Florida Vet Agrees to 90-Day Suspension
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 5/28/2013 9:39:49 AM
Last Updated: 5/29/2013 1:16:15 PM
Veterinarian Orlando Paraliticci has agreed to a 90-day suspension in an agreement that includes his admission that he violated Florida statutes by injecting a Thoroughbred less than 24 hours before a horse's scheduled race at Tampa Bay Downs.
The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering had been investigating Paraliticci since he was accused of injecting Raven Train less than 24 hours before the 5-year-old Silver Train horse was scheduled to start in the second race Jan. 27 at Tampa Bay, a $16,000 claiming race. Raven Train was scratched by the stewards.
The consent order agreement was outlined in a May 21 filing by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
In agreeing to the consent order, Paraliticci said he would cooperate with the division's continuing investigation or prosecution of other parties and licensees who may be involved. If Paraliticci fails to comply, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering will be authorized to take further action against the vet.
"The respondent also expressly agrees to cooperate with the division's continuing investigation or prosecution of other parties/licensees regarding the facts contained in the investigative report," reads the consent order.
Trainer Jane Cibelli was to send out Raven Train, who had not raced since Dec. 17, 2011, in the Jan. 27 race. Raven Train has started three times this season, with a third-place finish and two off-the-board efforts for Cibelli and owner Southwind Stables.
In February, Tampa Bay Downs informed the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering that Paraliticci had been ruled off its grounds.
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