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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


According to a Paulick Report story, the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) has given trainer Wayne Potts one week to vacate his barn at Laurel Park, where he keeps 30 horses, after track officials discovered Potts was program training for embattled colleague Marcus Vitali.

Further, according to MJC president and general manager Sal Sinatra, Potts’s name is on a list at Charles Town, Parx, and Delaware Park and he will not be permitted to run horses at those facilities, either.

But apparently Saratoga is OK.

The Wayne Potts trained Our Destiny–making his first start vs. New York-breds this year for Potts after prior runs at Laurel and Monmouth Park–proved clearly best, going wire to wire beneath Tyler Gaffalione after adding blinkers.

The Potts trainee is owned by Rohan Ramdat, who was the trainer of record for his three-year-old debut back at Belmont Park, June 20. Joseph Parker was the trainer of record when the chestnut colt made two state-bred starts at Saratoga last year.

Stay tuned…

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  1. That paulick article is really something else. Just so discouraging, the whole thing.

    If you were somehow even still standing a few paragraphs into it, the news of Navarro’s return certainly finished you off.

    It’s ridiculous

    1. Doc, it was depressing for sure. We’ve been touting federal oversight for years, bills have been written and lay dead in Congress while the game’s leaders have been supporting the measure and the public is demanding it yet nothing happens.

      The most depressing aspect? The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is not well named. They are not doing all they can do for the horse and never mind the betting public. What they are protecting is the right to continue using permitted medications on race-day.

  2. Even as depressing is then reading the comments below and actually seeing a couple of posts supporting Vitali & Navarro. It is easy to assume it’s just someone connected to them trying to help shape the narrative, but on the other hand what if there are actually ‘fans’ that aren’t connected to these crooks that legitimately take their side? I guess these days anything is possible, but meanwhile the game will circle the drain if more and more continue to distrust it so strongly – with good reason.

    I feel like Badgett is just in a completely no-win situation down there; the problem is caused way before it gets to him imo. Like you said, the lack of federal oversight is the killer here, and putting it on the individual track administrations -none of whom are investigators and don’t really have the time it would take to play inspector gadget – is just patently unfair, and passing the buck. The fish stinks from the head.

  3. Oh ok so let’s see It’s fine to program train around the country but not for this crook ?
    It’s done everywhere everyday.. funny thing is tracks know who’s shipping in that’s doing this ..
    I’m not sure how this works .. bout the same as someone asking you to enter a horse just to
    Make a race go knowing your gonna scratch.. I would like to hear Potts side of this especially
    The part where he used white out .. depends on who they are after in this game , not all
    Is gangsters , just program trainers ..

    1. You make good points and all regulars know what the problems are but there is no true will to clean it all up that’s why the feds are the only answer.
      And once again there would be 13 members on the panel with six from the racing industry and seven fed experts verse in medications, investigations, rule creation and enforcement of penalties.
      State patchworks fail miserably. Horsemen have too much veto power vis a vis simulcasting and hold the racetracks hostage.
      Participation in horse racing is a licensed privilege; not a right!

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