California Horse Racing Board issues complaint against trainer William Morey

FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, Cloud Computing (2), ridden by Javier Castellano, left, win
Horses race at the 142nd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race course in Baltimore on May 20, 2017.
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The California Horse Racing Board issued a complaint against trainer William Morey on Tuesday, alleging that his assistant trainer gave two horses a substance containing an alkalinizing agent on March 29. The practice is often referred to as milkshaking and is believed to give a horse a performance boost.

Those horses were scheduled to run that day but were scratched.

For the record:
10:55 AM, Apr. 17, 2019 An earlier version of this story reported that three of trainer William Morey’s horses had allegedly received an illegal alkainizing agent. The California Horse Racing Board, which initially reported three horses, corrected the number to two.

Morey has not been able to enter any of his horses at either Santa Anita or Golden Gate Fields since the incident was discovered more than two weeks ago.

Santa Anita recently instituted medical and drug protocols in order to boost public confidence in the sport after the death of 23 horses at the track since Dec. 26.


Belinda Stronach, president and chief executive of The Stronach Group, announced sweeping medication reforms a couple of weeks ago. It was her desire to eventually eliminate race-day medication. The changes did not affect milkshaking, which has been illegal for a long time.

Morey will get a hearing on May 2.

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