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03/08/132 BEDNAR HEARING
Jockey Vinnie Bednar was in the office this morning in response to a complaint filed against him by the Board. He was accompanied by his attorney and family friend, Stephen Miller. Mr. Bednar had been ordered to submit to a urine test by the Board of Stewards on January 28, 2013, after his appearance and demeanor in the Stewards’ office caused concern. He failed to arrive at the California Horse Racing Board office, subsequently left the grounds without alerting anyone in authority and did not fulfill his only mount of the day. He also took off of his mounts at Los Alamitos that night, concocting a story that his brother had been involved in a motorcycle accident earlier in the day.
Mr. Bednar was placed under oath and testified that he had spent the previous evening drinking with friends. The party lasted until the wee hours of the morning and Bednar admitted that he was still under the influence when he came to our office. He said he panicked when ordered to test as he knew he would be positive for alcohol. He also admitted that the story of his brother’s accident was false, but he thought it would give credibility to his taking off at Los Alamitos. He denied that illicit drugs of any kind were involved – just copious quantities of alcohol. His attorney said the 21 year old rider realizes that he made a huge mistake and that there will be consequences to his actions and omissions.
A decision will be rendered shortly.