Delaware Park in Wilmington, Del.
Mid-Atlantic based Amber R. Cobb had a two-year suspension reduced to two months by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, which conducted an appeal hearing requested by the trainer in a case involving alleged “improper or inhumane treatment” of an animal, along with conduct detrimental to racing.
The commission issued an amended ruling reducing the suspension after conducting the appeal hearing on July 14. “After considering all testimony and evidence the Racing Commission has modified Stewards Ruling 19-2021,” the ruling states.
In addition to the suspension, which runs from July 23 through Sept. 20, 2021, Cobb must attend an anger management program approved by the stewards, who are to be “apprised of her progress,” according to the ruling.
There are no specifics on the incident, which the original May 26 ruling said occurred on May 11, prior to the opening of the Delaware Park meet. Stewards conducted a hearing on May 21 and issued their ruling suspending Cobb from June 1, 2021, through May 31, 2023.
Stewards said Cobb “demonstrated cruelty to a horse in her care, and due to this action, the Stewards find the fitness of Ms. Cobb is not consistent with the best interests of horse racing in Delaware.”
Cobb received a stay of the suspension pending her hearing before the commission.
This is the third ruling against Cobb for “behavioral” issues. The trainer was fined $200 in August 2018 by stewards at Finger Lakes in New York for “engaging in an altercation in a public area.” In June 2019, also at Finger Lakes, Cobb was fined $250 for “addressing fellow licensees in an inappropriate manner.”
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A trainer since 2013, Cobb has recorded 83 career wins from 872 starts. She is denied all access to areas under the jurisdiction of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.
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