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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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Federal Judge Upholds ‘Misbranding’ Conviction Of Trainer Murray Rojas

Judge Sylvia Rambo has denied a motion by the attorney for Murray Rojas to overturn a federal jury’s conviction of the Penn National-based trainer on 14 felony counts of misbranding prescription drugs over a 13-year period from 2002-14. Rojas was found not guilty of wire fraud. The crimes involved Rojas directing veterinarians to administer drugs […]

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Illinois Thoroughbred Breeder Delgado Of Carent Stables Charged With Bank Fraud

Carol Delgado of Naperville, Ill., has been charged with one count of bank fraud, for allegedly using loans granted to “bogus” construction companies to fund personal expenses, according to chicagotribune.com. The published report said the expenses included paying off credit cards, purchases and renovations of homes, as well as the operation of her Illinois-based Thoroughbred breeding and […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Questionable Motives?

In the wake of the 14-count guilty finding in the trial of trainer Murray Rojas, Penn National has permanently barred her and two others from the racetrack. Meanwhile, the national horsemen’s group, the HBPA, is defending its position of financially supporting Rojas and claiming efforts to “support clean racing.” In this edition of The Friday […]

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Commentary: In Wake Of Rojas Case, Racing Should Follow Lead Of USOC

Having been involved as a lobbyist in many policy debates in Washington for several years, I consider it a rare gift when a major court case strongly confirms your side of an argument. It is rarer still when those on the losing side double down and wait for more of the same. That is the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: In Rojas Trial, HBPA Plays The Part Of Enabler

It must be disheartening at times to be an honest Thoroughbred owner or trainer, especially one that happens to race in Pennsylvania. It’s bad enough, as we learned last week in the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas, that widespread and systematic cheating has been going on at Penn National racecourse in Grantville, Pa. for […]

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Rojas Verdict: Not Guilty On Wire Fraud, Guilty On Misbranding Of Prescription Drugs

A jury in United States District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., has convicted Thoroughbred trainer Murray Rojas on 14 of 21 counts brought against her by the U.S. attorney’s office in a wide-ranging FBI criminal investigation into corruption at nearby Penn National racetrack. Their verdict came Friday evening after day-long deliberations that followed a nine-day trial. The […]

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Federal Trial Of Trainer Murray Rojas Set To Begin June 19

Nearly two years after her first indictment, the trial of Pennsylvania trainer Murray Rojas is scheduled for Monday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa. The trainer is alleged to have illegally administered or directed administration of drugs to dozens of starters within 24 hours of post time over a period of five years. Rojas faces […]

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