Officials Wait on Test Results; No Searches Planned

Representatives from Gulfstream Park and the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau performed a search Feb. 10 of the vehicles of veterinarians Phil Aleong and Leonard Patrick, but no further searches are planned, officials said.

Aleong and Patrick were the two vets involved in the treatment of Mike Gill's Casual Conflict, a 9-year-old gelding who was euthanized after a breakdown Feb. 7 and later found to have his injured leg amputated.

Both the horse's trainer Mark Shuman and Gulfstream president Scott Savin denied a published report that Shuman's barn was also searched. "It absolutely did not happen," the trainer said.

The searches of the vehicles are related to an investigation by the Florida Department of Pari Mutuel Wagering into the amputation, the legality of which is considered questionable. According to department director Dave Roberts, there are no additional searches planned.

"The leg has been sent to the racing lab (at the University of Florida's School of Veterinary Medicine), and we'll just wait now to see if anything they find raises concerns," Roberts said.

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