Every week, the TDN publishes a roundup of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky.
Here’s a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where.
With the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) having gone into effect on July 1, the TDN will also post a roundup of the relevant HISA-related rulings from the same week.
Track: Santa Anita
Licensee: Randy Rennon, owner
Penalty: Suspended license
Violation: Failure to comply with financial agreement
Explainer: Owner Randy Rennon (dba Summer Knights Stables, Inc), having failed to comply with a Financial Agreement dated November 26, 2020, at Del Mar Race Track, is suspended for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1876 (Financial Responsibility – Farrier Kyle Baze $820.00). Suspension to commence on January 29, 2023.During the term of this suspension, all licenses and license privileges of Randy Rennon (dba Summer Knights Stables, Inc) are suspended and pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1528 (Jurisdiction of Stewards), subject is denied access to all premises in this jurisdiction.
Track: Santa Anita
Licensee: Rolando Quinonez, trainer
Penalty: $1,000 fine
Violation: Excessive use of whip during training hours
Explainer: Trainer Rolando Quinonez is fined $1,000.00 for violation of California Horse Racing Board rules #1874 (Disorderly Conduct – excessive use of riding crop during training) and #1530 (Cases Not Covered by Rules and Regulations) at San Luis Rey Training Center on September 14, 2022. Furthermore, Rolando Quinonez must be evaluated by the Winners Foundation for anger management and comply with any recommendations made by Winners Foundation.
NEW HISA STEWARDS RULINGS
The following rulings were reported on HISA’s “rulings” portal, except for the voided claim rulings which were sent to the TDN directly. Some of these rulings are from prior weeks as they were not reported contemporaneously.
One important note: HISA’s whip use limit is restricted to six strikes during a race.
Violations of Crop Rule
Katherine “Katie” Davis – violation date January 20; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes
Shaun Bridgmohan – violation date January 21; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes
Jaime Alexis Torres – violation date January 22; $250 fine, laceration on his mount Talking Like Mom from the crop
Ramsey Zimmerman – violation date January 28; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes
Ricardo Santana – violation date January 28; $250 fine, raising his wrist above his helmet when using the crop during the seventh race
Anthony Salgado – violation date January 20; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes
Ricardo A Chiappe – violation date January 20; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 9 strikes
Tampa Bay Downs
Carlos Eduardo Rojas- violation date January 18; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes
Carlos Eduardo Rojas – violation date January 18: Rojas has accumulated a total of 23 points for violations of HISA Rule 2280 (b), (1), though six of the points are under appeal and a stay has being granted, so the total points is reduced to 17 points. “Jockey Carlos E. Rojas is hereby suspended 15 calendar days based on points accumulated for multiple violations. To be serve from Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 through and including Wednesday, February 15, 2023.”