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Jockey, trainer suspended for alleged Hunt Cup horse-abuse incidents

The racing licenses of both a trainer and jockey have been suspended by Maryland Hunt Cup stewards after the pair allegedly abused two horses at the event Saturday in Glyndon.

The cases of brothers Todd and Trevor McKenna of Keystone Thoroughbreds in Pennsylvania have been referred to the National Steeplechase Association Stewards Advisory Committee for review.

Jockey Trevor McKenna "was observed punching his horse, Great Halo, in the head and neck after being unseated when the horse refused at the third fence in the race," according to a stewards ruling announced Wednesday.

After the Hunt Cup, another ruling stated, trainer Todd McKenna was seen "kicking his horse, Serene Harbor, in the belly while en route to the paddock from the barn area."

After examining Serene Harbor, a course veterinarian scratched the horse from the next race.

The committee ruling is expected within a week.

Attempts to reach both McKennas were unsuccessful.

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