There were rumors this summer regarding some trainers in Pennsylvania getting caught using an illicit drug which would blow the industry. Well, according to Harness Racing Update, three trainers were allegedly found using Arnesp. The three trainers have been fined $5,000 plus given fibe year suspensions. All those found guilty are due their day in front of a hearing board, but a five year suspension, if the trainers were indeed responsible is not long enough. A lifetime ban is more appropriate.
The Pennsylvania Racing Commission has come down hard on the appeal of Walter Case Jr., denying his permission to resume his racing career. The commission indicated Case can reapply for a license in five years which at the age of 57 won't do much for him. The fact Case was denied a license hurts him as it will go on his record should he apply elsewhere.
My guess is if Case wants to resume racing, his only choice may be racing in California as they seem to be liberal when it comes to applying for licenses. Of course, one or two days a week doesn't provide sufficient opportunity. I do think the PHRC was too tough on Case, I realize the license refusal was more to do with his criminal offense, but if they cited his kicking violations, they better be handing out some serious fines for kicking, not the typical $100 fines.