John V. Finamore, Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course authored the following response to a piece written by Ray Paulick Wednesday regarding the outcome of the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas in Pennsylvania:
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (“Penn National Race Course”) shares in the public's concern following the trial and conviction of trainer Murray Rojas for multiple counts of misbranding prescription drugs. Penn National Race Course fully cooperated in the investigation and trial leading to Ms. Rojas' conviction and will continue to promote the integrity of racing. When the allegations first came to light several years ago, Penn National Race Course undertook a review of all aspects of horse racing under its control and continues to enforce its rules and take action against those whose presence at the track is harmful to the sport.
Based on our review of the trial transcript and jury's verdict, we have immediately taken all actions within our power against Ms. Rojas, her husband, trainer Eduardo Rojas, and trainer Stephanie Beattie by issuing permanent ejections from the racetrack. Owners, trainers, grooms, and jockeys are not employees or independent contractors under the control of Penn National Race Course and we have no ability or right to suspend or revoke their licenses. We are hopeful the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission will uphold the permanent ejections and take appropriate action with respect to their licenses. We look forward to working with the Commission to develop reforms which provide racetrack operators with greater rights to exclude licensees from their private property and make Pennsylvania a leader in drug testing and detection.
Penn National Race Course will continue to take any and all actions necessary within its power to protect the integrity of racing and the welfare of race horses at its racetrack.
In addition to the Penn National ejections, all licenses of Murray Rojas have been revoked by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. She will be unable to obtain a racing license in other states until the revocation is lifted.
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