Verdicts & Decisions

Trainer Exonerated
Class 1 Violation - Morphine

Trainer Acquitted
Class 3 Violations 

Court of Appeal
Overturns Sanctions

Trainer exonerated on all charges for alleged violation of Trainer Insurer Rule involving morphine.
Trainer acquitted on alleged violation of Trainer Insurer Rule involving phenylpropanolamine.

In a published opinion, California Court of Appeal sets aside revocation of Trainer’s license and fine of $160,000.

CHRB v. Robert Frankel
CHRB v. Gary Jones
De La Torre v. CHRB (Cal. App. 2017)
Suspension of Jockey Overturned on Appeal
DNA Test Results in
Dismissal of Charges

Trainer Exonerated 
Class 2 Violation - Lidocaine

Steward’s suspension of jockey for riding rule infraction overturned on appeal to State Racing Board.

Complaint dismissed after DNA test proves official sample was not collected from Trainer’s horse.

Trainer acquitted of class 2 violation upon findings of lidocaine by Massachusetts State Racing Commission.


Mass. Racing Comm. v. McCooey
CHRB v. Victor Espinoza
CHRB v. Desormeaux​
Petition Granted
Against Horse Racing Board

Substantial Reduction
in Suspension

Jockey License Reinstated Following Fitness Hearing​​
Petition submitted to Office of Administrative Law challenging California Horse Racing Board medication regulation resulted in determination that regulation was invalid.

Following an appeal before the Delaware Racing Commission, a 1-year suspension was reduced to a 1-month suspension.

Presumption of unfitness of Jockey based upon reciprocity with Singapore, a foreign racing jurisdiction, was rebutted and Jockey’s license reinstated in U.S. racing jurisdiction.

In the Matter of David Flores, CHRB
2015 OAL Determination No. 6
Mareno v. Delaware Bd. of Stewards
Order of Finish
​Decision Reversed
Racing Board 
Withdraws Regulation
Superior Court Rules Against
​Horse Racing Board

Reversal of Oaklawn Board of Stewards' failure to disqualify runner in Apple Blossom Hcp. Arkansas Racing Commission orders change in order of finish and redistribution of purse.

Horse Racing Board withdraws procedures governing hearings following petition to Office of Administrative Law challenging procedures.

Los Angeles Superior Court rules California Horse Racing Board violated its own rules by allowing Racing Association to disqualify horses by hair testing.


Tanaka v. Oaklawn Park Board of Stewards
Gustavo De La Torre v. CHRB​
OAL: CTU 2016-1017-01
Owner Awarded Purse on Reversal of Stewards' Decision
Court Reverses Denial of Transporter's License
Racing Board Forced to
Withdraw Invalid Directive
Reversal of Stewards’ decision to disqualify runner from win resulted in change of order of finish and redistribution of purse.

Superior Court overturns CHRB license denial for failure to comply with mandatory legal duty statutes.

(Acted as Consultant to attorney, Carlo Fisco, Esq.)

Following submission of Petition to Office of Administrative Law, CHRB withdraws invalid directive regarding license denials based on criminal convictions.

Acted as Consultant to attorney, Carlo Fisco, Esq.)

In the Matter of China Girl Lover
Lockwood v. CHRB
OAL: CTU 2014-1422-001
Racing Board Agrees not to Enforce Veterinary Directive
Jockey Suspension Overturned
on Appeal
Purse Redistribution Reversed by State Racing Board
California Horse Racing Board withdraws directive regarding testing procedures following filing of petition with the Office of Administrative Law alleging improper regulatory adoption procedure.

OAL: CTU 2017-0123-01
Stewards' suspension of jockey for alleged failure to ride his mount out to finish was overturned on appeal to state racing board.

Nakatani v. CHRB Board of Stewards
​August, 2018

Reversal of Stewards' decision to redistribute purse over owner license issue.

In the Matter of Nicholas Cafarchia
​August, 2018