A Delaware Commission ruling yesterday on Emmanuel Ramirez: “The Safety Steward witnessed a violation of the riding crop during training hours after Mr. Ramirez struck the horse he was working more than 10 times [emphasis mine]. The steward…uncovered that Mr. Ramirez holds a Stable Employee license and not an Exercise Person’s license. Emmanuel Ramirez is fined $100 for participating in an occupation he is not licensed for; [he] is also fined $500 for excessive use of the riding crop.”
So: not licensed to ride, whacks the hell out of a horse, in a mere workout – no suspension, just a lousy fine.
In New Mexico, scene of eight van-offs in two days last weekend, the following:
“Trainer Arturo Chavez appeared before the Board of Stewards July 14. This hearing was regarding…a confirmed positive for the drug Methocarbamol taken from ‘One Secret Sister’ following the 2nd race on May 6 at Sunray Park.”
Chavez was fined but not suspended. The horse in question, One Secret, is just two years old, and this was her very first race. Again, that’s drugged in her first race. Also, after winning a race at Ruidoso in May, 3-year-old Quite Flashy tested positive for Dexamethasone. Trainer Clifford Graham was, like Chavez, fined but not suspended.
The lie of “racing takes animal abuse seriously” on full display – yet again.