Should DQ’d Wins Count Toward A Horse’s Conditions? One Owner Says Yes

Owner Joe Sutton is a little tired of seeing Joe Sharp trainee Blackberry Wine. Speaking with Thoroughbred Daily News late last week, Sutton expressed frustration at seeing Blackberry Wine entered in the fourth race on Oaklawn’s April 11 card, an allowance optional claiming race for 3-year-olds. Sutton owned Scabbard, who was also entered in the race.

Going into the race, Blackberry Wine had crossed the wire first on three occasions, but was later disqualified from two of them due to positive tests for levamisole. Because those wins were invalid, they did not count toward the horse’s conditions, allowing him to appear in the allowance optional claiming, which was for horses that have never won $15,000 other than maiden claiming, starter or state-bred, or for horses which hadn’t won two races, or those with an $80,000 claiming tag.

Blackberry Wine finished second as the favorite in the race, while Scabbard finished seventh.

Sutton said he believed Blackberry Wine’s treatment as a maiden despite not one but two subsequent incidents of crossing the wire first put the other horses in Saturday’s race on a playing field that was not level.

Sutton said he has become disillusioned with the state of integrity in racing, particularly due to cases like that of Sharp, who had 11 levamisole positives in Louisiana and Kentucky this year. Sharp said those tests were due to his use of an over-the-counter deworming product. He received a $1,000 fine for each of the Louisiana tests and has had no penalties assessed in Kentucky yet.

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