A suspended trainer speaks out - Lou Pena

05:38 PM 07 Jun 2012 NZST
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Light Hill (New York) trainer Frank Savino has spoken out in support of fellow suspended harness racing trainer, Lou Pena. 'I'm currently suspended for a positive test which I had a prescription but it wasn't used within the 30 days. 'If the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) can suspend me and Pena for not liking us they can do it to anyone.

“They’ve also suspended a good friend and trainer of mine named Dean Eckley which has ruined his livelihood.

“He had his day in court and hasn’t been convicted of anything yet the commission won’t allow him to race. They do this to who they want and they are getting away with it,” Savino told Harnesslink.

Meanwhile horseman Jimmy Marshall thinks North American harness racing should have one uniform code of rules and regulations.

“I also believe the way the rules are currently written and enforced, they give an advantage to those who are more willing to expand the grey area of the rules.

“If the Pena vet records are accurate, this situation proves that the rules are not enforceable therefore, giving an advantage to those most willing to bend the rules. I used the word bend because without a positive test, no rules are broken,” Marshall said.

Perhaps a respected New York harness racing lawyer summed this whole Pena case up said it best when asked to describe the Lou Pena case.

He cited this lyric in Bob Dylan’s hit - Subterranean Homesick Blues (also see video):

“Lookout kid, it's something you did - God knows when, but you're doing it again.”

By Duane RANGER (editor)

Bob Dylan’s hit - Subterranean Homesick Blues:

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