Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
Racing Commission Extends Suspension

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 26, 2008  
Contact Information:  Lisa Underwood, 859-246-2040  

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has approved a settlement agreement to extend the suspension of trainer Patrick Biancone through Oct. 31. The agreement means Biancone may not train anywhere before Nov. 1.

The action followed an investigation by KHRC staff of Biancone’s activities while he was serving a six-month suspension. Biancone had been prohibited from training horses in Kentucky from Nov. 1, 2007 through April 30, 2008.

Biancone maintains that he complied with the original suspension and said that agreeing to the settlement does not imply an admission of guilt.

The commission, then known as the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, suspended Biancone Oct. 17, 2007 for possessing banned medications at a racetrack.  The medications were discovered June 22, 2007, during a search of three barns leased by Biancone on the grounds of Keeneland Race Course in Lexington. 

The latest action follows a KHRC investigation into Biancone’s activities at the Hurricane Hall Farm in Lexington during the six-month suspension

"All disciplinary agreements approved by the commission are expected to be carried out by all parties and Mr. Biancone is no exception," said Lisa Underwood, commission executive director. "The commission will take the actions necessary to make sure its orders are followed.  These actions are taken to ensure the integrity of horse racing in Kentucky."

  The KHRC is an independent agency of state government charged with the responsibility of regulating the conduct of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing and related activities in Kentucky. It is attached to the Public Protection Cabinet for administrative purposes.