Commission upholds Veitch license suspension

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has upheld a one-year license suspension for Kentucky's former chief racing steward John Veitch.

The commission took the action Wednesday against the Hall of Fame trainer.

Veitch (VEECH) was fired without cause in November. The 66-year-old has appealed his dismissal, saying he was discriminated against based on age and that he wasn't given a chance to challenge his termination.

The commission's action means if he wins the appeal, he would then be subject to the steward license suspension.

The state has given no public reason for the firing, but a hearing officer recommended the suspension for an incident at the 2010 Breeders' Cup involving the filly Life At Ten and questions about whether she should have been scratched.