Friday, March 14, 2014
Fraley Banned at Meadowlands
By Bill Finley
P.J. Fraley, a top trainer whose barn includes three-time Dan Patch Award winner Anndrovette, has been informed that he will no longer be allowed to participate at the three tracks owned by Jeff Gural, the Meadowlands, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs.
The Gural tracks have also banned trainer Alvin Callahan.
As has been the case each time the Meadowlands has barred a trainer, Gural declined to comment on the decisions. Fraley also declined to comment other than to say he will likely have something say in the near future.
Fraley is the primary trainer for owner Jeff Bamond and took over many of the stable's horses when prior trainer Mark Kesmodel received a 105-day suspension from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board when Anndrovette tested positive in 2011 for the drug Oxymetazoline, a decongestant found in products like Afrin.
Bamond, who co-owns Anndrovette with Joseph Davino, said he was standing by Fraley.
"I won't have much of a comment for now because everything still isn't worked out," Bamond said. "I will say that I am going to stand by P.J. Whatever they are saying happened is false and we will, maybe, pursue this a different way."
Fraley picked right up where Kesmodel left off when he took over in 2011, winning with 403 of his 2,119 races with earnings of more than $8.4 million. Fraley has not had a particularly good year at the Meadowlands, where he is 8 for 77 since the meet began in late November.
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