KY commission upholds Campbell's fine
June 06, 2013
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At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to uphold a $150 fine levied against driver John Campbell for his drive on Odds On Equuleus on Sept. 29, 2012, at The Red Mile, when the judges placed the horse from first to seventh. The judges ruled that Campbell took his horse up "abruptly...causing confusion among trailing horses."
Alan Leavitt, the only Standardbred representative on the 13-person Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, voted against the fine being upheld, noting that voting about the amount of the fine did not address the matter of whether or not the judges' action was correct.
"The only thing that could be considered by the commission for the vote, because of the statute, was whether or not the fine of $150 was appropriate," said Leavitt. "Placings cannot be appealed in Kentucky. I realize it is a big deal to reverse a commission official, but this is the one case that should be re-examined. The Kentucky rule is that placings cannot be appealed and reversed."
At a hearing on Nov. 19 Campbell was issued a $150 fine, which he subsequently appealed.
In April 2013, Robin Schadt, who trains Odds On Equuleus for Odds On Racing, said their attorney was preparing a motion that will be filed in Circuit Court in Kentucky to appeal the disqualification. (harnessracing.com)