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By PAULICK REPORT STAFF
The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has revoked all racing licenses for four veterinarians recently named in a federal plea agreement on criminal charges for the “rigging of publicly exhibited contests.”
The revocations were dated March 27, one day after plea agreements were entered in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., by equine practitioners Kevin L. Brophy of Annville, Pa., Christopher G. Korte of Pueblo West, Colo., Fernando Motta of Lancaster, Pa., and Renee Nodine of Annville, Pa.
The Pennsylvania rulings say the four vets pleaded guilty to “administering drugs to Thoroughbred race horses within 24 hours of when the horse was entered to race. This conduct was in violation of the state criminal law prohibiting the rigging of publicly exhibited contests; the administering of the drugs was not pursuant to a valid prescription and constituted misbranding of the prescription animal drugs in violation of federal law.
“Pursuant to Section 325.213(f)(l), (2) and (f.1) of the Horse Race Industry Reform Act, the Commission ‘shall suspend, refuse to renew or revoke a license issued under this section, if it shall determine that the applicant or licensee has been convicted of an offense related to fixing races…’”
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