From the January Cal Expo (harness racing) Stewards’ Minutes:
“Driver Mark Eaton was fined for violation of the ‘House Whipping Rule’ – ‘ANY BLATANT OR EXAGGERATED MOVEMENTS OF THE WHIPPING ARM WHICH WILL RESULT FROM RAISING THE ELBOW ABOVE THE DRIVER’S SHOULDER HEIGHT AND/OR ALLOWING THE HAND HOLDING THE WHIP TO REACH BEHIND THE DRIVER DURING THE USE OF THE WHIP.’ Mr. Eaton had to agree that his whipping action was excessive and accepted the penalty.” Upshot: $50 fine.
“Driver Tim Clevenger appeared in the Stewards office in order to review his drive aboard Bluebird Cheetah. The burly Clevenger used his whip excessively and with unnecessary force throughout the stretch drive. The Stewards told Clevenger a repeat performance of his January 11th actions will lead to an immediate and significant escalation of sanctions. Clevenger agreed with the Stewards evaluation of the drive.” Upshot: $100 fine.
“Driver Patrick Galbraith appeared in the Stewards office in order to review his actions in the stretch drive of last night’s first race. The Stewards all felt Galbraith was over zealous with his use of the whip… Taking the driving crop back behind the head prior to its usage is not allowed by the stewards. A penalty will be issued regarding this matter. More to follow.” Upshot: “more to follow.”
And finally, on January 16th, “Following the running of the fourth race seventh place finisher St. Lads Kingpin collapsed while pulling up past the finish line. Shortly after…it was reported that St. Lads Kingpin had expired on the track.” Upshot: dead.