Three NJ horsemen get major suspensions & fines

05:02 AM 10 Apr 2014 NZST
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Rest area on NJ Turnpike where Meadowlands security chief Brice Cote followed horse van

Standardbred horsemen Alvin Callahan and Marvin Callahan each were suspended five years and fined $5,000 by the New Jersey Racing Commission for their role in a March 1 Jersey Turnpike rest stop incident in which they admitted to injecting drugs into two horses scheduled to compete later that night at Meadowlands racetrack. A third individual involved, groom John Hollingsworth, was suspended one year and fined $1,000 for assisting in the prohibited activity.

As detailed last month by the Paulick Report, the men, who were transporting three horses from a private training facility to the racetrack by horse van to race that night, were under surveillance by Brice Cote, head of security for Meadowlands. Cote observed the van pull off the Turnpike into a service area, enter the back of the van for a short time, and then discard a paper bag into a trash can. Cote retrieved the bag, which contained used syringes.

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