Small Fine for Trainer After Horse's Death

Trainer Kathy Jarvis fined $1,000 following death of Slippin' Around.

The trainer who failed to report the pre-race death of her horse to the stewards at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort this spring has received a penalty similar to those given for minor medication violations.

Trained by Kathy Jarvis for AFM Stables, Slippin' Around died April 19 in the Mountaineer receiving barn. A 5-year-old Storm Boot mare, Slippin' Around had been scheduled to race in the ninth race that night, a $5,000 claiming event. The death was not promptly reported to the stewards.

Stewards at Mountaineer fined trainer Jarvis $1,000 for "failure to promptly report to the Mountaineer stewards the change in the condition of her horse 'Slippin' Around,' necessitating a late scratch from the ninth race April 19." The ruling was issued June 27.

The West Virginia Racing Commission conducted an investigation of the incident, including the actions of commission staff. The WVRC did not say July 1 if any staff members faced sanctions.