The Maryland racing stewards have issued Racing Secretary Lawrence Abbundi a rare written reprimand "for failure to maintain proper supervision over his department."
The stewards' action last Friday followed the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau's investigation of a June 13 incident at Bowie Race Course in which Gold Spoon, a 2-year-old filly, was allowed to race allegedly without being positively identified.
A horse is tattooed to guarantee proper identification, but he can race once without a tattoo if his foal certificate matches his markings and is filed with the horse identifier before post time. In Gold Spoon's case, neither occurred, according to the stewards' reprimand.
Neither Abbundi nor Chief Steward Clinton Pitts Jr. would comment on the incident or the decision, which resulted in Abbundi's first reprimand in his 20 years as racing secretary. There is no suspension or fine for the reprimand, nor does it jeopardize his position, according to sources at the track.
The stewards also reprimanded racing official E.T. McLean Jr. and fined trainer John Mobberley $25 for failing to file Gold Spoon's foal papers, sources said.
Gold Spoon finished last in a field of five.
Pimlico hopes to create a Preakness-like atmosphere every Saturday during its summer meeting by making the infield accessible to fans beginning July 20.
The same Preakness-day rules apply: canned beer, soda, plastic containers and small grills are acceptable. Glass containers and kegs of beer are not.
Bold Johu overtook T. Farnon and Running Memories around the turn and easily won yesterday's $10,500 feature race at Bowie Race Course.