The long-awaited Kentucky Horse Racing Commission report on Life At Ten’s participation in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs will be released March 10.
KHRC executive director Lisa Underwood said the full report of the extensive investigation, as well as recommendations, will be presented to the full commission during the March 10 meeting at the headquarters of the U.S. Dressage Federation, located at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.
Life At Ten, owned by Candy DeBartolo and trained by Todd Pletcher, finished last in the Ladies’ Classic as the second choice at odds of 7-2. With jockey John Velazquez aboard, Life At Ten had no run when the field left the gate, and she was not persevered with throughout the 1 1/8-mile race.
Before the race, Velazquez told retired jockey Jerry Bailey, who was assisting with the ESPN coverage of the Breeders’ Cup, that the filly did not look right, but he apparently did not relay those concerns to the stewards or any KHRC veterinarians.
The Office of the Inspector General in the Kentucky Transportation Department also assisted the KHRC in its probe. Though the commission staff, under its director of security, conducted the bulk of the investigation, the Transportation Department official was brought in to handle the role of the stewards in the Life At Ten matter to avoid conflicts of interest.