Indiana Stewards Summarily Suspend Assistant To Marvin Johnson

Indiana stewards have issued a summary suspension to assistant trainer Christy Johnson, three months after suspending her husband, trainer Marvin Johnson.

Deena Pitman, executive director for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, confirmed the summary suspension of Christy is “related to” the suspension of Marvin but did not comment further on what offenses Christy may have committed. She has a stewards’ hearing scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14.

According to a ruling published on Oct. 4, Christy Johnson was suspended for “actions not in the best interests of racing and which compromise the integrity of operations at a racetrack.” An end date was given for her summary suspension of Dec. 31, 2022.

Marvin Johnson was summarily suspended in early July alongside veterinarian Dr. Cynthia Loomis. The summary suspension rulings published at the time also did not detail the reason for the suspension, but Johnson later told the Thoroughbred Daily News that he had been away from his barn recovering from surgery when Loomis went to the barn and was observed treating a horse on race day in violation of state rules.

Marvin Johnson has been training horses since 1974 and was the top trainer at Horseshoe Indianapolis at the time of his suspension. At the time, his horses were required to be transferred to other trainers and according to sources who spoke with the Paulick Report, would be unable to run for 60 days after the time of the infraction.

Pitman did not provide an update on the case status for Marvin Johnson or Loomis at press time.

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