CHRB Making Complaint Process More Transparent

October 27, 2020

The California Horse Racing Board has expanded the posting of complaints on its website for alleged medication violations to include Class 4 and Class 5 violations.The CHRB has been posting complaints for the more serious Class 1, 2, and 3 violations, which require disqualifications and forfeiture of purses.

However, with the increased emphasis on all medication violations in horse racing, the CHRB has elected to add Class 4 and Class 5 complaints as well. The complaints stem from all drug testing, including alleged violations during racing, training, and from out-of-competition testing.To view complaints filed by the CHRB, go to the website ( and click on the tab for Administrative Actions, then select Complaints from the drop-down menu.Be aware that complaints are filed for alleged violations prior to hearing.

The cases have not been adjudicated at the time they are posted.Pursuant to a new statute, potential medication violations will be postedon the CHRB website beginning January 1, 2021, with the identification of all drug positives once the split sample is confirmed or even earlier if the licensee declines to request split-sample testing. Those positives will be posted before any complaints are issued.

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Hearings Scheduled for Potential Disqualifications

The stewards at Santa Anita Park will conduct hearings Thursday, October 29, beginning at 10 a.m. to consider two complaints filed by the California Horse Racing Board seeking the disqualifications of two horses, Justify and Hoppertunity, from their victories in races run in 2018.

The complaints also seek redistributions of the purses from those races.Due to COVID-19, all witnesses are expected to testify remotely. The public will not be allowed to attend the hearings in person but can hear and view the proceedings through the following link: Clicking the link will bring up a “Register” screen asking for the guest’s name and e-mail address.

A confirmation link granting both audio and visual access to the hearings will be sent to the e-mail address provided. Registration will begin at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.The two hearings will be conducted concurrently. Depending on the number of witnesses testifying and presenting evidence, the hearings could last more than one day. The stewards likely will issue their decisions at some later date.

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