Lou Pena

NY Appeals Court Upholds Lengthy Ban Of Harness Trainer Lou Pena

The New York State Gaming Commission announced that the New York Court of Appeals has upheld the 2015 sanctions levied against harness trainer Lou Pena, who was found responsible for 1,719 equine drug violations in 675 races. The ruling ends more than six years of litigation and validates the Commission’s actions of using veterinarian records […]

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Harness Trainer Pena Cited For 1,717 Drug Violations, Fined $343,400, Banned Three Years

The New York State Gaming Commission today issued a $343,400 fine and three-year ban against harness trainer Luis (Lou) Pena, holding him responsible for 1,717 equine drug violations. In 2012, the Commission (formerly the Racing and Wagering Board) took action against Pena after a comprehensive investigation of veterinary records determined that he was responsible for […]

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New York’s Drug Testing Program Has Its Own ‘Style’

“It just doesn’t pass the smell test.” Attorney Drew Mollica repeated the phrase, utterly mystified a few days after his client, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, was handed a fine and suspension for overages of both flunixin and furosemide in Saratoga Snacks from a Sept. 20 race at Belmont Park. Mott was told the […]

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Bonnie: Why I Support the Water Hay Oats Alliance

(Editor’s Note: Ned Bonnie has a unique perspective on medication issues and the federal government’s involvement with them, having formerly served as an attorney for the National HBPA in opposing legislation in the U.S. Congress that would regulate the use of drugs in horse racing. During a distinguished legal career, he’s played many roles, prosecuting […]

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Harness racing trainer suspended indefinitely after 1,700 drug violations

Partnership with New Jersey Racing Commission led to comprehensive review of Pena’s horses’ veterinary records, uncovering a litany of violations RWB will seek to recover purse monies won with horses that were illegally drugged and will consider possible rule changes regarding veterinary records The New York State Racing and Wagering Board, after a comprehensive and […]

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Yonkers boots trainer for winning too much

Lou Pena, a harness racing trainer with an amazing 39 percent win percentage this year, has been asked to leave Yonkers Raceway, according to the New York Post.  Pena’s 242 victories in the last seven months are triple that of the next-best trainer, spurring scandal and a flurry of tests to determine whether he is […]

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