Trainer Jeffery Scott Raley, already under suspension in Kentucky for one year, has had two years added to his suspension after two horses he trains ran at Churchill Downs under the name of another trainer.
According to a July 4 ruling from Churchill Downs stewards, the horse Spontaneous Diva, who ran in the seventh race on May 9, and Forest Lord, who competed in the May 13 ninth race, were under the care of Raley at the High Point Training Center, even though he was suspended. Both horses were entered in the name of trainer Joseph C. Landry.
"On both occasions, Mr. Raley organized the arrangements for transportation, issue of health certificates, and pre-race treatment of horses involved. Mr. Raley arranged for the horses to run under the name of trainer Joseph C. Landry, who had not participated in any manner in the care, supervision or entry of the above named horses."
The ruling stated Raley’s actions violated terms of his one-year suspension dated March 7 after an employee of the trainer had been apprehended in the receiving barn at Turfway Park while carrying a hypodermic needle and syringe containing a metabolite of vodka. Under Kentucky racing rules, the metabolite, ethanol alcohol, is a class A substance. As a result, Raley was suspended one year, beginning March 18.
With the additional penalties from the latest incidents, Raley is suspended until March 17, 2013.
State senior steward John Veitch said no action has been taken against Landry and that the investigation is continuing.