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  • Brandon Jenkins @ Penn

    I found this article while browsing the Paulick Report. Does anyone know if there were any disciplinary actions brought against him?

    http://www.examiner.com/x-/x-25445-W...-for-slaughter

  • #2
    I don't know about this particular incident, but I've been told that the zero tolerance policy doesn't apply if the owner sold the horse privately to someone promising to provide it with a good home. If he had sold the horse with good intentions, then he would be off the hook as far as that policy is concerned.

    I've heard of that happening recently to some of the trainers at Penn, which is why I even mention it here. Someone comes along the backside, promising to give a good home to the horse they're selling. Then, that person turns around and auctions it, or takes it directly to slaughter. From the article, it sounds like Brandon is new to the area, so he may not yet know the faces of these people to stear clear of them.

    However, if all of that is not the case in this situation, then I would imagine something would have been done by now. Anybody have any first-hand knowledge?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by ClassyRide View Post

      I've heard of that happening recently to some of the trainers at Penn, which is why I even mention it here. Someone comes along the backside, promising to give a good home to the horse they're selling. Then, that person turns around and auctions it, or takes it directly to slaughter. From the article, it sounds like Brandon is new to the area, so he may not yet know the faces of these people to stear clear of them.
      1.) Brandon Jenkins has been at Penn for almost a year. The slaughter notification was all over the overnight at least several DOZEN times earlier in the year. You'd have to be a complete moron to not know about the policy.

      2.) Apparently, Jenkins doesn't know about the Clen Buterol rule either has he has had several positive drug tests in the past year including one recently after having a few quickly in May - to which he said he didn't understand the rule regarding Clen Buterol...what's the excuse for the positive recently?

      3.) Give me a break about trainers at Penn getting snookered into giving the horse a good home. As someone who has successfully dealt with getting horses good homes, it's very easy to spot the phony buyers compared to the real buyers. It's much easier to say "i gave him to someone who was going to give him a good home (knowing it may not be)" than it is to keep feeding them.

      Penn National could care less about these horses going to the killers. Their enforcement of this policy will never be like Suffolk - it was clearly a move to get some good PR and nothing more.
      Last edited by DickHertz; Jan. 15, 2010, 09:21 PM.

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      • #4
        Dick - thanks for clearing all of that up. I didn't know he'd been at Penn for over a year (I may have read the article wrong, but I thought it sounded like he was pretty brand new here), and certainly had no idea about the posi drug tests!
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        • #5
          This isn't the first time Penn horses have been found and trainers' names publicized- and nothing gets done. A week after this "policy" was announced way back when, a trainer had two sold to slaughter- they were pulled by another rescue, and the track notified by that rescue. Friends of mine on the backside said the trainer was laughing about it all a week later......nothing was ever done.

          This policy sounds good to the common racing fan but unless there is an alternative in place for these horses and repercussions for the "horsemen", they all go underground. Tracks need competitive horses on the backside filling races, non-competitive horses gone, and do not want to be in the horse ownership or horse rescue business.

          Same old same old.

          ETA-At least now Jenkins has horses listed on CANTER-PA
          Last edited by BeverlyAStrauss; Dec. 30, 2009, 03:25 PM. Reason: Footnote
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          • #6
            Originally posted by BeverlyAStrauss View Post
            Tracks need competitive horses on the backside filling races, non-competitive horses gone, and do not want to be in the horse ownership or horse rescue business.
            And then when they tell people to get certain horses off the track, but those people don't have their own farms or what have you, what then?

            These policies sound so good, but then there are few alternatives. Like... "DON'T SEND YOUR HORSE TO AN AUCTION... but by the way you have to get those two horses that haven't made any money all year off the track by next week"

            It's been said before, but unless there are giveup barns and/or euth programs, and more funding for local retirement groups so that there are actually places for them to go on tight notice, it seems to me the no-slaughter policies are lip service at best.
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            • #7
              And Penn has given $0 to retirment programs. Not surprising. Their response is (sic) "the HBPA is getting more money than ever so it's their call on whether or not to provide funding to retirement programs."

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              • #8
                Just as an FYI, I have been in contact with Chris McErlean, Penn's VP, about the Brandon Jenkins situation. Here are some excerpts from the e-mail he sent to me:

                "Penn National does not have any published "zero tolerence policy" regarding horse slaughter. I have no idea where that statement came from nor do I know who it can attributed to. We have debated various options but quite frankly, there is no feasible way to have one defined "policy" in this regard. Even those who state they have a policy on horse slaughter (Suffolk Downs for example) will tell you that there is no "one size fits all" solution in this matter.

                I can tell you that Penn National, and Charles Town, have identified several shippers that would come on to the racetrack grounds and purchase horses with the intention of bringing them to New holland or other more well known "killer sales." We have in fact barred two individuals who were conduting this type of business from our grounds.

                As noted before there is a very slippery slope as to the enforcement of a "zero tolerence policy." How long from when a horse races does it stay in effect - through how many owners - how many races at a track? Do you specify any sale or just specific ones?

                I know this is not a popular stance but I do feel that owners and trainers abdicate a great deal of their responsibility in these matters. I think the horsemen and their "leadership groups" do a poor job in advising their members as to options available for horses that can no longer race and in providing assistance or logistics to match horsemen and such placement groups. In most cases the track where the horse last raced is identified and it is seen as the track, and no one elses responsibility, to handle the situation. I am not saying the tracks should be totally hands off but I do think that the court of public opinion in most of these matters focuses too much on the tracks and not enough on those individuals who have the day to day responsibility of the horses."

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                • #9
                  I'm not surprised that Chris McEarlern doesn't read the overnights his own company puts out. So, I guess instead of

                  "Any trainer whose horses are found at local slaughter facility and sold for slaughter face the loss of their stalls and a possible managment exclusion"

                  to

                  "We really don't want you to send horses to slaughter because it's bad PR for horse racing when these rescue groups find our horses there."

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                  • #10
                    Well said, DickHertz.........

                    It is certainly not the sole responsibility of the racetracks to provide an "out"- everyone who is involved with racing- EVERYONE- should have to contribute in one way or another to the welfare of our ex-racers.

                    That blurb on the bottom of the overnight causes far more horses to be lost than allowing them to go to New Holland. And those 'shifty undesirable truckers'? They work with us and call us about salvageable horses all the time- they are not the bad guys here. They are not the ones breeding them. They are not the ones breaking the horses down. They are not the ones tapping joints again and again and again. They are not the ones telling trainers to move the slow ones out. They are simply the cleanup guys.
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                    • #11
                      I was having a conversation with my daughter the other day and she mentioned "Brandon" who is in the same barn at Penn. I asked her if it was Brandon Jenkins and, of course, she said yes. I told her that there's been some bad press about him and she reiterated the oft-quoted opinion that one can't be responsible for a horse that has been given/sold to another person who intends to give the horse a new lease on life. Which is true, of course, but doesn't always pass the sniff test when a TB is moved off the track.

                      I doubt she knows about the bad tests. Why in the world is this guy still stabled there? He's had FOUR bad tests within a year's time? For cryingoutloud, what else does management need for ammunition? I'm not naive. Not by a long shot. I've seen it all. But, in case any of the powers the be care, they might open their eyes, put their asses on the line and take actions to get the bad guys out of Dodge.

                      TB racing is in big trouble. Everywhere. I maintain that cheating undermines the sport in every possible way and the horses pay the ultimate price. I know that the world revolves around the all-mighty dollar, but, from my humble, teeny-tiny perspective, the thrill of bringing along a "cheap" horse, without the high-priced breeding, without the big name trainer, and winning races....sometimes Stakes races....is the motivation to continue on, without cheating. Where is the thrill in that?

                      And, if racing is merely a business with a focus on the bottom-line, level the playing field. Throw out the bums. Monitor barns. Get commando about banning trainers with out-of-the-ballpark infractions that involve blocking, excessive tapping, snake-venom injections.

                      And, to get back on-track (pun intentional), every track should have a venue for posting horses for sale/adoption at the completion of their racing careers. It's not difficult, but it does involve dedicated people who are committed to finding homes for the ex-racers. They are NOT difficult to place: savvy horse people all over the country know that these horses are diamonds in the rough. OTTBs are more easily placed than many trainers may realize. To send them to auction is a product of sheer laziness, e.g. I need this stall empty now. Shame on them.

                      Geez, I got my goat up! Can't help it. NOT ONE SINGLE HORSE deserves to have the last ride on a double decker.

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                      • #12
                        "And, if racing is merely a business with a focus on the bottom-line, level the playing field. Throw out the bums. Monitor barns. Get commando about banning trainers with out-of-the-ballpark infractions that involve blocking, excessive tapping, snake-venom injections. "

                        Agreed BUT tracks everywhere are facing short fields- they need horses to run races to keep the slots going and the few bettors left coming to the windows. IMHO the future holds many tracks shuttered or turned into straight casinos.......
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BeverlyAStrauss View Post

                          Agreed BUT tracks everywhere are facing short fields- they need horses to run races to keep the slots going and the few bettors left coming to the windows. IMHO the future holds many tracks shuttered or turned into straight casinos.......
                          Tracks do fear this, but I wonder when Horse Racing will realize how many owners turn sour on a daily basis because they lose races to known chemists. I truly believe if the game was cleaned up and the horseman would once again start winning races that a lot of former owners would come back eventually. Perhaps wishful thinking, but I know A LOT of people who left because the sport is a joke right now.

                          You need to look no further than the laughable situation at Philly Park. Jayne Cheater Vaders is given lifetime ban and Old Ed Auwater who has seen the winner's circle as much as Zippy Chippy, suddenly becomes a 20% trainer overnight. Why? because the man running the shedrow is still the same guy that was there when Vaders was the program trainer.

                          I for the life of me can not understand why people do not get more than just loss of purse for Class IV or higher infractions. And when situations like what is going on at Philly Park come up, why not just reassign the stalls to a completely different trainer instead of someone who hardly knows how to put on a tongue tie?

                          The reality is about half of the tracks in this country are owned by gaming companies, not racetrack companies. And for that reason, the sport is quickly going down the toilet. In two years, there will be no racing at Mountaineer Park. In five years, there will be no racing at Penn National. Don't know about others, but these two will definitely not be running horses after those time frames.

                          Does anyone reading this really think that the Jamie Ness' and Julio Cartagena's of the world are really better horseman than the Dicke Small's of the world...even though they have a percentage that is about twice as good as he? Today it's all about how much $$$ your owner has and a formula to win. Got a lot of money? Tap with depo/acid mix, shockwave them, block. All of a sudden, you got a winner's circle picture.
                          Last edited by DickHertz; Jan. 15, 2010, 09:19 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Just in case any non-race track people are reading this thread I got 2 of my favorite horses from Penn! Diamonds in the rough
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                            • #15
                              "Tracks do fear this, but I wonder when Horse Racing will realize how many owners turn sour on a daily basis because they lose races to known chemists."

                              That is the main reason why we don't race anymore- that and losing track of horses through the claim box and having them end up at slaughter in spite of our best efforts.....We always had a couple, from the 80's through early 00's, but no more, we are DONE.

                              Tracks must also worry about losing those pure at heart racing fans, they have gotten a lot smarter and care about the horses.
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                                #16
                                Well, I didn't mean to spark this debate again...

                                I was just wondering if there had been any follow-through with this guy, as from my interpretation of the article, it was obvious that the trainer sent the horse to the auction directly, as stated from his personal note attached to the registration papers (and subsequently not showing up to retreive the horse). Since this didn't appear to be a situation where the trainer could pass-the-buck, I figured it would be a good indication of how Penn plans to handle these situations going forward.

                                Dick, it looks like Penn only keeps the current overnights up and neither of them have the zero-tolerance policy. If you see it again, let us know and maybe LittleHound can forward it to that wanker McErlean.

                                As for Clenbuterol, that could be it's own thread. They should've banned it along with the Winstrol.

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by BeverlyAStrauss View Post
                                  Agreed BUT tracks everywhere are facing short fields- they need horses to run races to keep the slots going and the few bettors left coming to the windows. IMHO the future holds many tracks shuttered or turned into straight casinos.......
                                  Not all tracks. Try getting a horse in at Tampa. Their short week seems to work for them. Also, I hear field sizes are up at TP because MTR closed. I think tracks need to work with each other to create a better circuit, and maybe shorten their week a bit. They just need to find that balance between filling fields and offering enough races to satisfy the horse population.

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by DickHertz View Post
                                    Tracks do fear this, but I wonder when Horse Racing will realize how many owners turn sour on a daily basis because they lose races to known chemists. I truly believe if the game was cleaned up and the horseman would once again start winning races that a lot of former owners would come back eventually. Perhaps wishful thinking, but I know A LOT of people who left because the sport is a joke right now.
                                    Honestly, you know what pisses me off as an owner? The BS charges that show up every month. Like stall rent. At $70/day, stall rent should be included. $300/month for vitamins. I had one that came down with a lung infection at PID. $30/day for Baytril. Fine. Then the horse moves to Churchill and the vet bill is $50/day for the Baytril. My boyfriend is a racehorse Vet. I KNOW that the shot of Baytril cost that Vet $11.67. When I called the Vet (Dr. Lindquist at Churchill) to bitch about it, I told her that the guy at PID charged $30 and I thought that was a reasonable and fair mark-up. $50 is not. Her response was "well, the owners at PID can't afford to pay what the owners at Churchill can." WTF??? Until someone reins these people in, owners are going to get fed up and leave.

                                    Honestly, I would love for my horse to pay his way, but I'm in this because I love it and I know I'm throwing the money away. I consider it's consumption value. However, it completely rankles me to know I'm getting screwed. That's the problem.

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                                    • #19
                                      [QUOTE=foundationmare;4586922]They are NOT difficult to place: savvy horse people all over the country know that these horses are diamonds in the rough. [/QUOTE

                                      I beg to differ. It IS difficult to place a lot of OTTBs. The big, fancy ones that will resell for a lot of money - no. People are in line for those. But the rest of them are a challenge to place. Needing a stall isn't just about greed - it's about the ability to continue in this business. You have a finite number of stalls at the track and turning away a horse that can make you money in favor of one that you can't even give away is a bad business decision. And, to be honest, dealing with many of the buyers out there is an utter and complete headache. I cannot count the number of hours I have spent taking nitpicky photos of every joint on a horse, trying to get video that shows the horse's gaits off to his advantage, and explaining that they are more than welcome to vet the horse, take him on trial, whatever - but I do not have his entire life history because I only claimed him a little while ago and no, he has not been trained to jump/work cattle/babysit kids on the trail. I still do it and try my best to find homes for the horses, but I have friends who won't - for the reasons I just stated. A place to drop these horses off would be a BIG help.

                                      As noted before there is a very slippery slope as to the enforcement of a "zero tolerence policy." How long from when a horse races does it stay in effect - through how many owners - how many races at a track? Do you specify any sale or just specific ones?
                                      I very much agree with McErlean's point. Once you transfer ownership of a horse, you can't control what the new person does with it, but that tattoo will always trace back to the last owner and trainer who raced it. That's a problem. Plus, as a trainer, you can't control what the horse's owner does with it.

                                      Honestly, I would love for my horse to pay his way, but I'm in this because I love it and I know I'm throwing the money away. I consider it's consumption value. However, it completely rankles me to know I'm getting screwed. That's the problem.
                                      I agree with Las Olas. This is what is driving owners out of the sport. It's hard enough to even break even in this business, but way too often owners are bled until dry from every possible angle. To add to LO's example - I had a young horse with a guy at the track getting ready to run. After I picked the horse up, I continued to get vet bills (and these vet bills were INSANE for a horse not yet racing - random joint injections no one could explain, 20 POUNDS of Thyrol-L per month, etc.). I called the vet clinic and was told that my account was on "auto-bill" and I - as owner and responsible party - was not authorized to change that. Only the trainer could make that change and until he did, I was responsible for paying all charges - all mythical, fraudulent charges for a horse that hadn't been in the barn for 6 weeks. I was floored - but that pretty much sums up the owner's role in this business - pay whatever bill is handed to you and keep your eyes and mouth shut. I'm not sure how that got to be the norm, but it gets old to a lot of people very quickly - especially when your horses aren't running well.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by SleepyFox View Post

                                        I beg to differ. It IS difficult to place a lot of OTTBs. The big, fancy ones that will resell for a lot of money - no. People are in line for those. But the rest of them are a challenge to place.
                                        And a challenge to resell, regardless of how nimble and honest they may be.

                                        I had a young horse with a guy at the track getting ready to run. After I picked the horse up, I continued to get vet bills (and these vet bills were INSANE for a horse not yet racing - random joint injections no one could explain, 20 POUNDS of Thyrol-L per month, etc.). I called the vet clinic and was told that my account was on "auto-bill" and I - as owner and responsible party - was not authorized to change that. Only the trainer could make that change and until he did, I was responsible for paying all charges - all mythical, fraudulent charges for a horse that hadn't been in the barn for 6 weeks. I was floored - but that pretty much sums up the owner's role in this business - pay whatever bill is handed to you and keep your eyes and mouth shut. I'm not sure how that got to be the norm, but it gets old to a lot of people very quickly - especially when your horses aren't running well.
                                        Wow, just wow.

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