View Full Version : Mullins banned from NYRA tracks for 6-mo

Oct. 30, 2009, 01:25 AM
Hit the road Jack, and don't ya come back no more, no more (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/sports/30horse.html?_r=2&emc=eta1):

The New York Racing Association will announce Friday that the trainer Jeff Mullins will be barred from its racetracks for six months for giving one of his horses an unknown substance in the Aqueduct monitoring barn in April and repeatedly lying about it.

The association has also made it clear that, in contrast to past practices among trainers, Mullins cannot transfer his horses to an employee, relative or business associate to get around the suspension in order to run in New York.

The origins of Mullins’s punishment go back to April 4, when he was caught giving what he said was a cough remedy to Gato Go Win with a dose syringe in the Aqueduct security barn. No medications are allowed in the barn, except for an anti-bleeding drug that can be administered only by a state veterinarian. The horse was scratched, but later that day, Mullins won the Wood Memorial with I Want Revenge.

Two days later, Mullins said that security personnel searched his bucket, where the substance and a syringe were in plain sight with soap and a sponge. Mullins, who is based in California, said he did not know of New York’s strict rules despite having items seized on two previous dates when his horses ran in New York.

The New York Times link above has the full article.

Most telling - and disappointing - is that the ban has no impact to Jeff in California:

Mullins is free to run in any other racing jurisdiction during the ban. That includes Santa Anita in California, where he intends to run a horse next week at the Breeders’ Cup, one of racing’s richest events.

Blinkers On
Oct. 30, 2009, 01:46 AM
It ought to but he does have his own personal hell to deal with in CA that might just be punishment enough on the left coast. That tops anything that is IEAH or IWR related.