The finish of the Vinery Madison.

The finish of the Vinery Madison.

Mathea Kelley

Results of Vinery Madison Being Appealed

Joan Scott trains Dr. Zic, who finished third behind runner-up Amen Hallelujah.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission was informed May 18 that a trainer has filed an appeal of the results of the April 14 Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

During the commission’s meeting, chief steward John Veitch said trainer Joan Scott, who conditions third-place finisher Dr. Zic, has complained that second-place finisher Amen Hallelujah should not have been permitted to start in the race because trainer Rick Dutrow was not licensed in the state.

At the time entries for the race were taken Dutrow’s license application was pending and was turned down prior to the running of the race. Amen Hallelujah was declared eligible to run only hours before the race by a Kentucky judge who granted a temporary injunction against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

With Justin Sallusto listed as trainer, Amen Hallelujah ran second to Shotgun Gulch in the Madison.

Amen Hallelujah earned $60,000 for finishing second, with Dr. Zic earning $30,000.

Veitch said Scott’s appeal was initially rejected because of the court order that the horse be permitted to run. The commission will now schedule a hearing on Scott’s appeal.