February 27, 1993 |
Dennis Hutcheson, whose decision to dismiss three horse-drugging cases last year set off a controversy that still isn't over, was fired Friday as executive secretary of the California Horse Racing Board. In an unprecedented meeting at a hotel in Arcadia, the board voted by a 4-1 margin to dismiss Hutcheson. With two board members absent, Hutcheson needed one more vote to save his job, but the only commissioner who voted for him was chairman Ralph Scurfield.
July 27, 1990 |
Dennis Hutcheson, assistant executive secretary of the California Horse Racing Board for more than two years, was elected executive secretary at a board meeting Thursday. By a 5-2 vote, racing commissioners named Hutcheson over 41 other candidates for the $74,500-a-year job, which became vacant in April when Len Foote retired after 22 years with the board.
May 4, 1991
The California Horse Racing Board announced Friday that it has relicensed Patrick Valenzuela, who is expected to resume his riding career on May 12 at Hollywood Park. Dennis Hutcheson, Executive Secretary of the CHRB, said that Valenzuela has been participating in a very strict drug testing and rehabilitation program. It requires Valenzuela be tested every other day, participate in rehabilitation meetings five days a week and meet with his sponsor two days a week.
January 20, 1993 |
The Sacramento district attorney's office, after reviewing an investigation into the California Horse Racing Board's handling of four horse-drugging cases at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, has decided not to file criminal charges against the board or its executive secretary.
December 13, 1990 |
Pat Valenzuela's scheduled hearing Wednesday before the Hollywood Park stewards was postponed and no new meeting is scheduled. Valenzuela, who hasn't ridden since Nov. 2, underwent a medical examination last Friday, and the results were to have been sent to the California Horse Racing Board, then to the stewards. But CHRB Executive Secretary Dennis Hutcheson told the stewards the doctor's report had not been completed.
August 28, 1992 |
Trainer Dick Mandella, concerned that his name is being linked to four horse-drugging cases at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park earlier this year, was told in effect here Thursday that he is not under investigation. "I have a new position on all this," Mandella said to the California Horse Racing Board's medication committee. "I have been hearing that I am one of those (trainers) who is suspected. . . . There is no doubt in my mind that I am not in the group.