Penn National arrests

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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The Friday Show: Horsemen Helping Horsemen In Court?

Funds exist in many areas of society to help people defend themselves in court. The latest such legal defense fund has been created for horse racing trainers and owners in light of a federal case in Pennsylvania. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the reasons behind the fund, the broader […]

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‘More Time Putting Out Fires Than Promoting’: Johnston Determined To Restore Penn National’s Reputation

Penn National Race Course has been mired in scandal over the past few years, as 10 people – four trainers, four veterinarians, a racing official and a clocker – were arrested and charged with race fixing. Other incidents such as horses testing positive for drug overages, etc., have further tarnished the racetrack’s reputation. Eric Johnston, […]

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Penn National Official Gets Four Months In Prison; Feds Continue Investigation

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a racing official at Penn National race track in Grantville, was sentenced to four months in prison today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner. According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Craig Lytel, age 61, of Hershey, Pa., was an […]

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Former Penn National Official Seeks To Avoid Prison In Fraud Case

Craig Lytel, the former official at Penn National Race Track who pled guilty last year to wire fraud in connection with race-rigging, has asked a federal judge for probation instead of a prison sentence. In a court filing, Lytel’s attorney Frank Sluzis argues the 61-year-old suffers from several medical conditions that would worsen in prison. “Mr. […]

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Pennsylvania Trainer Rojas Pleads Not Guilty To Wire Fraud, Conspiracy

Pennsylvania trainer Murray Rojas has pleaded not guilty on federal wire fraud and conspiracy charges related to allegations of illegal race-day drugging of horses running at Penn National race course in early 2013. The plea by the two-time leading Penn National trainer came on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. […]

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Probation, $2,500 fine for Penn National Clocker Robertson

Danny Robertson, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge of wire fraud for his role in falsifying workouts for cash, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William Caldwell to one year’s probation and fined $2,500 on Wednesday. Robertson, who had been employed by Hollywood Casino at Penn National, was indicted on […]

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Penn National Arrests: One Year Later

It’s been a year since three trainers and a clocker at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., were indicted on federal criminal charges in a wide-ranging investigation that remains active to this day, according to sources. What’s happened since last Nov. 20, when a federal grand jury issued indictments against trainers Samuel Webb, David Wells, […]

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