Michael Gill Racing Issues Statement

My understanding

is that they do vet check now, why didn’t they then? I offered to have

the state vet at Penn National check all my horses on the grounds and at

my farm, Penn National declined. They were cheating. No

offense to The Blood-Horse magazine, but it is not ALL that these

commissioners should know.

The Commission’s own investigators recognized the fact that the horses

were back running at Penn National and what I was saying was actually

true. They sent Gail

Emerson to my farm. All my horses were sold. This is the same organization that I have paid more

money into than any other person. Instead what I got was an anonymous

phone call to the Large Animal Protection Society. I wasn’t doing

anything special. So the taxpayer would take the hit. I claimed horses for $20,000 and won for $40,000. “The slippery slope is if the measurement or action taken is

going to be on when this occurs, as it may also involve others who

people feel are not an issue.” McErlean wrote this in his email, a copy

of which I have in my possession.

Not convinced yet? If you think Penn National cares about jockeys and

horses, why are they racing at 12:00 midnight in the middle of January

instead of 12:00 noon? Do you think it is colder at midnight than at

noon? Do you think it is more likely to have a frozen track in the

middle of January? Isn’t it possible it is about making money? Otherwise

they would be racing during the day. What if

I told you he has just given a sworn deposition, under oath, that they

were never were dangerous? What jockey would know better if my horses

were sound than the jockey that was riding them all? How could any other

jockeys say anything if they didn’t ride them? Also, what if Otero and

Jockey Clinton Potts just said under oath that they did not give anyone

express permission to use their names on the jockey petition?

The Commission and Dillon listed three separate complaints: 1) Penn

National, 2) Jockeys and 3) the HBPA.

I guess miracles can happen.

In fact in a federal trial held last week, Michael Dillon, former Acting

Executive Secretary of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission said

under oath that he spoke with three jockeys about their concerns, one

was Clifton and he just could not remember the other two. They had the State of Pennsylvania do their dirty work and we

learned in last week’s trial that Commission’s lawyers warned them that

I could sue the Commission. Typically, trainers survive by

finding a new owner before the old owner goes broke.

I came into horse racing hiring the little guy and giving them an

opportunity to prove themselves. He must have

forgotten about an email he sent on January 24, 2010, just before my

ejection, stating that my trainers, Adamo and Delahoussaye had 3 and 4

breakdowns respectively for the year. When he could not give me Dana Whitney, I fired him as an agent

and the jockeys he represents. I have spent my career defending myself

from the corrupt, with their fear of you hearing me. It is journalism, like

the recent New York Times article and a former ESPN interview,

that have made it difficult to stay in business and impossible for me to

come back by painting me as “The Most Hated Man in Racing” where I might

have been the most honest.

You may remember reading Otero saying my horses were dangerous. Want proof? Simply walk inside of the casino and then

walk out back to the stables where the horses live. Sometimes the thing that separates the

haves and the have-nots is opportunity. It seems they rely heavily on reading The

Blood-Horse magazine. I’m

sure they were the jockeys, Krulock’s jockeys, which was the reason for

Dillon’s sudden loss of memory.

There came a time in late 2009 that I fired Willie Otero. Penn National has me thrown out;

they knew they did not have a reason so they gave it to the Commission. They then said in last week’s trial that they never accused me of

having sore horses. There must have

been some magical wand that was waived to make them all instantly sound. For all those

concerned, you have taken your best shot at me and I am still standing. They had nothing else. I had a passion and a love for this industry. Since that wasn’t possible, Krulock turned to what he

could control…the jockeys. Then it became very clear. They could possibly lose that license if they

were operating a dangerous track.

In fact they did not even investigate before or after ejecting me or

Adamo, not one of them. Out of the 100 jockeys I am

going make a guess at the other two: Dana Whitney and Willie Otero. I noticed how they looked frequently at him for approval

during trial.

Penn National continues to be scrutinized for their unsafe track

conditions. As reported in the Thoroughbred Times, “It

was a surprise visit, and I found nothing wrong in the facility,” said

Gail Emerson, a former trainer. Krulock then gave me Willie Otero to

ride all my horses and then hired Dana Whitney. Dillon also declared our innocence.

Those same complaining owners bought them, the same complaining trainers

trained them and the same complaining jockeys rode them.

I’m no longer in horse racing so I have no motive to share my story

other than the truth.

At the trial, I listened to three Commissioners (Hamm, Hannum, and

Sweeney) and the Executive Secretary Dillon. I was in horse racing for 33 years and have been told

that I have had more starts and won more races than any horse owner in

history. I watched them go up on the

witness stand, one after another saying that I had done nothing wrong. Look back at all my years in

racing and tell me this isn’t the truth. I have now

just introduced you to all the players.

Christopher McErlean is the Vice President of Gaming at Penn National. This trainer was Stephanie

Beattie. Again, that’s seven

breakdowns at Penn National with 820 starts, and one out of 1,400 starts

at other tracks.

I am no longer in horse racing, but I spent $51 million dollars from

1999 to 2009 on horses. Krulock said that he could not do that because

Dana was riding first call for my biggest competitor, Stephanie Beattie.

I spent $51 million dollars in horse racing, why would I need to cheat?

If someone had a better horse in the race, I would buy it. I knew at that moment that since

Krulock got me the stalls at Penn National that he could take them away.

So how did I get kicked out of Penn National? I just had 2,247 horse

races without a single bad test. So why would they want me out?

I got into Penn National when John Krulock (agent for jockeys Thomas

Clifton and Willie Otero) offered me 49 stalls if I rode his Jockeys

first call. They have never come to my defense

because they are made up of horse owners and trainers that do not want

me in the industry because I am cutting up their pie. On three

occasions Dillon happily informed the court that Penn National gave him

a letter telling him what a good job he was doing. It was not a coincidence

that it is these three jockeys that led a boycott of riding my horses in


I went into racing knowing it was a business and I believed I could be a

champion. This was a horse that raced on the grass for

the first time, slipped and clipped heals. I then asked to have Dana Whitney

ride on all the horses. I said that I would, but that I would not use Clifton as I

felt he was an inferior jockey. They want you in the Casino at


MANCHESTER, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Michael Gill Racing today made the following statement regarding horse


You would be interested to know how little these Commissioners know

about horse racing. He seemed to be very

proud of that letter. “It was clean, and the horses were in

good condition.”

I will finish by telling you that in the purest sense I am a competitor,

I find no victory in cheating. Therefore, I think this qualifies me to speak about the


I really tried to make a difference. When you look at it, you see nothing but

locals. I claimed horses from people

that were cheating and winning races unfairly to defraud the betting

public. Weeks later, Otero was suspended from

racing for making no effort for a horse to win. Tell

me this, what is more controversial than telling the truth?

So Krulock had the two top racing outfits in Penn National using his

jockeys. I am not kidding, read the transcripts. There was actually one trainer with more total

breakdowns with only about 600 starts. I bought horses from the big

guys 90% of the time, not the little guys. I was able to accomplish my goals because I believed they were

possible. Sore at Penn, sound at Philly?

Let’s move on to the National Horsemen’s Benevolence & Protective

Association (HBPA). The vast majority went back to Penn National. He was pulling

horses to prevent them from winning. They raced a total of 820 times

during the year. I was trying to create a path to

operating a successful business in the horse racing industry that I

loved so that other owners could do the same. When the largest stable in the country moves in, it is cause for

concern. It is also ironic that I was still able to race at Philadelphia

Park, but not at Penn National, even though both are governed by the

same Pennsylvania commission. This was more money than next the top 15 owners at

Penn National combined. I would not be

bought and I would not be intimidated, that is a dangerous combination

in horse racing.

It was my intent to have stayed in Horse Racing the rest of my life,

what better job to have than one that you love. In fact Delahoussaye

still trained and he had his other owners buy my horses that wound up

back in the same stalls that they were in when I owned them a day

before. I had raced over 1,400 starts in 2009 outside of Penn National

and only had one breakdown. This is the exact

accusation I had made when I fired him. Every year the track

has had major issues with breakdowns. I made $3.1

million dollars there in 2009. They do not like cutting up their share of the pie. The president of

HBPA at Penn National at the time was Stephanie Beattie, my biggest

competitor. That is

not what I want.

Penn National Race Track in Grantville, Pennsylvania is, like other race

tracks, a closed community. At the time,

horses stabled on the grounds did not get even a vet check before they


They believed that the Commission had immunities that they could hide

behind. In fact in 2008, just one year before, it had fourteen fatal

breakdowns in two weeks. By now it was a moot point. I made it possible for the

trainer to make money and the owners to make money, rather than have the

trainer survive by cheating the owner.

Every time I see my name it is followed by the word, controversial. Penn National operates

under a license, as I do.

He has commented publicly about my horses breaking down. They still had major issues two

months after I left. To my knowledge this was the only race track in the country where

all horses didn’t get checked by a veterinarian before each race.

Now I am going to get really insidious. The barns are a

disaster and the track is dangerous, but the casino is just wonderful!

You tell me where Penn National is spending their money. More money than any owner made at any one

race track that year. But they blamed me, not the track.

Penn National can’t say they are concerned about horses and jockeys when

they don’t even vet check horses on their own grounds. Only the Commission could take their

license away. So that is how they came at me.

My dream was always to win the Kentucky Derby; instead this has been my

living nightmare. She was accused of shock waving horses by her

foreman/boyfriend and her grooms, but wrote a letter, representing horse

ownership, to the Commissioner saying I was bad for racing.

Penn National doesn’t want you to pay attention to the horses; they want

you in the casino. Those that wanted me out would have

given their eyeballs to have come up with a bad test to make it easy to

get rid of me. I also quickly learned that it is possible for people to be

totally corrupt.

Penn National knew that I had complained multiple times about the racing

surface. To put this in perspective, if you combined all

of the race tracks across the country you might not have fourteen fatal

breakdowns collectively during a two week period. I noticed how one Commissioner after another on the stand

appeared more hesitant, guarded and confused than the one before.

. Even when the

subject was about life and limb, he forgot. Do you think the trainers would

tell the owners that they lost their $40,000 claiming horse for $20,000

because they were cashing a bet offshore or would they say that Gill

made it a $40,000 horse because he was cheating? What do you think?

So, if you had a couple of Commissioners that you could manipulate, I

would say it was a hell of an insurance policy and defense Attorney

Augusto was the puppet master who protects the tracks and dials in the


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