03/07/2013 1:27PM

Veitch petition denied by Kentucky judge in Life At Ten proceeding


A Kentucky circuit court judge has denied a petition by former Kentucky chief state steward John Veitch to depose a member of the racing commission as part of an effort to reopen an investigation into the 2010 Life At Ten incident.

In a short ruling issued March 5, Judge Thomas Wingate of the Franklin Circuit Court said that courts have the power to allow depositions in matters pending appeal, but only in regards to “perpetuating testimony that may otherwise be immediately lost absent deposition.”

Wingate said that Veitch’s specific request to depose commissioner Tom Conway did not satisfy this condition and that Veitch was “more interested in conducting discovery than preserving testimony.”

In the motion, Veitch’s attorney had argued that a hearing officer preparing a report on the Life At Ten incident had left out information that may have influenced the commission’s unanimous vote to suspend Veitch for a year for his role in the incident. Veitch was fired several months before the commission voted to accept the report’s recommendations.

Veitch has appealed the commission’s decision. The commission ruled that Veitch violated several racing statutes when he failed to order veterinarians to conduct an examination of Life At Ten after her jockey told national television broadcasters that the filly “was not warming up like she normally does” just before the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. Life At Ten finished last in the race after never being urged.

R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
Let it go John Veitch,accept the fact that you did not do your job as chief steward, take it like a man an stop crying about it.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Surprise, surprise he lost......again. Try Judge Judy next John, worth a shot.
Frank More than 1 year ago
plenty of blame to go around here. Veitch for one is to blame. But what about the trainer -- Pletcher who saddled this horse and noticed something amiss. He needs to be charged to. That incident was a joke and the bettors are the ones that got screwed there. The horse took money and obviously wasnt fit to race. The ones who benefited most are the race tracks and govt -- why dont they give all that money back!