Trainer Josh Green, assistant trainer Boyd Hudson Jr., and veterinarian Dr. Jan Henriksen have all been suspended by the New Jersey Racing Commission as a result of their roles in the death last September of the horse Giddy Up Lucky following what was reported at the time as a reaction to an iron supplement.
Green, the leading trainer at Dover Downs for seven consecutive years and currently fifth on both the 2012 North American dash and earnings list, received a 90-day suspension, with Hudson and Dr. Henriksen each receiving one-year suspensions. All suspensions will begin on May 1. Green and Dr. Henriksen were also each fined $5,000, with Hudson fined $1,000.
Giddy Up Lucky, the winner of the 2011 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park and runner-up in the George Morton Levy Memorial final at Yonkers Raceway, had career earnings of $1,193,525. The son of Camluck, who was sixth at the time of his death, posted a fifth-place finish in his last race in the Sept. 19 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway. Green is stabled at Magical Acres in New Jersey.
According to the rulings, Green was sanctioned for "allowing his second trainer to inject a horse under his care and custody, which resulted in the death of Giddy Up Lucky.” Hudson was cited for "injecting the horse Giddy Up Lucky with a loaded syringe which resulted in the death of the horse.” Dr. Henriksen was suspended for providing "a loaded syringe and needle to be administered by a trainer which resulted in the death of a horse.”