Ruling Says Horse Wasn't Eligible

A New York-bred was found to be not eligible for races in which he competed.

by Karen M. Johnson

Bonus Size, a New York-bred owned by Ernie Paragallo’s Paraneck Stable, was found not to be eligible to run in several races in which he earned purse money and was disqualified and unplaced in the order of finish of those races.

The ruling was issued Jan. 12 by Carmine Donofrio, the steward for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Bonus Size (Rizzi - Pretty Pretty Lady, Only Dreamin), who is trained by Louis Albertrani, was not eligible to run in the five races he competed in at Aqueduct from Nov. 2-Dec. 27, 2007. He was competing in first-level allowance races, when he had in fact already won that condition by default.

On May 2, 2007, Bonus Size finished second to Joaquin Memphis at Belmont Park in a preliminary-level allowance race. In September, Joaquin Memphis was disqualified from the win because of a medication positive. Thus, Bonus Size became the winner.

Bonus Size accounted for a win, a second, a fourth, a sixth, and a seventh in the races for which he was found not to be eligible.