Harness trainer Richard Banca has become the 28th person to be indicted on federal charges related to doping in horse racing. Bill Finley of the Thoroughbred Daily News reported on the indictment late Wednesday, which charges Banca with misbranding drugs.
Banca owns Mount Hope Training Center, which shares an address with a property raided by the FBI in late February. That search yielded bottles of substances labeled “Bleeder,” “Tastee BlenD,” and “epinephrine” with instructions to deliver the products by injection or nasogastric tube.
Banca employs assistant trainer Conor Flynn, one of the original 27 indicted earlier this week. Phone calls intercepted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation purportedly reveal that Flynn corresponded with Louis Grasso (also indicted relative to his alleged distribution of misbranded drugs), where Grasso instructed Flynn to pass “some stuff” to “Mr. Banca.”
According to an affidavit by an FBI agent, Flynn has allegedly stated he has administered performance enhancing drugs at Banca's direction.
According to the Thoroughbred Daily News, horses entered at Yonkers for Banca on Monday night were scratched.
Read the indictment here.
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