12/16/2014 3:52PM

Wells pleads guilty to fixing a race


David Wells, a suspended trainer formerly based at Penn National who was indicted late in 2013, pleaded guilty Tuesday in a county court to one count of rigging a publicly exhibited contest as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

The count carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail under Pennsylvania law. Wells is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 29.

Along with two other trainers based at Penn National, Wells was indicted in November 2013 by federal prosecutors for allegedly administering illegal drugs to horses. Wells, who trained the Special Eclipse Award winner Rapid Redux, accepted a plea deal earlier this year in which three federal charges were dropped in exchange for pleading guilty to the rigging charge in a Pennsylvania county court.

Wells and the other two trainers have been suspended since they were arrested. The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission said Tuesday that further action against Wells “is pending receipt of documents concerning the guilty plea.”