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Suspended harness trainer Pena gets temporary license
By Matt Hegarty
Lou Pena, the New Jersey-based harness trainer who was charged in 2012 with 1,719 violations of New York racing rules, had his license temporarily reinstated on Wednesday after a state court ruled that a state regulators were taking an “unreasonable amount of time” to consider his case, according to his attorney, Andrew Turro.
The ruling will allow Pena to train horses unless the New York Gaming Commission is successful in blocking the order, Turro said, or the gaming commission rules on an administrative hearing conducted in August, last year, regarding the violations.
“For the time being, Lou is back in business, which is where he should be,” Turro said. “That being said, I need to stress that this is temporary.”
Lee Park, a spokesman for the New York Gaming Commission, said that the board “is reviewing the situation.” He noted that the judge in the case said that he will revisit the matter on March 15.
Pena was suspended indefinitely by state regulators in May last year based on a review of his veterinary records, which, the board said, showed evidence that horses trained by Pena were administered medications in violation of state law more than 1,700 times over a 28-month period. None of Pena’s horses had tested positive for any prohibited medications.
The case raised thorny legal questions and was criticized by many horsemen’s advocates.
Pena was one of the leading trainers at harness tracks on the Eastern seaboard from 2009 to 2011.
His veterinary records show he persistently administered medications within the 48hr window when it is against the rules to give the drugs. So either he broke the medication administration rules on >600 horses, many multiple medications per horse, or his record keeping is in violation of the regulations. Either way, he's dirty as sin and has no place in the sport. Read the report here: http://rulings.racing.ny.gov/searchrulings.detail.php?ID=32276
none of his horses have tested positive...........
A worse game than the TBs. Why bet chariot racing?
If Pena was white nothing would of happened, he's a dark skin mexican and that's the problem...look at Casie Coleman who wascaught with lots of positves...Burke another....Gural is still letting them race at the big m...Gilbert Garcia never had any positive but he's friend of Pena so the big m won't let him race there....this is still white america
Easy find a masking agent that allows you to admin legal drugs beyond the withdraw times prior to race day. Option2: Stack legal drugs in amounts just below what would be considered a positive test. Perhaps 10% of one drug does not help but 30 drugs at 10% does.
"None of Pena’s horses had tested positive for any prohibited medications." What exactly does this mean? Were the medications legal but the doses illegal?
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