Ernie Paragallo Receives Lifetime Racing Ban
MATT HEGARTY writing for the The Daily Racing Form reports:
Owner and breeder Ernie Paragallo received a lifetime ban Thursday from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. Paragallo was barred from all racetrack properties in the state, citing his conviction last year on 33 counts of animal cruelty charges.
The ban was issued the same day that a New York appellate judge rejected Paragallo’s appeal of the 2010 conviction, a decision that will likely require Paragallo to return to an upstate New York jail cell.
The ban issued by the New York board will prevent Paragallo from obtaining any license from the board and will, at the very least, complicate any effort Paragallo may make to obtain a license in any other racing jurisdiction. Typically, racing commissions honor disciplinary rulings made in other states.
In addition, Paragallo will be prohibited from the grounds of any racetrack in the state, “even as a patron,” said Joe Mahoney, a spokesman for the board. Read more >>
Appear to Get a License, Kentucky Tells Dutrow
RON MITCHELL writing for BloodHorse reports:
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has notified trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. that he must appear before the regulatory agency’s License Review Committee before the commission will consider his license application.
In the certified letter to Dutrow, director of licensing Chris Clark said it was his “understanding” that Dutrow was planning to apply for a 2011 Kentucky license. Clark told Dutrow in the letter that the License Review Committee does not have a meeting scheduled but that he would be in touch with the trainer about scheduling a meeting when, and if, Dutrow submitted a license application and required payment.
Kentucky licenses are renewed on an annual basis and Dutrow is currently not licensed in the state. Read more >>
Racing Commissioners International, the organization behind the exciting notion of phasing drugs out of American horse racing, stated in a February 17, 2011 press release regarding Dutrow’s application for a New York license:
“In reviewing Mr. Dutrow’s career in racing you will find a variety of violations that need to be assessed in determining whether there is pattern of disregard for the rules sufficient to take action on his racing license,” Martin wrote.
“In addition to numerous violations of the drug rules pertaining to phenylbutazone, clenbuterol, and mepivacaine, there are violations concerning failure to adhere to licensing requirements, entering ineligible horses, conduct detrimental to racing involving false or misleading statements, as well as a variety of violations concerning failure to file proper documentation consistent with the rules,” he said.
Zenyatta No Longer in Foal But Pepper’s Pride Delivers
Peppers Pride, who co-owns the modern-day American record for consecutive wins at 19 with 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, delivered a chestnut filly by champion sire Distorted Humor on February 29th, 2011.
An earner of $1,066,085, Peppers Pride is owned by Joe Allen of Abilene, Texas, along with Michael Stinson of Fort Worth, Texas, and is boarded at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
The mare has been bred back to Distorted Humor.
Source: Press Release
Champion mare Zenyatta is no longer in foal, Lane’s End Farm confirmed Tuesday after her 35-day check.
Lane’s End, where Zenyatta is boarded, said the 7-year-old daughter of Street Cry was in good order physically and will be bred back to Darley stallion Bernardini in about a week.
Read more about Thoroughbred breeding in Jane Allin’s report, “Breeding by the Numbers“, here on Tuesday’s Horse.