A grand jury in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, has completed its investigation of activities at Penn National racetrack near Harrisburg that began last year following a jockey boycott of races in which horses owned by Michael Gill were entered. The grand jury previously indicted trainer Darrel Delahoussaye, who in a plea agreement has been put on six months probation while agreeing to never again train horses in Pennsylvania. Delahoussaye was charged with possession of banned substances, including snake venom and sodium bi-carbonate milk shakes allegdly administered to horses in his care. He apparently will be permitted to train in other states.
The grand jury did not file any additional charges in the case, but urged the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission to investigate two trainers, Anthony Adamo, who also worked for Gill, and Stephanie Beattie, the head of the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. The grand jury also recommended that members of the racing secretary's office at Penn National be prohibited from accepting any type of gifts from owners or trainers, a practice that was common at the track.
Finally, the grand jury recommended that the racing commission have jurisdiction not just as the state licensed racetracks but at private training facilities. In an investigative article in the Paulick Report on Gill's Pennsylvania operation (Gill's Gang of Misfits), a former Gill employee said it was common practice for non-veterinarians at the training center to administer drugs to horses.
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