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Racing commission fines trainer $2,000 for false entries in Fair Hill race


Trainer Michael Dickinson has been fined $2,000 by the stewards for violating Maryland Racing Commission ownership rules during an incident at the Fair Hill Races last month.

According to the report, Dickinson "elicited the approval" of Zanetta Gibellino, a licensed owner-trainer, to list herself as the owner and trainer of Connie Champagne and Jarabak so that four of Dickinson's horses could compete in a maiden special weight race on Fair Hill's Labor Day card.

The other horses were Dance Hart and Oh What A Sham, who raced under Dickinson's name.

Connie Champagne did not get into the field of one division of the split race after being placed on the also-eligible list, but Jarabak ran third in the other division.

At a hearing earlier this week, the stewards received a statement signed by Gibellino which said she had never owned any part of Jarabak or Connie Champagne and that she had given Dickinson approval to use her name as the owner-trainer.

Dickinson also testified at the hearing that he was the true owner and that he "was aware when he entered these horses in Ms. Gibellino's name that he was in direct violation of the Maryland Racing Commission's rules regarding ownership."

The stewards determined that there was no intent to deceive the betting public and considered Dickinson's good record since he became a licensed trainer five years ago. They also ordered that Jarabak be disqualified from third and the purse money returned and redistributed.

Dickinson declined to comment, pending an appeal.

Vote against keno

A panel appointed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer has recommended that keno gambling not be installed in the state.

The 12-member board voted unanimously yesterday not to support the proposal because of its potential negative impact on racing and off-track betting.

"It would be a big factor hurting racing in Maryland and impact on many different and related industries," said delegate Ethel Murray (Cecil County), who made the motion to oppose.

Keno has had a devastating effect on wagering in Oregon, including lotteries and thoroughbred racing.

Brass doing fine

Brilliant Brass grabbed her right front quarter en route to victory in Saturday's Maryland Distaff Handicap, but trainer Carlos Garcia said she is healthy.

"She's doing fine," said Garcia. "It's a long way from her heart."

Brilliant Brass retained her lead in winnings among Maryland-breds this year. She has $502,051.

Fewer triple wagers

Rosecroft Raceway has reduced the number of triple wagers available per racing card.

Only on Thursdays will every race offer a triple bet; otherwise the track will present triples on races 2, 4, 7, 10, 12 and 13 (if there is a 13th on the card).

NOTES: Julie Krone has been confirmed as the rider on Aurora in the $250,000 Laurel Dash on International Day Oct. 17. . . . Mark Johnston is back in Maryland and will begin riding opening day at Laurel. He suffered a broken collarbone after being thrown by a horse at his family's Kentucky farm during the Timonium meeting. . . . Kent Desormeaux rode four more winners yesterday, including the early daily double, and now has 10 since he returned to Maryland last Thursday. . . . The double triple pool swelled to $102,926.20 when no one hit yesterday.

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