08/03/2014 9:02PM

Winless trainer punished for poor treatment of horses


DEL MAR, Calif.-  Trainer Shane Moran, who has not won a race with 23 starters in his career, has been fined $1,000 and suspended  for 30 days in a stipulated agreement with the California Horse Racing Board stemming from a 2013 investigation regarding the welfare of some of the horses in his small stable, the stewards announced in a ruling on Sunday.

Two of the horses in Moran’s care in 2013 were found to be in such poor condition that they were later euthanized by a large animal veterinary clinic in El Cajon, Calif., according to a report by racing board investigators.

The horses in the investigation were owned by the trainer’s brother, Mark Moran of Panama City, Fla. Mark Moran was fined $1,000 and ordered to relinquish his owner’s license before Aug. 8, according to a stewards’  ruling. The ruling stated that Mark Moran, 56, cannot reapply for a license until Nov. 1, 2017.

In a complaint filed in 2013, racing board investigators said that Mark Moran “showed no interest in the condition of his horses.”

Shane Moran’s suspension runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1. Beginning Oct. 1, Moran will be on probation through Dec. 16, 2016 and must adhere to eight conditions set forth by the racing board. Del Mar stewards Scott Chaney, Luis Jauregui, and Kim Sawyer approved the stipulated agreement,  including those conditions on Sunday.

The investigation stemmed from the care and treatment of Moran’s horses through 2013. Racing board investigators wrote in a statement that Moran’s horses were found to be “not able to run or unhealthy.” In addition, the investigators wrote that Moran races and trains his horses to the extent that “the horses have serious health injuries and then he contacts a(n) animal rescue facility to take the horses.

“The horses are in such poor health that [they] cannot be rehabilitated. The horse must then be put down [due] to the fact that their injuries are life threatening.”

The horses Chazmule and Quick Haunt were euthanized after they were assessed by veterinarians on behalf of a horse rescue operation, according to racing board investigators.

Moran did not return a phone call seeking comment on Sunday evening.

The stipulated agreement with the racing board dictates that Moran cooperate with the racing board of the monitoring of his compliance of the terms of the agreement; that Moran must apply for a new trainer’s license upon completion of the probation, and that the license application will be reviewed for recommendation regarding a renewal; that Moran inform the racing board with a medical report if a horse in his care is euthanized or has a terminal injury; that Moran must inform the racing board within seven days if he donates a horse to a rescue operation; and that Moran submit his training record to the racing board on a monthly basis.

In other terms of the agreement, Moran must win a race during the probation period or relinquish his license; and he must meet with racing board equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur and his private veterinarian to establish a horse care program for his runners.

The final aspect of the agreement states that Moran’s license would be suspended if violates any of the preceding terms.

Moran has had four horses race throughout California since April 2012 – Chazmule, Hoosier Diddy, Spooky Memories, and Trucial State. Trucial State finished third in a $16,000 claiming race at Del Mar in August  2013, and third in an $8,000 claimer at Santa Anita in June. Trucial State finished seventh of nine in an $8,000 claimer at Del Mar on Saturday.