Delaware, Ohio – Two prominent harness drivers competing at the Delaware County Fair are very unhappy with the harsh treatment and fines they have received from the Ohio State Racing Commission OSRC). Many other horsemen are questioning why this is happening.
Apparently before the start of the Delaware State Fair on Sunday, the Little Brown Jug, in a letter, re-issued the OSRC rulings in the race paddock that state: Penalties Mandated by the Ohio State Racing Commission.. No Excessive whipping; Whip cannot go behind the shoulders; No whipping below the shafts; No excessive laying back in the sulky; No kicking—feet must remain in the stirrups unless pulling the plugs.
Little did the horsemen know how strictly the OSRC would mandate the rules that many of these drivers have been complying with at other pari-mutuel tracks in Ohio.
The problems began on Sunday when driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. was fined for taking his foot out of the stirrups multiple times during the race card. He was not kicking or touching the horse but there are times when your foot does split out.
It was reported that when Wrenn, Jr. found out that he was fined and how much it was, he promptly told race officials to take him off all his drives at the Delaware State Fair.
Then on Wednesday, driver Tim Tetrick was fined a total of $500 for excessive laying back in the sulky while driving I Luv The Nitelife in both of her victories in capturing the Jugette.
On Thursday morning he addressed the situation in front of a packed house at the USTA Meeting the Horsemen session in the backstretch.
“I would never put myself in a position while driving a horse that could result in injury or an accident,” Tetrick said. “Why would I want to do that to myself or would any driver put themselves in jeopardy? This is the way I drive and how many other drivers compete. It has not been a problem before.
“How would the racing commission guys like it if I came into their work place and told them how to sit in their chairs?” Tetrick said.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com