Peter Miller suspended for seven days and fined $10,000 for training schedule violations – Reuters


Trainer Peter Miller was suspended for seven days and fined $10,000 by California Horse Racing Board stewards for violating a CHRB rule prohibiting training on the program. The decision, released on Saturday and resulting from a stipulated agreement and mutual release with the CHRB, said Miller violated Rule No. 1502 during a period from December 23, 2021 to March 24, 2022, when he said he was taking a break from training while holding a stable owner’s and steward’s license.

Program formation involves someone behind the scenes making key decisions for a team while having someone else listed on the official program as the official coach.

Miller retired from active coaching last November, citing personal reasons, and handed over most of his stable to former assistant Ruben Alvarado. He took what he called a voluntary break after having five horses in his stable and receiving three penalties for exceeding phenylbutazone.

A May 23 complaint against Miller and Alvarado said Miller “engaged in conduct consistent with the duties of a trainer at the San Luis Rey Training Center…including entering horses, performing endoscope examinations, giving instructions to riders, examining horses, consulting with veterinarians, controlling and accessing bank accounts believed to belong to Ruben Alvarado Racing Stables, assigning jockeys, and creating training charts.

No decision has been rendered against Alvardo. According to Daily Racing Form, a hearing into his complaint will take place in July.

Miller had a starter race to his name in 2022, Respect the Code, which finished eighth in an allowance race at Churchill Downs on May 29. He said at the time that he would return to training in Southern California for the upcoming Los Alamitos and Del Mar meets and planned to race in Santa Anita after those meetings concluded.

The suspension, which runs from June 6 to June 12, prevents Miller from having access to all premises under the jurisdiction of the CHRB. Regulatory rulings of this type are reciprocal in other racing states.

Ryan H. Bowman