New York State Gaming Commission Suspends 11 Licensees Named In Federal Case

The New York State Gaming Commission has suspended 11 licensees named in Monday’s federal indictment for drug adulteration and other charges related to horse doping. Scott Mangini, Henry Argueta, Dr. Alexander Chan, Rick Dane Jr., Jorge Navarro, Christopher Oakes, Dr. Kristian Rhein, Nicholas Surick, Jason Servis, Michael Tannuzzo, and Conor Flynn were suspended effective immediately […]

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Indicted Trainers See Horses Scratched; CHRB Launches Own Investigation

Following the shocking federal indictment Monday of 27 individuals, including several trainers, on charges related to performance-enhancing drugs in racing, racetrack and commission officials are beginning to mount a response. Four horses from the barn of Marcos Zulueta who were entered at Parx on Monday were scratched; at least three of the scratches coming after […]

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Navarro, Servis Among 27 Indicted On Federal Charges Related To Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis are among 27 people indicted on federal charges in connection with the use of performance-enhancing drugs on racehorses, according to indictments released Monday by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Alongside Navarro and Servis, several assistant trainers, veterinarians, pharmacists and drug distributors are also named […]

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A Look Back At The FBI’s Most Wanted Race-Fixer, And The Trainer Who Tried To Catch Him

One night in 1998, longtime trainer George “Barney” Isaacs says he wore a wire and invited an armed felon into his apartment to help the FBI solve a horse racing mystery – and to get his hands on a $50,000 reward. Now, he wants his money.  In 1996, Isaacs’ near-four decade training career was all […]

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FBI’s ‘Undercover’ Racehorse: 30-Year-Old True Story About Finger Lakes Sting

In 1989, an official FBI operation at Finger Lakes racetrack in New York saw the federal government purchase and race a Thoroughbred racehorse named Zachregard, reports Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. The operation began when an agent named Mike Glass was tasked with uncovering the truth behind rumors of widespread corruption at the track. Zachregard, a then […]

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Penn National Probe: Trainer Oliva Latest Named On State Criminal Charges

Thoroughbred trainer Robert J. Oliva has been charged by the Dauphin County district attorney in Pennsylvania with rigging a publicly exhibited contest – a first-degree misdemeanor. Oliva, 60, is the fifth trainer to be brought up on state charges in an ongoing investigation into illegal medication practices and corruption at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, […]

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Two More Trainers Charged With ‘Rigging’ Penn National Races

Veteran Penn National trainers John D. Conner and Bruce M. Kravets await Nov. 15 preliminary hearings in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania court on charges of “rigging a publicly exhibited contest.” The two men are the latest to be swept up in a long-running investigation of medication practices by equine veterinarians and trainers at the Grantville, Pa., […]

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Penn National Trainer Rusty Albright Charged With Rigging Public Contest

Trainer George R. “Rusty” Albright is awaiting an Oct. 18 preliminary hearing in Magisterial District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., after being charged on one count of rigging a publicly exhibited contest in Pennsylvania – a first-degree misdemeanor. The charge against Albright, filed on Sept. 11, is the latest in a string of state and federal […]

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Federal Judge Denies Motion To Reconsider Overturning Conviction Of Trainer Murray Rojas

Former Penn National-based trainer Murray Rojas has been dealt another setback in her efforts to overturn a felony conviction on 13 counts of misbranding prescription drugs and one count of conspiracy. Rojas was convicted by a jury last July on federal charges that were part of a long-running investigation by the FBI at the Grantville, Pa., […]

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