Although driver Jim Morrill Jr. was taken off his drives midway through last Saturday afternoon’s card at The Red Mile for allegedly being drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, which led to his indefinite suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, he was allowed to drive Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and will again be in the sulky Wednesday night.
“We already called Jim in and told him he could race last night and tonight, but that would be it,” Larry Willis, presiding judge at Pocono, explained to harnessracing.com Wednesday morning. “It was a lot easier for the fans and us to not make all the driver changes. He was already programmed before it happened.”
Morrill made the most of the opportunity on Tuesday as he won four of eight races. He is listed to drive in 11 of 14 races on Wednesday night, and following that card the reciprocity of the suspension will commence.
Willis said he made a phone call to Rich Williams, the presiding judge at The Red Mile, to ask if he had any objection to allowing Morrill to drive the two nights, and that Willliams said it would be OK.
“I told him that it was up to their state rules and what they wanted to do,” Williams told harnessracing.com. “I have no jurisdiction over Pennsylvania.”
Williams said Morrill will remain suspended until a hearing, and as of now no date is scheduled.