01/05/2008 12:00AM

Pedersen's suspension begins


The New York State Racing and Wagering Board upheld a 60-day suspension handed trainer Jennifer Pedersen for a violation that occurred nearly three years ago. The board added another 60 days to the penalty, but agreed to waive those days, provided Pedersen is not found in violation of any rules for a one-year period that began Friday.

The suspension runs through March 3.

In March 2005, a routine investigation of Pedersen's Aqueduct barn found "improperly labeled injectibles" in her barn office. At the time, Pedersen was training for Ernie Paragallo's Paraneck Stable. Paragallo claimed the items found were flu vaccine, B-complex vitamins, and penicillin.

Though Pedersen currently has a valid trainer's license, she has not started a horse since Aug. 14, 2006. Pedersen trained for Paraneck Stable for five years until March 2006. Pedersen opened up a public stable shortly thereafter and went 1 for 17 before health issues forced her off the track in the summer of 2006.

Pedersen said Saturday that workmen's compensation issues have prevented her from returning to training.

Pedersen said she hopes to return to training at some point in the future, adding she has some prospective owners wanting to get into the game. For the time being, Pedersen is involved in a business that buys, sells, and leases show horses and jumpers.

"I'm looking forward to going back to racing," Pedersen said.