Split Decision in Life At Ten Case

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ordered reconsideration of the one-year suspension handed to John Veitch.

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals has issued a mixed ruling in the John Veitch/Life At Ten case and has ordered reconsideration of the one-year suspension handed the former chief steward for horse racing in the Bluegrass state.

In the Oct. 25 ruling, the three-judge panel determined the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) acted properly in upholding a hearing officer’s conclusion that Veitch should have ordered Life At Ten sent for post-race testing following her lackluster effort in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, now called the Distaff. 

The judges also ruled, however, that the hearing officer’s conclusion and KHRC affirmation that Veitch should have taken action with regard to Life At Ten prior to the race did not constitute a violation of racing regulations and that he should not have been suspended for not ordering a pre-race veterinary inspection of the filly.

Veitch, a Hall of Fame trainer who was Kentucky’s top regulator, was subsequently suspended for a year when the KHRC upheld a hearing officer’s report into the circumstances surrounding the performance of Life At Ten during the Ladies’ Classic

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Ron Mitchell is Online Managing Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine. A Lexington native, Mitchell joined The Blood-Horse after serving in editorial capacities with The Thoroughbred Record and Thoroughbred Times, specializing in business and auction aspects of the industry, and was editor-in-chief of the award-winning Horsemen’s Journal. As online managing editor, Mitchell works closely with The Blood-Horse news editor and other departments to make sure the website content is the most thorough and accurate source for all Thoroughbred news, results, videos, and data.

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