This ruling for Brevin Lupton at Dayton Raceway, Oct 19:
“A video was sent to the office of the Ohio Racing Commission which shows Mr. Lupton engaging in an act of cruelty to a horse. After a hearing in the judges office, at which Mr. Lupton appeared along with counsel, Mr. Lupton is fined $1,000 and given a 365-day suspension for engaging in an act of cruelty to a horse and for conduct against the best interest of horse racing. Mr. Lupton has 48 hours to appeal this decision to the OSRC.”
Lupton did appeal, though that was subsequently rendered irrelevant. To its credit, as it did in the Hiteman case, the United States Trotting Association issued its own ruling:
“Your…conduct is evidence of a lack of general fitness and your participation in harness racing is not consistent with the best interest of the sport…. For the above reasons, you are hereby declared ineligible for membership with the USTA.”
So once again, the USTA had to step in and clean up a racing commission’s failure. Meanwhile, I placed a FOIA for the video. Yes, it is hard to watch. (Lupton is the kicker.)
What more is there to say.