New York Appeals Court Upholds Sanctions Against Harness Racing Trainer
The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) announced Nov. 28 that the New York Court of Appeals upheld the 2015 sanctions levied against harness trainer Lou Pena, who was found responsible for 1,719 equine drug violations in 675 races.
In 2012, the NYSGC sanctioned Pena after a comprehensive investigation of veterinary records determined that he entered and raced horses that had been impermissibly treated between January of 2010 and April of 2012. Following a hearing, Pena was banned from the sport for three years and fined $343,400.
“We are pleased with the Court of Appeals determination,” Acting Executive Director Ron Ochrym said. “The Commission takes all allegations of administrations of illegal substances seriously and will continue to uphold the integrity of racing in New York
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