12/16/2014 4:52PM

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.”


Starks43 More than 1 year ago
Should be minimum 20 yr sentence
jusonemoretweet More than 1 year ago
The past is prologue.
robert More than 1 year ago
Good thought Scott, we should all bury our heads in the sand!
Red Dog More than 1 year ago
'the needle and the damage done' www.clockerbob.com
Red Dog More than 1 year ago
There was no lab test for that 'illegal drug'
Gunner More than 1 year ago
and the proof gets buried
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
David Jacobson claimed 9 year old Be Bullish. Way to go Repole.
Glenys McNally More than 1 year ago
You mean a 9 year old soon to be 10. Gee I wonder how well that will go.
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Davey boy will just give him a needle and then eventually he will break down during a race. He also claimed another horse who is already 10 years old around the same time. He is F-ed too.
Scott More than 1 year ago
It's no secret that people will always find a way to cheat, but what's really disturbing about this is that there was a conspiracy (2 or more people) involved. I do find myself curious as to what actually transpired and how the conspiracy was exposed enough to get to this point. However, on the flip side, this is one of those things we might be better off not knowing. Horse Racing certainly doesn't need another black eye.
Daniel155 More than 1 year ago
Maybe he can work in the prison race book.
Kram Hslew More than 1 year ago
rigging still illegal?