Probation, $2,500 fine for Penn National Clocker Robertson

by | 11.20.2014 | 8:48am
Racing at Penn National

Danny Robertson, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge of wire fraud for his role in falsifying workouts for cash, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William Caldwell to one year's probation and fined $2,500 on Wednesday.

Robertson, who had been employed by Hollywood Casino at Penn National, was indicted on one count of wire fraud by a grand jury last November as part of a wide-ranging investigation into activities at the Grantville, Pa., racetrack. He pleaded guilty in June, admitting that he accepted cash payments to falsify workouts for trainers, and agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in what is believed to be an ongoing investigation.

According to the plea agreement, the maximum sentence for wire fraud is 20 years imprisonment and $250,000 fine.

Robertson was one of four individuals indicted. Federal charges against trainer Samuel Webb were dropped, though he is facing charges in the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas and has a Jan. 12, 2015, trial date. An agreement between prosecutors and David Wells was reached in which federal charges will be dropped if he pleads guilty in the same Dauphin County Court. Attorneys for trainer Patricia Rogers are negotiating a plea agreement, though a trial date has been set in federal court for March 9, 2015.

Robertson was suspended without pay at the time of the indictment (his license was also suspended by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission) and terminated in January 2014, according to Penn National officials.

  • Mimi Hunter

    About what I expected.

  • Is he still employed as a clocker?

    • togahombre

      look up shirley huntley

    • Racing Fan

      No, hasn’t been for a year nor will he ever be.

    • nucky thompson

      No , he got a job as a steward in California.

  • Hamish

    Quite a deal he cut, going from a potential $250,000 fine to $2,500. The clocker must have had something to say, or there were no tape recordings or microphones.

  • Bellwether

    Tell all the crooks/bad eggs in America if they want to run a scam and dance free if they get busted get a job in T-Bred Horse Racing!!!…$2,500 was probably a weeks wage tax free…

  • Somebody’s Watching

    Stay Tuned, For Penn National Gaming and how they treat you if you refuse to help Upper Management, It is expected that you will put your racing License on the line and chance jail.
    Business as usual.

    • Peyton

      I hope you got your cheaters on cause this is gonna take a lot of watching. Another probation? Why don’t someone go to jail? Horse racing is in the grips of organized crime, unfortunately it is one of the outer spokes and is planned to be the fall guy. Examples: Fairgrounds, Calder, soon to be Arlington? The combination of traditional pari mutual betting on horse races with games of chance is the downfall of this sport. And this union is still being promoted under the guise that it’s the salvation of racing. Horse racing will need to take a step backward to get out of this marriage. If it continues to be sucked in like an abused spouse, then it probably ends up dead.

      • youcantmakeitup

        Take the slot subsidies out of horse racing and the sport will be history. In 10 to 20 years it will be all but extinct. Just a few boutique meets will be run . States are just starting to claw back the casino money that`s propping up this industry. Its a ” dead man walking” .

  • Sinking Ship

    Didn’t he agree to give the authorities information on other characters at Penn? That’s most likely why he received a slap on the wrist.

  • togahombre

    when you read the plea agreement either his lawyer didn’t understand what he agreed to or he was in very deep, he’s still on the hook for 20 years

    • yes master

      It’s understandable as a plea, he is providing substantial assistance, if he fails to live up to his end of the bargain, there are sanctions.

  • Jay Stone

    The sentence he was given had to have been part of a deal with the Feds. He must have turned on everybody he dealt with for them to have basically let him off. I’ve dealt with clockers for 25 years and for the most part they work long hours for average pay. There are a few that stretch the rules but most do their job honestly. The public perception that most works are wrong just isn’t true. Unless you microchip every horse you depend on humans for accuracy. It is almost impossible to convey to the betting public how much effort the horse puts out in his work and who horses work with takes a bit of research. In the case of getting recorded works at private training centers in most cases this is supplied by honest trainers. In Florida there are clockers at all facilities and the powers that be have protected the bettors.

    • youcantmakeitup

      What about the dishonest trainers at private training centers? That`s where a lot of them are because they have rulings against them.

      • Jay Stone

        There are training centers in Ocala that are inhabited by unlicensed trainers. Anyone that relies on workouts from most Ocala centers is crazy. The legitimate training centers in South Florida are handled with integrity in most cases.

  • Daniel Jividen

    Good grief. Can anybody here play this game?

    • lastromantribune

      by the rules ?….are you mad ?

  • gus stewart

    Here is a differnt take on this. Clocked for a time in so cal and years ago it could give you an advatage sometimes. But today its sooooooo difficult to get a good feel of a horses ability in the morning becsuse they may be on or off a product in the afternoon. 2yr olds first time staters stakes races and grass races it can help. Trust me he didnt make that much cash because you have to beat the other guys with the super meds too many times… also pools so small i wouldnt have got up that early to clock to bet into that small of pool. Go after vets and trainers and some owners.

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