A recent ruling from Hoosier Park, a harness track in Indiana: “While driving No. 7 Fashion Baby in race 8 on Apr 1, driver Jordan Ross did cause welts while whipping the horse. Mr. Ross is fined $200.” Then this: “Penalty was mitigated because Mr. Ross was within the IHRC whipping guidelines.” Causing welts is “within Commission guidelines”? Fashion Baby “won,” by the way, so I suppose those welts were worth it.
And from Louisiana: “Eric Reyes was fined $100 for excessive use of his whip during the post parade at Louisiana Downs on Mar 10.” Excessive whipping – in post parade.