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JUDGE GRANTS MONTINI STAY

02:13 AM 03 May 2007 NZST
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Trainer Anthony Montini, who was recently suspended for 180 days by the Ontario Racing Commission, has received a stay from a Superior Court judge and will be permitted to race for the foreseeable future.

In early April, the ORC denied Montini's appeal regarding a positive test on the horse Paragon, who tested positive for the Class III drug Phenylpropolamine.

"The commission denied my appeal and I wasn't satisfied so I decided to take it for judicial review and asked for stay in meantime," Montini told Trot Insider today. "The commission denied it [the request for a stay] so I filed a motion and went in front of the Superior Court and the judge ruled me worthy of a stay on Monday," he said.

"I'm really, really not satisfied with commission's decision. I think there is enough evidence there to objectively look at this and say 'something's not right here'. This is something I feel I have been really mistreated for."

Montini said his stay would be effective until his case goes to judicial review, and though he hopes it is sooner than later, he said the process could take several months.

The Acton, Ont., horseman, who trained 2006 O'Brien Award winner Stiletto and former World Record holder Primetime Bobcat, said his first step in getting back to racing will be to qualify some of his horses.

Courtesy Of Standardbred Canada

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