Report: McLaughlin confirms stable not returning to New York

February 13, 2020 06:24pm

As he had previously suggested, longtime New York-based trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed Thursday he will not be returning to the Empire State with his approximately 40-horse stable, which is currently based at Palm Meadows in south Florida.

McLaughlin, who in November was fined $304,646 for violating labor laws by state and federal regulators, told the Thoroughbred Daily News he would be based in Kentucky beginning in April with a string at Monmouth Park also likely. The U.S. Department of Labor and New York Department of Labor fined McLaughlin for failing to meet minimum wage requirements. 

McLaughlin admitted "mistakes" in his conversation with The TDN but found the ruling to be unreasonable, also saying it's too expensive to operate in New York under current conditions. 

“Obviously we made a few little mistakes, but they can really be costly,” McLaughlin told The TDN. “And when they fined me over $300,000, it hurts my feelings. It hurts me because I’m a very good employer and I take good care of my staff.

"...I just can’t afford to go back to New York because it’s very difficult to comply. So, we’re going to try a different direction.”

McLaughlin said the plan is to have a majority of his horses at Kentucky with "10% to 20%" of his stakes horses at Monmouth Park, which is within an easy shipping distance for New York stakes if needed.


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