CHRB Suspends Gaines

From CHRB SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 24, 2013) – This is the California Horse Racing Board’s regular update of all complaints and stewards’ rulings involving Class 1, 2, and 3 medication violations and other significant matters.

The Board meeting in executive session July 18 adopted the recommended decision of the stewards at Hollywood Park to suspend trainer Carla Gaines for 30 days, effective August 1, and fine her $2,500 for violation of CHRB Rules 1843 (a) (b) (d) and 1844 (b) (e) (14) pursuant to Rule 1887 after the Maddy Laboratory at UC Davis determined the urine samples collected from two horses in her care, A Little Luckier and Winding Way, both contained testosterone in excess of the authorized decision levels for fillies and mares. The University of Florida Racing Laboratory confirmed the excess levels of testosterone in the split samples. Testosterone is an anabolic steroid that can be present naturally at low levels in fillies, mares and geldings. Testosterone in excess of the decision level indicates an exogenous administration. These are Class 3 violations.

A Little Luckier, owned by Harris Farms, Inc, finished second in the first race at Hollywood Park on July 14, 2012. Winding Way, owned by Spendthrift Farm LLC, finished first in the fourth race at Del Mar on July 21, 2012. The Board ordered the disqualifications of the two horses and the redistribution of the purses in those two races.

Chairman David Israel, Vice Chairman Chuck Winner, and Commissioners Bo Derek, George Krikorian, and Richard Rosenberg voted in this matter.

The order and steward’s statement of decision are available on the CHRB Website ( through the Admin Actions/Board Decisions links.