Justify, Hoppertunity complaint hearings will begin Thursday

Justify, Hoppertunity complaint hearings will begin Thursday
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The stewards at Santa Anita Park will conduct hearings Thursday beginning at 1 p.m. ET to consider two complaints filed by the California Horse Racing Board seeking the disqualifications of two horses, Justify and Hoppertunity, from their victories in races run in 2018. The complaints also seek redistributions of the purses from those races.

Due to COVID-19, all witnesses are expected to testify remotely. The public will not be allowed to attend the hearings in person but can hear and view the proceedings through the following link:  http://www.chrb.ca.gov/Live.html

Clicking the link will bring up a “Register” screen asking for the guest’s name and e-mail address.  A confirmation link granting both audio and visual access to the hearings will be sent to the e-mail address provided. Registration will begin at 12:45 p.m.

The two hearings will be conducted concurrently. Depending on the number of witnesses testifying and presenting evidence, the hearings could last more than one day. The stewards likely will issue their decisions at some later date.

A judge denied an attempted bid by the connections of Justify and Hoppertunity to end the California Horse Racing Board investigation two weeks ago.

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