Appealing trainer: My horse was fine

September 24, 2005|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun reporter

Trainer Steve Krebs has filed an appeal with the Maryland Racing Commission following a stewards' ruling dismissing his claim against rider Eric Camacho for unnecessarily pulling up his horse, Lothar, during the Taking Risks Stakes at Timonium Race Course on Sept. 7.

"Two track vets looked at the horse before and after the race and saw nothing wrong," said Krebs by phone yesterday. "And the horse hasn't missed a day of training since. ... There is not a thing wrong with him.

"Not only is pulling the horse up five steps out of the gate not fair to me and his owner, he was third favorite in that race. It's not fair to the fans. Situations like this are what give racing a bad name."

Camacho's agent, John Salzman Jr., said he understands Krebs' immediate anger after the race, but believes the trainer is taking the incident to "ridiculous" levels.

"My jock wanted to win," Salzman said. "Winning that race would have made him the leading jockey at the meet. He thought he did the best thing for the horse's life and his own. The trainer is totally out of control."

Chief Steward Bill Passmore said the decision to dismiss was unanimous and that it was the first such claim against a jockey he'd seen since becoming a steward in 1985.

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