California stewards issued a unanimous decision July 5 that Intercontinental, official winner of the Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar last September, "did not gain an unfair advantage when it raced with a late treatment of pre-race bleeder medication."
The decision was revealed in a California Horse Racing Board release that was sent after 9 p.m. PDT July 5 (after midnight EDT July 6). The release references an 11-page "statement of decision," but details weren't available.
The release said Intercontinental "remains the official winner of the race."
Stewards Darrel McHargue, Albert Christiansen, and Martin Hamilton conducted a hearing June 5 on protests filed by the owners and one trainer of horses that finished behind Intercontinental in the Palomar, held Sept. 3, 2005. They sought to have Intercontinental disqualified and the purse money redistributed after they learned the filly had received furosemide, a bleeder medication, 20 minutes closer to the race than allowed by CHRB rules and policy.
Intercontinental is owned by Juddmonte Farms and trained by Bobby Frankel.
The stewards in their ruling indicated the furosemide administered to Intercontinental was a "legal pre-race day medication." They said the contention that the late administration of the authorized medication provided an "edge" to Intercontinental in the race was "unsupported by any evidence, scientific or otherwise."Text of 11-Page Stewards Decision in Intercontinental Case