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I noticed how they looked frequently at him for approval
Penn National Race Track in Grantville, Pennsylvania is, like other race
tracks, a closed community. More money than any owner made at any one
race track that year. They then said in last week’s trial that they never accused me of
having sore horses. Sometimes the thing that separates the
haves and the have-nots is opportunity. They sent Gail
Emerson to my farm. I knew at that moment that since
Krulock got me the stalls at Penn National that he could take them away.
. I made it possible for the
trainer to make money and the owners to make money, rather than have the
trainer survive by cheating the owner.
I guess miracles can happen.
Penn National knew that I had complained multiple times about the racing
surface. I wasn’t doing
anything special. It seems they rely heavily on reading The
Blood-Horse magazine. This trainer was Stephanie
Beattie. Every year the track
has had major issues with breakdowns.
In fact they did not even investigate before or after ejecting me or
Adamo, not one of them. This was more money than next the top 15 owners at
Penn National combined.
They believed that the Commission had immunities that they could hide
behind. My dream was always to win the Kentucky Derby; instead this has been my
living nightmare. What if
I told you he has just given a sworn deposition, under oath, that they
were never were dangerous? What jockey would know better if my horses
were sound than the jockey that was riding them all? How could any other
jockeys say anything if they didn’t ride them? Also, what if Otero and
Jockey Clinton Potts just said under oath that they did not give anyone
express permission to use their names on the jockey petition?
Penn National doesn’t want you to pay attention to the horses; they want
you in the casino. Tell
me this, what is more controversial than telling the truth?
In fact in a federal trial held last week, Michael Dillon, former Acting
Executive Secretary of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission said
under oath that he spoke with three jockeys about their concerns, one
was Clifton and he just could not remember the other two. I have spent my career defending myself
from the corrupt, with their fear of you hearing me. When you look at it, you see nothing but
locals. My understanding
is that they do vet check now, why didn’t they then? I offered to have
the state vet at Penn National check all my horses on the grounds and at
my farm, Penn National declined. They had nothing else.
I’m no longer in horse racing so I have no motive to share my story
other than the truth.
Penn National continues to be scrutinized for their unsafe track
He has commented publicly about my horses breaking down. They raced a total of 820 times
during the year. But they blamed me, not the track.
So Krulock had the two top racing outfits in Penn National using his
offense to The Blood-Horse magazine, but it is not ALL that these
commissioners should know.
You may remember reading Otero saying my horses were dangerous. I made $3.1
million dollars there in 2009. Then it became very clear. They do not like cutting up their share of the pie. I noticed how one Commissioner after another on the stand
appeared more hesitant, guarded and confused than the one before.
I went into racing knowing it was a business and I believed I could be a
champion. The vast majority went back to Penn National. They had the State of Pennsylvania do their dirty work and we
learned in last week’s trial that Commission’s lawyers warned them that
I could sue the Commission. I am not kidding, read the transcripts. Penn National operates
under a license, as I do. I then asked to have Dana Whitney
ride on all the horses. Those that wanted me out would have
given their eyeballs to have come up with a bad test to make it easy to
get rid of me. They have never come to my defense
because they are made up of horse owners and trainers that do not want
me in the industry because I am cutting up their pie. Krulock then gave me Willie Otero to
ride all my horses and then hired Dana Whitney. Only the Commission could take their
license away. To my knowledge this was the only race track in the country where
all horses didn’t get checked by a veterinarian before each race.
I got into Penn National when John Krulock (agent for jockeys Thomas
Clifton and Willie Otero) offered me 49 stalls if I rode his Jockeys
first call. In fact in 2008, just one year before, it had fourteen fatal
breakdowns in two weeks. I claimed horses for $20,000 and won for $40,000. Want proof? Simply walk inside of the casino and then
walk out back to the stables where the horses live. For all those
concerned, you have taken your best shot at me and I am still standing. “The slippery slope is if the measurement or action taken is
going to be on when this occurs, as it may also involve others who
people feel are not an issue.” McErlean wrote this in his email, a copy
of which I have in my possession.
The Commission and Dillon listed three separate complaints: 1) Penn
National, 2) Jockeys and 3) the HBPA. There must have
been some magical wand that was waived to make them all instantly sound. I also quickly learned that it is possible for people to be
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