Harnessracing.com has learned that trainer Rene Allard, currently fourth in the dash standings at the Meadowlands, has been told by track management that he has been excluded from racing at that racetrack.
Allard started six horses last weekend at the Meadowlands but did not have any starters listed this weekend, and in answer to an email inquiry, Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural confirmed Thursday afternoon that Allard "is not eligible to participate going forward.” Gural did not state any reason for Allard's exclusion.
Allard has 18 wins in 122 starts this year at the Meadowlands, with $252,455 in earnings. He also currently is the leading dash-winning trainer at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with 24 wins, and is fourth in the standings at Yonkers with 37 victories. Allard has horses scheduled to start at both Pocono and Yonkers over the next several days. He currently stands second in North America with 173 wins and $1.68 million in purse earnings.
Gural also confirmed to harnessracing.com that trainer Casie Coleman, whose 60-day suspension from the Ontario Racing Commission for positive tests for flumethasone on horses she raced at Woodbine Racetrack expired on May 3, will be able to race at the Meadowlands. Upon announcement of Coleman's suspension, track officials announced that during the suspension any horses associated with any of Coleman's assistants would not be allowed to race, and her situation would be reviewed upon its conclusion.
"Casie's suspension ended and she is allowed to race on conditions that she has agreed to,” said Gural.
Coleman's lone starter this weekend at the Meadowlands is Lucan Hanover, who is entered in the New Jersey Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday.