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Taylor responds to NY glaucine positives

February 17, 2017

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In response to Thursday's announcement by the New York State Gaming Commission regarding alleged glaucine positives for 26 trainers, attorney Howard Taylor sent a statement Friday afternoon to harnessracing.com on behalf of five named trainers: Ron Burke, Mark Ford, Julie Miller, Rob Harmon and Richard Johnson.
Here is the statement from Taylor:
The statement issued yesterday by the New York State Gaming Commission is most disappointing, and deeply flawed. The statement would lead one to believe that the 26 trainers listed did something wrong, or violated some rule.
To the contrary, the trainers listed were guilty of nothing. This is evidenced by the fact that no penalty was given out to anyone, with the possible exception of one individual who has done nothing different from the others.
As the Commission is well aware, the Glaucine positives come from wood sawdust used to be the horses' stalls. The fact that the levels document that the Glaucine was "introduced" on race day is of no significance, as the horses are bedded down every day, not just race day. The levels present are not indicative of anything.
The New York Commission has yet to show the science which would support any differentiation concerning the levels found in any horse. If and when this information is released, we intend to have the research independently verified.
It is interesting to note that this "new research" was conducted in part by the Pennsylvania officials who, like those in Delaware and Maryland, recognized that the Glaucine comes from environmental contamination from the wood shavings, and decided correctly not to penalize any trainer.
The actions of the New York Commission have done nothing to preserve the integrity of the sport. Rather, the misleading statements brought nothing but bad publicity to a sport that can ill afford the black eye.
The New York Commission is not "leading the way when it comes to preserving integrity in horse racing." Rather they have put themselves out on an island against every other jurisdiction who has weighed the facts and circumstances surrounding Glaucine, and decided to take no action based upon fundamental fairness.
This matter is far from concluded, and it is my sincere hope that the NY Commission can be convinced of their overaction and stand in line with every other racing jurisdiction in trying to seek a logical solution to this inadvertent contamination issue.
Howard Taylor
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