California Horse Racing Board Denies Ellis’ Settlement Proposal

Ron Ellis’ attorney Steve Schwartz proposed a settlement agreement to the California Horse Racing Board on Dec. 20, after the trainer was suspended 60 days for Masochistic’s positive test in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup. According to, the settlement proposed reducing his sentence to 59 days in exchange for a year’s probation; in California, a 60-day suspension requires disbanding of a stable and would cost Ellis’ 15 employees their jobs.

“Mr. Ellis could have proposed a settlement to the CHRB’s deputy attorney general and/or executive director at any point in time leading up to the board’s consideration of the proposed decision this month. He did not do so,” read a statement released Friday by the spokesman Mike Marten. “Now that the board has rendered its final decision, there is no mechanism nor precedent for administrative appeal. Should Mr. Ellis wish to further pursue the matter, he may do so through the California Superior Courts.”

Schwartz told The Blood-Horse that he had attempted a settlement early in the process, but was told that “because of the significance of the race, the CHRB was not interested in any negotiating.”


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