CHRB Files Complaint Against Trainer William Morey; Alleges Alkalinizing Agents Given On Race Day
The complaint further alleges that Morey’s assistant trainer administered a substance containing an alkalinizing agent via a dose syringe to three horses that were entered to race at Santa Anita Park that same day, March 29, 2019.
Alkalinizing agents can raise the TCO2 levels of horses, which may reduce lactic acid buildup and prevent muscle fatigue.
March 29 was the first day of racing at Santa Anita since March 3 after track officials ordered a self-imposed hiatus due to a spike in equine fatalities during racing and training since the meet’s opening day on Dec. 26..
Based on information they received, stewards at Santa Anita scratched all three of the horses, which has been the only action initiated by the CHRB concerning this matter. Other horses entered by Morey at Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields on the weekend of March 29 were listed as trainer or stewards scratch on Equibase charts.
Morey has had no runners since that date. He has not returned phone calls from media, including Paulick Report. Daily Racing Form reported that some of his horses have been dispersed to other trainers.
Santa Anita debuted security cameras in its stable area in 2016. It is not know if the cameras were used to observe activities in the Morey barn on March 29.
The stewards at Santa Anita will conduct a hearing on May 2.
Morey has won 1,667 races from 7,068 starts for total earnings of $27,945,676. He is a former director of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Until recently, Morey’s wife, Elizabeth, served as Director of Racing and Northern California Operations for TOC. She is no longer listed on the TOC website as a staff member.