Trainer Whose Ban Was Overturned Tossed Again

A trainer who won her appeal of a 2008 ejection from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was ejected again by the same racetrack for an unrelated violation and has appealed that action.

Patty Burns filed the appeal with the West Virginia Racing Commission April 12 in response to the second ejection, which involves false or hidden ownership of a horse. She was fined $2,500 by Laurel Park stewards for giving, on two occasions, "the incorrect owner and trainer names in order to hide or mislead racing officials" for the horse Parker's Love, who was entered to race Sept. 19, 2012.

Parker's Love is entered May 12 in the ninth race at Charles Town for Hubert L. Cave, who is listed as owner and trainer.

The official ruling from Laurel Park states Burns admitted her guilt; the trainer's appeal to the WVRC says the Maryland fine was paid.

The WVRC March 19 voted to accept a hearing officer's recommendation that Burns be reinstated in connection with the 2008 ejection. Burns, according to court documents, was arrested in February 2007 for being a party in an altercation in the Charles Town barn area. In July of that year, track officials said they found syringes in Burns' barn after an inspection.

The board of stewards suspended Burns for 30 days but in February 2008, Charles Town management ejected her.

Burns hasn't raced a horse this year, according to Equibase statistics. But Charles Town officials, after her initial ejection was overturned, sent her notice she would not be welcome because of the ruling in Maryland.

Charles Town officials in the notification told Burns the Maryland ruling didn't form the basis of the first ejection and wasn't considered by the hearing officer.

"Due to your cumulative record of conduct, which now includes the aforementioned ruling, you are hereby ejected" from Charles Town, the notice states.

Most Popular Stories