CHRB Rulings: Miller Assistant Alvarado Suspended For Program Trainer Violation - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

CHRB Rulings: Miller Assistant Alvarado Suspended For Program Trainer Violation

Ruben Alvarado

The trainer's license of Ruben Alvarado, who until last November was assistant to trainer Peter Miller, has been suspended 14 days by the California Horse Racing Board for violating program trainer rules between Dec. 23, 2021, and March 24, 2022, at the San Luis Rey training center.

Alvarado took over Miller's Southern California stable when Miller announced that he was taking a self-imposed hiatus from training last November, citing personal reasons.

Complaints against Alvarado and Miller were filed May 23, with stewards alleging that Miller continued to engage in “behavior consistent with the duties of a trainer at the San Luis Rey training center with horses in the barn of trainer Ruben Alvarado. This has included entering horses, conducting endoscopy exams, giving instruction to riders, examining horses, assigning jockeys, and creating training charts.”

The complaint further stated that Alvarado did not set up his own stable bank account independent of Miller, which was required by the stewards.

Miller, who was licensed as an owner and stable agent, received a seven-day suspension and $10,000 fine. His suspension ran June 6-12.

Alvarado's suspension is scheduled to run July 1-14.

Miller has started five horses in his own name since late May: three at Churchill Downs and two last weekend at Los Alamitos. He recently announced that he will resume training full-time in Southern California .

Miller Fined For Vulgarity Toward Regulatory Veterinarian
In a separate ruling dated June 24, Miller was fined $5,000 for violating CHRB disorderly conduct rules on Feb. 14 at San Luis Rey. According to the complaint, Miller uttered a vulgarity multiple times while upset that Dr. Barrie Grant would not remove the horse Gates of Heaven from the vet's list following a workout. Grant requested the complaint be filed. Miller has been sanctioned previously for disorderly conduct incidents involving a former employee, racing officials, security personnel, and a regulatory veterinarian.

Financial Complaint Leads To Randal Gindi License Suspension
On June 25, CHRB stewards also suspended the owner's license of Randal Gindi of Monster Racing Stables for failure to appear before the board of stewards on June 24 to answer a financial responsibility complaint. The complaint was filed by Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, alleging Gindi's stable owed $1,402.35 for transporting the horse The Critical Way on Oct. 29, 2021. Gindi's suspension, pending a hearing before the stewards, is to begin July 2.

Gindi's stable is currently based at Monmouth Park, where The Critical Way recently ran fourth in the Select Stakes. The Critical Way was pre-entered in last year's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar but did not start.

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