Confusion about the whereabouts of a Fair Grounds filly on the
morning of a race has led to fines for trainers Eddie Johnston and
According to separate stewards’ rulings issued Sunday, each was fined
$500 “for failure to handle his business in a proper manner.’’
The fines stem from the transfer of Telescopic from Ducoing to
Johnston. She won the sixth race Dec. 4, for $25,000 Louisiana-bred
2-year-old maiden fillies, as the odds-on favorite.
The stewards said that on entry day for the race, the trainers made a
transfer in the racing office. The switch in trainers for Telescopic
was noted in the Daily Racing Form past performances for the race.