The Ontario Racing Commission today released a ruling regarding the appeal of Dr. Shane Durnin, who, according to the ORC, violated standardbred rules
1.09, 6.20(a), (b), (c), 10.02 and 10.03 at Western Fair Raceway on November 21, 2008.
On April 9, Dr. Durnin's counsel filed a motion with the appeal panel stating abuse of process in regard to a search. Dr. Durnin's counsel sought particular relief for its client. The panel denied the motion of relief advanced by Dr. Durnin's counsel. After the motion was dealt with, the two parties agreed on an 'agreed statement of facts.'
After the agreed statement of facts, the panel denied the appeal, upholding a $5,000 fine and two years' probation. The panel indicated that Dr. Durnin's suspension is stayed on the condition that he abide by the rules of racing. Failure to abide by the rules would result in the stay being automatically lifted. Dr. Durnin's probation is from April 22, 2009 through April 22, 2011.
Click here to view an official copy of the ORC ruling.
(With files from the ORC)