The Pennsylvania Racing Commission has revoked the licenses of four veterinarians accused of administering drugs to horses within 24 hours of when the animals were slated to race at the Penn National Race Track in Grantville.
On March 26, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania filed criminal charges against Kevin L. Brophy, DVM, of Annville, Pennsylvania; Fernando E. Motta, DVM, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Christopher G. Korte, DVM, of Pueblo, Colorado; and Renee D. Nodine, VMD, also of Annville. Each is charged with conspiring with trainers to administer the drugs in violation of the Pennsylvania criminal law that forbids the rigging of exhibited contests, administering drugs that do not have a valid prescription, and the misbranding of prescription animal drugs. According to the charges, horse trainers allegedly placed orders for drugs which were allegedly administered by the four veterinarians. The charged veterinarians also allegedly backdated relative bills to conceal the activity.
All four of the veterinarians pleaded guilty to the charges under an plea agreement entered into the U.S. District Court in Harrisburg. Those agreements await judicial approval, a court representative said.
On March, 27, based on those guilty pleas, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission revoked all the four veterinarians’ racing licenses. Each veterinarian has 10 days to appeal the commission’s ruling.
None of the veterinarians were available for comment.
Sentencing in the court case remains pendi