A ruling over the weekend by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission:
“Charles Conrad used the whip in a brutal and excessive manner while driving ‘Sandcastle’ in the 2nd race on May 28 at Oak Grove, causing a cut inside the stifle.”
For using the whip “in a brutal and excessive manner” (and causing physical damage), Mr. Conrad was suspended for five days and fined $500. Justice served? Sandcastle, by the way, is just two years old. In another by the way – and, surprise, surprise – this is not Charlie’s first offense (of course it is our position that every time he gets in the sulky abuse ensues). In addition to being cited in Kentucky before, he was also “caught” in Indiana, and surely plenty of other jurisdictions. Serial abuser, defined.