Some of the weekly harness rulings:
Northfield, Aug 6: “Christopher Russo was observed striking a horse with a head pole after race 5. He is hereby fined $1,000 and suspended for 30 days. The penalty will be reduced to a fine of $500 with 15 days suspension if not appealed.”
Northfield, Aug 9: “While driving Leviticus in race 11, Elliott Deaton whipped the horse after the finish. Mr. Deaton is hereby fined $500. The penalty will be reduced to a fine of $300 if not appealed.”
Arden, Aug 13: “Jack Killeen used his whip after the finish while driving Some Bet Yankee in the 9th race. Mr. Killeen is fined $200.”
Incidentally, there were four violations for “Talking on the Race Track”; each garnered a fine of $100. Russo – who, again, struck his horse with a pole after the race – ended up paying only $500. What more can I say?