRC” that he would need to have a job working as a racing official in order to be issued a license. The motion states that there is no such requirement under Kentucky licensing regulations.

Following Veitch’s dismissal last year, the commission approved a one-year suspension of Veitch’s license related to violations of racing rules pertaining to his handling of the Life At Ten incident at the 2010 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs. Veitch has appealed the ruling, which was stayed in April by the same judge who is scheduled to hear the motion on Wednesday, Thomas Wingate.

John Sigerson More than 1 year ago
i don't think Vietch is a bad guy but I am dismayed at his hypocritical behavior during the LAT affair. While he was a steward Vietch famously said that his decisions should never be appealed to the court system and anyone who did should have their punishment increased. Now that the KHRC has suspended him he has done nothing but has gone crying to the courts time after time. Just accept your fate John and move on.
Dave Mason More than 1 year ago
As a result of the "Life at Ten" debacle, the integrity, credibility, and verascity of Mr. Veitch has been severely compromised. Had he not unilaterally decided to usurp his fiduciary responsibility to the wagering public, by not sending LAT to the test barn, all this would be a moot issue. Consequently, I cannot help but conclude that Mr. Veitch's general fitness and character is such, that participation in thoroughbred horseracing, as a steward, would be inconsistent with the public interest, conveinence, necessity, or the best interests of racing generally!
samuel a More than 1 year ago
JOHN VEITH IS A VERY HONEST MAN A MAN OF INTEGRITY I WORKED FOR JOHN WHEN HE FIRST STARTED OUT AND WHEN H EWAS WITH ELLIT BURCH A GENTELMAN AND AMAN OF INTEGRITY JOHN WOULD NEVER JEOPORDIZE THE HORSE AND THE BETTING PUBLIC HORSES AND THE WELL BIENG OF HORSES IS HIS LIFE AS WE ALL KNOW HE WAS AROUND HORSES HIS WHOLE LIFE BEING THE SON OF SYL VEITCH. IF ANY BODY SHOULD HAVE ASKED THE HORSE TO BE SCRATCHED THAT WOULD HAV EBEEN JOHN VELEZQUEZ. HE SHOULD HAVE TOLD THE VET A PROBLEM AND GET OFF THE HORSE NOT JOHN VEITCH THIS IS A WITCH HUNT AND THATS ALL JERRY ABRAHAM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Veitch has been a fine commentator and a good trainer, but when he tries to bully KHRC for a license or a job, it makes himself look small.
Jasen Mangrum More than 1 year ago
Also, don't forget the race at Kentucky Downs last year where they paid on the wrong superfecta combo & were too stubborn to change an obvious mistake. Total gaff by the stewards, John Veitch being the head one at the time. Way to look out for the customer KHRC!
mikey More than 1 year ago
Why VEITCH and nothing to PLETCHER AND JOHNNY V OR THE VET.This is not a one man screw up.All involved deserve the same.If CHURCHILL feel's so bad why not return all the money bet on LIFE AT TEN.Or make a donation to the disabeled jock's.
STEPHEN MERCIER More than 1 year ago
I dont have all the facts .... but my gut feeling is this man has been shafted
Robert Gotland More than 1 year ago
John Veitch was not responsible for the scratching of Life at Ten in the first instance it was the questionable CDI racetrack vet Mary Scolay responsibility but there is so much in-house corruption and foul play acts going on from behind closed CDI/MID Group's doors, like fixing races which enables them secretly to attain personal financial tax free wealth from their questionable private property racetracks that incident like the above thye merely put the blame on John Veitch recall the other two Stewards of CDI got off scot free totally exonerated we ask the question why from our understanding all three stewards make the decisions and or take resposibility to govern and police horse races.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Punctuation marks are your friend.
Robert Gotland More than 1 year ago
Kentucky Horse Racing State Commission are merely puppets for the Churchill Downs Inc self Governing Masonic body puppet masters refer to conspiredcorruption.wordpress.com obviously the honorable former Kentucky State Steward John Veitch governed horse racing to the best interest to the wagering public etc which undoubtedly upset the CDI and its associated racetracks in-house corruption and foul play acts meaning white collar crimes which were well supported by Corporate crimes and state Department crimes John Veitch undoubtedly was not a yes sir no sir Steward the writing is upon the walls CDI/MID Group have blackballed the Trustworthy John Veitch
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I don't know all that happened that Race but I do know that SOMEone is paid to make the call. I believe Keene Dangerfield would have done just that!