John Veitch is a Hall of Fame Trainer. He was until 2012, also the chief steward in Kentucky. By all accounts, he is a knowledgeable affable man who has spent his entire life in the racing industry. John Veitch had the misfortune of being the “captain” of the ship when Life At Ten ran in the Breeder’s Cup in 2010.
Life At Ten was a filly that was supposed to be the favorite in that year’s Filly and Mare race. She warmed up in a manner that was inconsistent with her previous races, however the jockey John Velasquez (a hall of famer) did not think it was worthy of calling the vet over for an examination. The race ran, and Life At Ten finished last, performing uncharacteristically poor. From that moment forward, John Veitch has been investigated, a hearing held, suspension given and served. Yet the saga continues
According to the Daily Racing Form, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has determined that the Circuit Court should review aspects of the Veitch case. Should the Circuit Court determine that Veitch acted within his providence, they can reverse the suspension. Nothing however, will reverse the damage done to Veitch, personally, professionally and financially. This man who once was a wunderkind of the sport has been relegated to a placing judge.