Owner Appeals DQ in Maryland Stakes

King and Crusader was administered a medication within two hours of race.

An attorney representing horse owner James Riccio has filed an appeal of the disqualification of King and Crusader from his Dec. 17 win in the Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park.

The horse, who has subsequently won both of his starts in 2012, was disqualified because he was administered a medication within two hours of the race, a violation of Maryland racing rules.

In addition to Riccio forfeiting the winner’s purse in the $75,000 race, stewards also levied a $500 fine against trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. and fined veterinarian Brian Delp $1,000.

The disqualification came about after the trainers of the second- through fourth-place finishers in the race filed protests with stewards.

In a letter of appeal, attorney Andrew J. Mollica said that in addition to appealing the ruling, his client “has authorized me to file a formal complaint that numerous Maryland racing laws were violated by Laurel stewards and their agents in relation to the above-captioned matter, including, but not limited to, Maryland Racing Law and Regulation pertaining to veterinarians and their care and obligations to the owners of horses when racing at racetracks under the control of the Maryland Racing Commission.”