Horse racing Eric Guillot banned from team
A horse trainer has been sacked after using a racial term to name a racehorse in the United States.
Eric Guillot of the Cypress Creek Equine team faced mass backlash from the racing world after a post on social media ahead of a race in New York.
“This colt will run next week and has a unique name in honour of a TVG analyst,” Guillot posted on Twitter, with the emoji of a black fist.
When the horse lined up to race at Ozone Park, it did so under the name ‘Grape Soda’, which can be interpreted as an offensive racial stereotype.
The TVG analyst in question was Ken Rudulph, who is black. Rudulph responded to the incident on social media.
“The winner in race #1 from Aqueduct is the perfect example of my issue with horse racing,” Rudulph tweeted. “The winning trainer is a disgusting and racist man. But, if you want to make money in this game you have to be able to ignore that stuff. I can’t do it.”
In response to Guillot‘s actions, the horse’s owner Lawrence Roman announced that it would be renamed ‘Respect for All’.
“Mr Guillot will no longer train nor represent Cypress Creek Equine due to his actions on social media,” Roman also confirmed.
“Cypress Creek apologise for these actions and don’t tolerate this kind of behaviour.”