Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

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stark wrote:ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainer Peter Miller has been suspended seven days, fined $2,500, and placed on probation through October 2019 – when his current license expires – for what Santa Anita stewards, in a ruling issued Sunday, said was because of "derogatory words about a licensee's unborn baby" in an incident last September at San Luis Rey Downs, where Miller was based at the time.
He's also been ordered to undergo anger management, apparently this is/was his seventh offense?

Jay Privman @DRFPrivman
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SA: Miller suspended, fined, must undergo anger-management education for 7th disorderly conduct offense http://bit.ly/2FRfWyi
BaroqueAgain1
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https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the- ... t-offense/
The Comments after the article are interesting.

It sounds like he was due for the anger management classes a looonnng time ago. :shock:
He's a good trainer, but the dude needs to wear a tongue tie himself. :roll:
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Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:18 pm

Not sure what he said, but no doubt it was bad, any educated guesses?

Miller does raise an interesting question tho'.....why did the stewards get involved after the parties resolved it?

This is not new to trainerspeak, dating back to 1951 and the best the sport has to offer.

If you were on the backstretch, or for that matter trackside waiting for a jock to return and be unsaddled immediately after a race....

"YOU EFFIN IDIOT, you'll never ride for me again"

"YOU DUMB S-O-B, what were you thinking out there"

"DON'T THINK DUMMY, just do what I tell you to do"

"HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE to get boxed in a 4 horse race"

"118? WHAT A FAT ASS, you're not riding for me like that"

"Te odio, eres un cabrón mudo, aléjate de mi caballo, no vuelvas nunca más"

and the list goes on and on and on, would a national czarina step in and preside over these indiscretions?
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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There's a difference between swearing at a jockey who is getting paid to ride for you, and abusing a seven-month pregnant woman and her unborn child. And she's not your employee. (Not that I think it's ever OK for an employer to abuse an employee.)
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Jeremy's story, Kitchingman witnessed the incident and intervened, and was a voluntary witness at the hearing...

Trainer Peter Miller Suspended for 'Derogatory' Remarks
Trainer Peter Miller was fined $2,500 and suspended seven days by the California Horse Racing Board's board of stewards at Santa Anita Park March 18 for an incident that involved "derogatory words about a licensee's unborn baby" Sept. 11 at San Luis Rey Training Center.

The ruling from the Santa Anita stewards said the suspension is to be served from April 2-8. The ruling also said Miller has been placed on probation for the term of his training license, which expires in October of 2019. A term of the probation is "to adhere to (the) recommendation of the Winners Foundation regarding anger-management education."

The stewards said Sunday the incident was Miller's seventh offense related to "disorderly conduct" since 2008, and the sanctions were warranted because of that and the severity of the incident.

According to a document filed to CHRB investigators by a former Miller assistant, Stephanie Murray, Miller accused her of "stealing" his staff at San Luis Rey during training hours Sept. 11 and then began to berate Murray about her physical appearance and her family. Murray had worked for Miller for three years before she began working for trainer Doug O'Neill.

"Miller then continued to belittle and harass me on a deeply personal level, regarding my appearance, my skill as a horseman, my child that is expected to be born (Dec. 1), and my husband," Murray wrote.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:19 am

Doesn't sound extreme, but if #MeToo is moving into racing this isn't the end.
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Jockey Rafael Bejarano has been diagnosed with a broken left wrist after an accident in the final race at Santa Anita on Sunday and will be out of action for "at least three to four weeks", his agent, Tora Yamaguchi, reported on Monday morning.
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Jay Privman @DRFPrivman
8m8 minutes ago
This story has been updated with comments from Stephanie Murray, the woman involved in the incident with Miller:
http://www.drf.com/news/trainer-miller- ... g-language
The licensee at whom the words were spoken, Stephanie Murray, who works for trainer Doug O’Neill, was seven months pregnant at the time with a girl who is now 3 months old. Murray worked as an assistant for Miller for three years before moving to O’Neill’s employ eight months ago, Murray said Monday. She was one of the four witnesses who testified at the March 12 hearing.

Miller on Sunday admitted to losing his cool but said he and Murray, whom he said he accused at the time of trying to steal employees, had long since made peace over the incident and said he believed the stewards and their employer, the CHRB, were “trying to retaliate against me” for his past statements about their competency.

“This is an effort by the stewards and the CHRB to embarrass me,” Miller said. “She dropped the complaint. She was trying to steal my help. That’s a no-no. I apologized. She apologized. It was an unfortunate incident. We’re friendly now. In fact I saw her and spoke to her today.

“This is more about me being outspoken about the stewards, who I think leave a lot to be desired, and the CHRB, which I think leaves a lot to be desired. It’s basically retribution. I’ve never heard of a complaint being dropped and still going forward.”

Miller said he was “never notified of the hearing” on March 12 and in fact was in Ocala, Fla., at a 2-year-old sale at the time.

“They never asked me for my side of the story,” Miller said.

Murray on Monday described her relationship with Miller as “cordial, that’s about it.”

“Friendly, no,” she said. “Cordial, yes.”

She said she chose to be cordial owing to O’Neill and Miller being assigned to adjacent barns at Del Mar following the devastating fire last December at San Luis Rey Downs, forcing their relocation.

Murray said she “did not want to be labeled as victim” in this situation, but thought it important to speak out. She questioned if this incident would have been handled more proactively if the accused wasn’t someone as prominent as Miller.

“It hasn’t been fun, but I don’t want this to be woe-is-me,” Murray said Monday. “People know this goes on, and has gone on for a long time. Does Pete get a pass because of his status as a trainer, because of the status of his owners? If a hot walker was as aggressive as he was would they have been escorted off the grounds that day? Why is he getting so many chances? Those are the questions I’m putting out and have people think about.

“As far as apologizing, I don’t know what I had to apologize for. Five of his employees came to me looking for work. He’s accusing me of something I didn’t do.”

Murray said Miller berated her in full view of a number of people and said trainer Adam Kitchingman “stood up” for her and intervened.

“Ten people saw it,” she said. “He took the initiative.”
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:50 pm

What did he actually say?
Anybody guess?

Get your fat ass away from my barn!
You want a second opinion, okay....you're ugly too!
Your baby is coming out looking like an alien!
You're a lazy bitch, I wish O'Neill good luck with you.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:02 pm

Miller's language is gross when he's mad...a lot worse than most. We tend to avoid him, even when we see standing up in the stands by himself while the horses are working.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:13 pm

Ruidoso Downs Bans All American Futurity-Winning Trainer
James Padgett II saddled the winner of last year's All American Futurity – Quarter horse racing's richest and most famous event held on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs – but the American Quarter Horse Association's leading trainer by money won in 2017 has been told he will not be allowed to participate at the New Mexico racetrack when the 2018 meet begins on May 25.
Jeff True, president and general manager of All American Ruidoso Downs (AARD), which last October closed on a deal to purchase the track from R.D. Hubbard, recently sent a letter to Padgett saying he will be denied entry to the grounds and “from participating in any racing activities involved therein.”
Padgett is the former assistant to Judd Kearl, the AQHA's 2016 champion trainer who was handed a 19-year suspension by the Texas Racing Commission last year after five horses in his care tested positive for the Class 1 drug nomifensine – a human antidepressant medication taken off the market in the 1980s.

Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... g-trainer/

Ruidoso is really serious about cleaning up the racing there. Good for them.
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BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Ruidoso Downs Bans All American Futurity-Winning Trainer
James Padgett II saddled the winner of last year's All American Futurity – Quarter horse racing's richest and most famous event held on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs – but the American Quarter Horse Association's leading trainer by money won in 2017 has been told he will not be allowed to participate at the New Mexico racetrack when the 2018 meet begins on May 25.
Jeff True, president and general manager of All American Ruidoso Downs (AARD), which last October closed on a deal to purchase the track from R.D. Hubbard, recently sent a letter to Padgett saying he will be denied entry to the grounds and “from participating in any racing activities involved therein.”
Padgett is the former assistant to Judd Kearl, the AQHA's 2016 champion trainer who was handed a 19-year suspension by the Texas Racing Commission last year after five horses in his care tested positive for the Class 1 drug nomifensine – a human antidepressant medication taken off the market in the 1980s.

Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... g-trainer/

Ruidoso is really serious about cleaning up the racing there. Good for them.
I know it would be purely cosmetic, but the QH folks ought to consider changing the names of all those "Cartel" horses out there that trace back to the racing/breeding operation funded by the Mexican drug lords.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:50 pm

Oh no...prayers for Mr. Flores and RIP Love Rules.

Jockey Jose Flores in coma after spill
Jockey Jose Flores, a winner of 4,650 races, was in a coma at Aria Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia on Monday night after going down in a spill during the ninth race at Parx Racing that afternoon. Flores was listed in critical but stable condition.

Flores, 56, was dueling for the lead between horses on Love Rules on the far turn of the six-furlong starter allowance when his mount broke down and fell. A trailing horse, The Pooch, fell over Love Rules and might have struck Flores. A third horse, Easy River, unseated his rider while avoiding the two fallen horses.

Flores had not regained consciousness as of 9 p.m. Monday, according to his agent, David Yannuzzi, and had to be revived by the emergency room staff after his heart stopped.

"It's touch and go," said Yannuzzi, who has represented Flores for 14 years.
More: http://www.drf.com/news/jockey-jose-flo ... fter-spill
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:19 pm

We seem to be going through an especially rough patch for horses and riders. :(

Godspeed, Love Rules, and best wishes for a complete recovery for Jose Flores and all others who got hurt in that spill.
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:52 am

Seeing conflicting posts on twitter saying he's already passed and some reporting the family is en route to say their goodbyes. Either way, there's not going to be a happy ending.

Absolutely horrible and a real gut-check. Several jocks hurt this weekend and now this.
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bare it all wrote:Seeing conflicting posts on twitter saying he's already passed and some reporting the family is en route to say their goodbyes. Either way, there's not going to be a happy ending.

Absolutely horrible and a real gut-check. Several jocks hurt this weekend and now this.
I have yet to see anything on the news sites. Many are reporting he is deceased. I have it from a source very close to him that is not the case but family is being called in. I can not reveal any other detail than that. Pray for his family. They will need it.
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Tough week for riders and horses.
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http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-traini ... government

The owner of a small non-profit horse-therapy center in Louisville, Ky., has been indicted on charges of devising a scheme to defraud the government, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Clifford Wilkinson, 61, an on-and-off-again trainer on the Kentucky circuit and the founder and president of Bluegrass Training and Therapy Center, was indicted on the fraud charges along with one of his employees, Erica Bowen, 39. The two were alleged to have falsified signatures of teenagers on sign-in sheets in order to claim reimbursement through government programs available for the assistance of at-risk juveniles, according to the indictment.

Also indicted was Shannon L. Anson, 51, an employee with the Department of Juvenile Justice, who accepted bribes from Wilkinson and Bowen in order to steer payments to the therapy center, according to the indictment, which was unsealed on Feb. 15 and first reported by the Blood-Horse.

The indictment states that Wilkinson and Bowen were together responsible for the misrepresentation of 8,000 sign-ins for programs at the therapy center over two years, from August 2013 to July 2015. The amount of the fraudulent payments derived from the misrepresentations was “over $400,000,” the indictment states.

Wilkinson has started 1,036 horses over his 14-year training career, with 125 wins. His trainer’s and owner’s licenses were revoked after the indictment was unsealed. Bowen has started 123 horses with nine wins over the past decade, and her licenses have also been revoked.
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:09 pm

Dunleavy updated his story. Horrible tragedy. May God be with his family and friends.

Jim Dunleavy @DRFDunleavy
6h6 hours ago
I am told jockey Jose Flores is on life support as his wife, former rider Joanne McDaid-Flores, awaits the arrival of relatives from Florida. Jose has extensive cranial and spinal injuries and is not expected to survive. Updated story shortly on http://DRF.com .

Jockey Jose Flores on life support after spill
Jockey Jose Flores, a winner of 4,650 races, was on life support at Aria Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning after going down in a spill during the ninth race at Parx Racing on Monday. Flores suffered extensive cranial and spinal injuries in the accident and is not expected to survive.

Parx Racing has canceled its Tuesday card, according to Sam Elliott, the track's director of racing.

"We've canceled out of respect for Jose, his career, and his family," Elliott said. "Jose has been a very well respected mentor in the local jockey colony."

As information about the extent of Flores's injuries spread Monday evening, many members of the local riding colony gathered at the hospital, according to David Yannuzzi, Flores's agent the past 14 years.

"There must have been 55 people at the hospital," Yannuzzi said. "Jose is a good-natured, good-hearted guy. He had money but he loved to ride. He'd say, 'I love this, why would I stop?' "

Flores, 56, is married to former jockey Joanne McDaid-Flores, who was at the hospital awaiting the arrival of family members from Florida. The Floreses have a 7-year-old son Julian. Jose Flores has two grown sons, Juan and Junior.
http://www.drf.com/news/jockey-jose-flo ... fter-spill
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:08 pm

Oh no, it's beyond horrible :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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