The administrative trial of Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Chief State Steward John Veitch is scheduled to get underway on Tuesday, June 28. It is possible that the former trainer and hall of famer could be suspended
as many as five years and fined up to $50,000.
As explained in an article by the Courier-Journal, Veitch's trial, which could run as long as three days, is in regard to the way he dealt with the filly Life At Ten during the 2010 edition of the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic.
Veitch has been scrutinized for his handling of the filly and the race. The lass was allowed to load in the gate and race even though her rider, John Velazquez, had gone on the record just before the tilt as saying that she wasn't warming up the way she normally did. Given the jockey's comments, the distaffer did not get checked by the commission vets before the race.
Life At Ten, who went off as the 7-2 second post-time choice, had a slow start in the race, found herself well behind the leaders and went unurged by Velazquez in the late stages of the contest, much to the chagrin of the wagering public.
(With files from the Courier-Journal)