The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) has issued $1,000 fines to trainer Matias Ruiz and veterinarian Dr. Louis Bauslaugh for their part in what led to the scratching of I Said Diamonds from the Jugette for three-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Delaware, Ohio.
The morning before the Jugette, Dr. Bauslaugh was in the Jugette Barn stall of I Said Diamonds administering treatment, joined by Lou Pena, who currently does not hold a race license in any jurisdiction and is not licensed by the U.S. Trotting Association. The pair were in the stall prior to the prescribed time, thus the OSRC sanctioned Bauslaugh for conducting "yourself in a manner that was detrimental to the sport of horse racing by injecting and administering IV fluids to the horse I Said Diamonds during the time frame not allowable by detention barn rules and was not granted permission by the security staff to do so. Furthermore you allowed an unlicensed person to assist you with an injectable device."
Ruiz was fined as the "trainer responsible for the condition of the horse I Said Diamonds." Ruiz received his penalty because of having an unlicensed person in the detention barn assisting a veterinarian. The ruling stated: "In order to protect the integrity of racing and the wagering public, the horse I Said Diamonds was scratched by the judges."