Ramzan Antooa, former backstretch employee at Belmont Park, will spend several weekends in jail after authorities said he retaliated for his firing by letting a 2yo filly racehorse out of her stall last summer who then spooked and suffered a fatal fall.
Antooa was spotted at approximately 7:45 p.m. by Belmont’s security personnel releasing the filly. He was arrested at the scene and charged with burglary and reckless endangerment of property.
The Judge sentenced Antooa, 39, of Elmont, to 10 weekends in jail, five years of probation and about $50,000 in restitution — to be collected by civil judgment.
At a regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 20 of last year, the New York State Gaming Commission unanimously voted to permanently revoke licensing privileges of former racetrack groom Antooa of Elmont, NY. It was determined that Antooa “lacked the general character and fitness to hold a racing license.”
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Now, does this or does this not make you wonder about the Amanda Cobb horse whipping scenario? Cobb should be thrown out of horseracing; her license suspended.
Tuesday’s Horse © Fund for Horses
Pictured: Ramzan Antooa