Published: May 2, 2022

New York State Gaming Commission Suspends Miceli, Fines NYRA Racing Secretary

The New York State Gaming Commission suspended trainer Mike Miceli and fined New York Racing Association racing secretary Keith Doleshel $2,000 in recent rulings.

Miceli was suspended for running Cover Photo  in the second race March 13 at Aqueduct Racetrack and violating state rules that bar a horse from running within 14 days of having a joint injection. Cover Photo, who won the race, was not disqualified.

It was the first ruling in 12 years against Miceli, who did not request an appeal for the May 8-June 6 ban. 

Daily Racing Form reported that veteran bloodstock agent Joe Brocklebank, provided he passes his written trainer's test, will be the trainer of record for any of Miceli's horses who run during the period of his suspension.

Doleshel was fined for allowing Soaring Mist  to run in a pair of New York-bred maiden claiming races while all of the paperwork registering her as a New York-bred was not completed due to a clerical error.

At the time of those races, Soaring Mist was not a registered New York-bred because a signature sheet had not yet been completed, Najja Thompson, executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, told Daily Racing Form.

Soaring Mist finished fifth and seventh in those March 25 and Feb. 19 races and forfeited purse earnings from the Aqueduct races.

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