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BaroqueAgain1
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:13 pm

Ruidoso Downs Bans All American Futurity-Winning Trainer
James Padgett II saddled the winner of last year's All American Futurity – Quarter horse racing's richest and most famous event held on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs – but the American Quarter Horse Association's leading trainer by money won in 2017 has been told he will not be allowed to participate at the New Mexico racetrack when the 2018 meet begins on May 25.
Jeff True, president and general manager of All American Ruidoso Downs (AARD), which last October closed on a deal to purchase the track from R.D. Hubbard, recently sent a letter to Padgett saying he will be denied entry to the grounds and “from participating in any racing activities involved therein.”
Padgett is the former assistant to Judd Kearl, the AQHA's 2016 champion trainer who was handed a 19-year suspension by the Texas Racing Commission last year after five horses in his care tested positive for the Class 1 drug nomifensine – a human antidepressant medication taken off the market in the 1980s.

Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... g-trainer/

Ruidoso is really serious about cleaning up the racing there. Good for them.
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BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Ruidoso Downs Bans All American Futurity-Winning Trainer
James Padgett II saddled the winner of last year's All American Futurity – Quarter horse racing's richest and most famous event held on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs – but the American Quarter Horse Association's leading trainer by money won in 2017 has been told he will not be allowed to participate at the New Mexico racetrack when the 2018 meet begins on May 25.
Jeff True, president and general manager of All American Ruidoso Downs (AARD), which last October closed on a deal to purchase the track from R.D. Hubbard, recently sent a letter to Padgett saying he will be denied entry to the grounds and “from participating in any racing activities involved therein.”
Padgett is the former assistant to Judd Kearl, the AQHA's 2016 champion trainer who was handed a 19-year suspension by the Texas Racing Commission last year after five horses in his care tested positive for the Class 1 drug nomifensine – a human antidepressant medication taken off the market in the 1980s.

Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... g-trainer/

Ruidoso is really serious about cleaning up the racing there. Good for them.
I know it would be purely cosmetic, but the QH folks ought to consider changing the names of all those "Cartel" horses out there that trace back to the racing/breeding operation funded by the Mexican drug lords.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:50 pm

Oh no...prayers for Mr. Flores and RIP Love Rules.

Jockey Jose Flores in coma after spill
Jockey Jose Flores, a winner of 4,650 races, was in a coma at Aria Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia on Monday night after going down in a spill during the ninth race at Parx Racing that afternoon. Flores was listed in critical but stable condition.

Flores, 56, was dueling for the lead between horses on Love Rules on the far turn of the six-furlong starter allowance when his mount broke down and fell. A trailing horse, The Pooch, fell over Love Rules and might have struck Flores. A third horse, Easy River, unseated his rider while avoiding the two fallen horses.

Flores had not regained consciousness as of 9 p.m. Monday, according to his agent, David Yannuzzi, and had to be revived by the emergency room staff after his heart stopped.

"It's touch and go," said Yannuzzi, who has represented Flores for 14 years.
More: http://www.drf.com/news/jockey-jose-flo ... fter-spill
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:19 pm

We seem to be going through an especially rough patch for horses and riders. :(

Godspeed, Love Rules, and best wishes for a complete recovery for Jose Flores and all others who got hurt in that spill.
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:52 am

Seeing conflicting posts on twitter saying he's already passed and some reporting the family is en route to say their goodbyes. Either way, there's not going to be a happy ending.

Absolutely horrible and a real gut-check. Several jocks hurt this weekend and now this.
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:46 pm

bare it all wrote:Seeing conflicting posts on twitter saying he's already passed and some reporting the family is en route to say their goodbyes. Either way, there's not going to be a happy ending.

Absolutely horrible and a real gut-check. Several jocks hurt this weekend and now this.
I have yet to see anything on the news sites. Many are reporting he is deceased. I have it from a source very close to him that is not the case but family is being called in. I can not reveal any other detail than that. Pray for his family. They will need it.
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:51 pm

Tough week for riders and horses.
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:45 pm

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The owner of a small non-profit horse-therapy center in Louisville, Ky., has been indicted on charges of devising a scheme to defraud the government, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Clifford Wilkinson, 61, an on-and-off-again trainer on the Kentucky circuit and the founder and president of Bluegrass Training and Therapy Center, was indicted on the fraud charges along with one of his employees, Erica Bowen, 39. The two were alleged to have falsified signatures of teenagers on sign-in sheets in order to claim reimbursement through government programs available for the assistance of at-risk juveniles, according to the indictment.

Also indicted was Shannon L. Anson, 51, an employee with the Department of Juvenile Justice, who accepted bribes from Wilkinson and Bowen in order to steer payments to the therapy center, according to the indictment, which was unsealed on Feb. 15 and first reported by the Blood-Horse.

The indictment states that Wilkinson and Bowen were together responsible for the misrepresentation of 8,000 sign-ins for programs at the therapy center over two years, from August 2013 to July 2015. The amount of the fraudulent payments derived from the misrepresentations was “over $400,000,” the indictment states.

Wilkinson has started 1,036 horses over his 14-year training career, with 125 wins. His trainer’s and owner’s licenses were revoked after the indictment was unsealed. Bowen has started 123 horses with nine wins over the past decade, and her licenses have also been revoked.
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:09 pm

Dunleavy updated his story. Horrible tragedy. May God be with his family and friends.

Jim Dunleavy @DRFDunleavy
6h6 hours ago
I am told jockey Jose Flores is on life support as his wife, former rider Joanne McDaid-Flores, awaits the arrival of relatives from Florida. Jose has extensive cranial and spinal injuries and is not expected to survive. Updated story shortly on http://DRF.com .

Jockey Jose Flores on life support after spill
Jockey Jose Flores, a winner of 4,650 races, was on life support at Aria Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning after going down in a spill during the ninth race at Parx Racing on Monday. Flores suffered extensive cranial and spinal injuries in the accident and is not expected to survive.

Parx Racing has canceled its Tuesday card, according to Sam Elliott, the track's director of racing.

"We've canceled out of respect for Jose, his career, and his family," Elliott said. "Jose has been a very well respected mentor in the local jockey colony."

As information about the extent of Flores's injuries spread Monday evening, many members of the local riding colony gathered at the hospital, according to David Yannuzzi, Flores's agent the past 14 years.

"There must have been 55 people at the hospital," Yannuzzi said. "Jose is a good-natured, good-hearted guy. He had money but he loved to ride. He'd say, 'I love this, why would I stop?' "

Flores, 56, is married to former jockey Joanne McDaid-Flores, who was at the hospital awaiting the arrival of family members from Florida. The Floreses have a 7-year-old son Julian. Jose Flores has two grown sons, Juan and Junior.
http://www.drf.com/news/jockey-jose-flo ... fter-spill
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:08 pm

Oh no, it's beyond horrible :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:28 pm

I just saw that he passed away. What an awful tragedy.
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:16 pm

Jose rode for me for two decades, you would be hard pressed to know a better person. My heart goes out to his family and all who will be feeling a tremendous void not to have him there anymore. Godspeed
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:46 pm

Laurierace wrote:Jose rode for me for two decades, you would be hard pressed to know a better person. My heart goes out to his family and all who will be feeling a tremendous void not to have him there anymore. Godspeed
So sorry, Laurie, I know this hits hard for Jose's extended racetrack family too. It's just so very heartbreaking.
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Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:25 am

Terrible tragedy. No words are adequate enough at such a time. My heart especially goes out to Mr. Flores' young son.
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Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:30 am

A sobering reminder just how dangerous this sport can be, and how jockeys are some of the most underrated athletes pound for pound. A terrible loss for all who knew and worked with him I'm sure. My sincere condolences.
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Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:22 pm

Heartbreaking. Prayers for his family and friends.
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Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:48 pm

I have not seen any announcement of Jose Flores' passing on any of the racing news sites or from TVG, so that earlier post about his death may be premature. I'm not saying that he's likely to recover, but the family may still be gathering...and also be faced with having to make some heartbreaking decisions.
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Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:25 pm

Flores Remains on Life Support As Of Midday Wednesday
By T. D. Thornton
Jockey Jose Luis Flores, who was gravely injured in a Parx Racing spill on Mar. 19, is still being kept alive by life-support machinery at a Philadelphia hospital as of midday Wednesday.

His longtime agent, Dave Yanuzzi, told TDN around 1:30 p.m. that there have been travel complications for family members trying to come north from Florida to see Flores, delaying the 56-year-old’s expected removal from life support.

Another factor in the family’s decision over when to stop life support, Yanuzzi said, is that Flores had long ago signed paperwork expressing a desire to be an organ donor, and the timing of his passing must be coordinated with doctors so that they can follow through with those wishes.

“His parents were coming in from Florida,” Yanuzzi said. “They had a flight scheduled but it was cancelled. They’re in their eighties, and subsequently had to [have relatives drive them]. They were supposed to arrive here around 7:00 a.m. [Wednesday]. I spoke to Jose’s wife around 11:00 a.m., and they hadn’t arrived yet.

“Basically he’s on life support. They’re going to disconnect him. The parents want to see him. He has no brain activity, so there’s basically nothing the doctors can do. But they still want to keep him [alive] for now because he’s an organ donor, and there are concerns about being able to harvest what organs they can. His wife is taking it really hard. She has a seven-year-old son. His parents are going to take it really hard.”

Flores is hospitalized at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia. He has been in a coma since Monday, when he fell from Love Rules (Not For Love) as he was dueling between two other horses on the lead entering the far turn of the ninth race.

This story will be updated as the afternoon progresses.
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Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:57 pm

Bless Jose for choosing to be an organ donor. My heart goes out to his family.
Sounds like the east's awful weather has made a tragic situation worse by putting obstacles in the way of his parents who just want to bid their son farewell. :(
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Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:57 pm

So tragic; he sounds like he was a wonderful and generous human being from everything I have heard.
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