Debbie Arrington, a former correspondent for The Horseman And Fair World magazine and staff writer for the Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, CA), has reported that the the California Horse Racing Board is investigating the death of Nutmegs Davey, a 5-year-old pacer who succumbed Sunday at Cal Expo, less than 24 hours after winning a Saturday night race. The horse's remains were apparently taken from the track to a local farm without notifying authorities.
California racing rules require that any horse that dies at a California racetrack for any reason must be transported to UC Davis' California Animal Health and Food Safety lab for a necropsy. The California Horse Racing Board declined to comment.
Ormin A. Carrera, who bought Nutmegs Davey on Jan. 25, and trainer Dario M. Solares have been banned from Cal Expo indefinitely. Pending the investigation, they also face suspension of their racing licenses or possible criminal charges.
"I've never heard of an incident of a horse being removed (in this way) in the 20-some years I've been involved in racing,” said Chris Schick, general manager of the Cal Expo meet for operator Watch & Wager LLC.
After hearing of the horse's death, Watch & Wager officials and the CHRB tracked down Nutmegs Davey's body. "We transported the horse to UCD,” Schick said. "(The case) is now in the CHRB's hands.”
Nutmegs Davey, a 5-year-old son of Jenna's Beach Boy, was raced in stakes as a 2 year old by trainer Brian Brown. He was raced in a $3,000 claimer before he died.
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