As was first reported in Harnesslink.com last August, two trainers have plea bargained with the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission (PHRC) to minor benefits and still will be suspened for years from racing along with some stiff money fines.
The PHRC has reached an agreement with two trainers whose horses tested positive for the blood-boosting drug darbepoetin (Aranesp) last May after racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trainers Chastity L. Dege of Seaford, Del., and John Wagner of Centerville, Md., were originally fined $5,000, suspended for five years, and the purse money earned by the horses was to be returned and redistributed.
The PHRC reduced the suspension part of the penalties for Dege to three years and to Wagner to four years, and kept the $5,000 fines and loss of purse intact.
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