Small Fine for Racehorse Trainer after Horse's Death

The trainer who failed to report the pre-race death of her horse to the stewards at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort this spring has received a penalty similar to those given for minor medication violations.

Trained by Kathy Jarvis for AFM Stables, Slippin' Around died April 19 in the receiving barn at Mountaineer, located in Chester, W.Va. Slippin' Around had been scheduled to race in the ninth race that night, a $5,000 claiming event. The death was not promptly reported to the stewards.

Stewards at Mountaineer fined trainer Jarvis $1,000 for "failure to promptly report to the Mountaineer stewards the change in the condition of her horse 'Slippin' Around,' necessitating a late scratch from the ninth race April 19." The ruling was issued June 27.

The West Virginia Racing Commission (WVRC) conducted an investigation of the incident, including the actions of commission staff. The WVRC did not say July 1 if any staff members faced sanctions.

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Frank Angst

Frank Angst is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine. An American Horse Publications three-time winner in best news story category, Angst has covered horse racing for more than a decade. Angst spent ten years at Thoroughbred Times, where he earned awards as that magazine’s senior writer and helped launch Thoroughbred Times TODAY. Besides covering horse racing, Angst enjoys handicapping. Angst has written about sports for more than 20 years, including several seasons covering a nationally ranked Marshall Thundering Herd football team.

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