Schickedanz Ban Upheld By ORC

Published: August 27, 2010 03:45 pm EDT

According to a report, the Ontario Racing Commission ruled yesterday that horses owned by Bruno Schickedanz are to remain banned from racing or stabling at Woodbine


An article by Jennifer Morrison in The Toronto Star states that an ORC panel yesterday dismissed an application from Schickedanz's representatives for interim relief from the Woodbine Entertainment Group ban.

The WEG ban had come after the Schickedanz-owned and Tom Marino-trained Wake At Noon, a former champion on the track, was brought out of his second retirement to train over the suburban Toronto raceway. The 13-year-old had to be euthanized following a tragic training accident at Woodbine on Tuesday, June 29. There was no such rule in place saying that Schickedanz could not have Wake At Noon exercising at Woodbine in attempt of a possible comeback.

The Toronto Star article explains that in his testimony to the panel, multiple Sovereign Award winning trainer Mark Casse, who is also a board member of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, called the move by Schickedanz to bring the horse in for a workout “appalling” and said the owner’s actions “hurt our industry.”

Casse had formerly trained Wake At Noon, who had suffered an injury to a left foreleg in his last race on November 18, 2007 while under the program of another trainer.

(With files from The Toronto Star)

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