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Columbus, OH--- According to an article in Newsday published on Friday (Oct. 28), former leading harness racing owner/breeder David Brooks, died in federal prison on Thursday (Oct. 27) in Danbury, Conn. of undisclosed causes. Brooks, 61, was the former executive of DHB Industries Inc. and was in the midst of serving a 17-year sentence after he was convicted in 2010 on a 17-count indictment that included conspiracy; securities, wire and mail fraud; insider trading; and obstruction of justice. Operating as Perfect World Enterprises and Bulletproof Enterprises, Brooks and his brother Jeffrey owned more than 800 horses when he was convicted, including 2004 Little Brown Jug winner Timesareachanging. The prison where Brooks was recently transferred is expected to issue a detailed report regarding the circumstances of his death in the near future. To access the full article please click here. For an article that appeared in The Atlantic shortly before his conviction, please click here. USTA Communications Department 

In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal,  Art Major, Bettors Delight, Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire and Mach Three so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Western Terror. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - A real blue blood which ever way you look at it. By the champion sire in Western Hanover, he is from the good Artsplace race mare in Arterra 1:53.2 ($161,976). She is a full sister to the outstanding racehorse and now sire in Artiscape 1:49.3z ($1,469,461) and Strike A Balance 1:55.4 ($121,428) dam of the outstanding Strike An Attitude 1:48.4 ($1,008,898). Apart from Western Terror, Anterra has also produced the brilliant If I Can Dream 1:49.4 ($2,038,153). The grand dam is none other than the brilliant race mare (41 wins) and broodmare in Delinquent Account 1:51.4 ($1,038,997).   RACE RECORD - Western Terror faced the starter just 34 times in his career for the creditable record of 10 wins and 12 placings for stake earnings of $1,289,422. As a 2yo he only had two wins from ten starts and a best winning time of a rather pedestrian 1:54.2, but he went supersonic at three, taking a mark of 1:48.3. He took a few starts as a 3yo before hitting form for trainer Scott Forbes. In his fourth start as a 3yo and in the first division of the North American Cup Western Terror  won in 1:51 beating a New Zealand import in Village Hero N. He finished fourth in the final to Mantacular ($1,318,096). He was then transferred to the Brett Pelling stable and it took him another six starts before he won another race and that was a dead-heat (with Timesareachanging) in the Cane Pace final at Freehold in 1:52.3. It should be noted that the worlds fastest horse Holborn Hanover 1:46.4 ($2,164,802) finished fourth, some distance behind Western Terror in this race the Cane Pace Final. He then went on to win a heat of The Little Brown Jug (Second in the final), The Bluegrass stakes and then he took his record of 1:48.3 in The Tattersalls at The Red Mile (In that race Western Terror once again beat Holborn Hanover). He then went on to win The Breeders Crown Final and The Windy City Pace. He retired at the end of his 3yo career.  AMERICAN STUD RECORD - Due in large part to the massive support he received from his now infamous owner David Brooks when he went to stud, Western Terror served big books of mares starting in the 2005 season in Ontario, Canada with 190 mares served. He then stood another year in Canada serving 158 mares. In 2007 Western Terror was moved to New York to stand where he served his smallest ever book of 106 mares (Still a good number) before moving again to Pennsylvania where he has served books of 140, 248, 188, 145, and 152 in 2012. With these numbers served he was given the best start any stallion could have possibly have had. It paid off as he got the desired results. What immediately stands out when looking at his stud record is what a great filly sire he has been. His five top earners are millionaires and are all fillies. Interestingly all have won more than their sire did on the track. They are headed by the brilliant Western Silk 1:50.1s (($1,729,708), Economy Terror 1:49 ($1,589,139), Shacked Up 1:49.4 ($1,466,978), Yellow Diamond 1:49.4 ($1,387,013) and Drop The Ball 1:48.2 ($1,309,174). His best colt to date is his other millionaire in Up the Credit 1:48.3 ($1,293,408) winner of the North American Cup. Up The Credit is being given his chance at stud. US statistics Eligible to race 3yr old and older - 679 Winners - 396 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 58% $100,000 plus - 103 $1,000,000 plus - 6 Sub 1:50 - 18 Average earnings per starter - $82,710 Average earnings per eligible horse - $54,047 Total earnings to date - $42,264,737 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD - Was available to Australian breeders for just three years starting in the 2006/2007 season producing just 53, 67 and 62 foals (182) for Alabar. He was brought back to Australia for the current season by Empire. It will be interesting to see what numbers he serves this year. His first three crops are now 5, 6 and 7yos in Australia. In his first crop he left Lovable Larrikin 1:53.7 ($141,468) and Terrifying 1:55.3 ($129,067). His second crop produced the good fillies Vertigal 1:55.8 ($317,380) and Arch On Fire 1:56.6 ($130,532). He also left One Eyed Terror 1:56.3 ($148,689), Lightning Joy ($128,875) and Blazing Terror 1:56.5 ($122,119). His 2008 crop produced Terror Time 1:55.1 ($221,760) and Western Rockstar 1:57.3 ($119,385). Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older -  182 Winners - 89 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 48% $100,000 plus - 9 $1,000,000 plus -  0 Average earnings per starter - $35,359 Average earnings per eligible horse - $22,731 Total earnings to date - $4,137,060 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - Was also only available to NZ breeders for the same three years as in Australia. In that time he produced 169 live foals in New Zealand for 73 winners with the standout being the champion entire Terror To Love 1:51 ($1,970,936) who in November became only the third horse in history to win three New Zealand Cups in a row. However he is the only one of those 169 foals to win over $100,000 in New Zealand with his next biggest earners being Chechnya at $53,000 and Corzin Terror at $35,000. (NOTE: When you take the stake earnings of Terror To Love $1,970,936 off his stakes earned in NZ it leaves a total of just $514,056 earned by his other 168 foals an average of just $3,059)). One has to take into consideration that he produced two horses in New Zealand that were big winners in Australia and they are the Miracle Mlle winner and tremendous mare Baby Bling 1:50.5 ($801,178) and good open class horse Terrorway 1:52.6 ($385,709). New Zealand statistics 3yr old and older - 169 Starters - 88 Winners - 73 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 43% $100,000 plus - 1 (8 in Australia)  $1,000,000 plus - 1 Average earnings per starter - $28,238 Average earnings per eligible horse - $14,704 Total earnings to date - $2,484,992 POSITIVES - A proven filly sire who has left a top filly or mare in Canada, the US and in New Zealand (racing in Australia). He has left several horses who have won more than he did on the track which is always desirable in a sire. Can leave that exceptional horse which can dominate his rivals on the track. NEGATIVES  - If you don't get the exceptional one which 99% of breeders don't you are left in the main with an average performer. He has a creditable North American record but his Australasian record is not so hot. In North American he is still behind on just about every indicator when compared against the likes of Bettors Delight, Art Major, and company. OVERVIEW - The stud stats in the two hemispheres are like chalk and cheese. While he has a creditable but not exceptional record in North America, his Australasian stats are way short of the necessary standard required to be a genuine top stallion for Australasian breeders. With the standard of stallions available increasing every season, Western Terror may already be past his use by date for most Breeders. OVERALL RATING  5/10 JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight A Stallion review - Christian Cullen A Stallion review - Courage Under Fire A Stallion review - Mach Three Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled    

On August 30, 2013, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) released a Ruling in the Matter of the Appeal of Jeffrey Brooks & Bulletproof Enterprises. The Panel denied the appeal. The circumstances of the case, including the large number of horses and races involved, are unique. The ORC Administration is working diligently to address the Panel’s orders, in accordance with its authority under the Racing Commission Act, 2000. To view the Notice to the Industry. The Notice is also available on the ORC web site www.ontarioracingcommission.ca Jacinth E. Chang Alloy  

Ruling is long and very detailed!

From www.newday.com by Robert Kessler -- David Brooks, the businessman who made a fortune building his Westbury company into a major supplier of military body armor and then saw it all collapse with his conviction on a massive fraud fueled by an over-the-top lifestyle, was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison. He faced a maximum of 30 years. Brooks, 58, was convicted in September 2010, of all 17-counts in an indictment that charged him with conspiracy, securities, wire and mail fraud, insider trading and obstruction of justice. His eight-months-long trial at the federal courthouse in Central Islip was probably the longest in the history of the Eastern District, officials said. In sentencing Brooks, U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert, in the Central Islip court, said "I can ... see the defendant is truly unrepentant." However, Seybert also said that given Brooks' history of mental illness, she didn't believe 30 years was necessary. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Lunger said that the request for a maximum sentence of 30 years had come from the highest levels of the justice department. "Today the fraud stops," he said. "Today the victims get justice." For his part, Brooks apologized to the judge and to his own family -- but not to his victims. "I'm very sorry to take your honor's time, effort ... and the heartache of this entire matter," he said to Seybert, adding: "I'd like to apologize to your honor for that matter from the bottom of my heart." Brooks was accused of making $185 million by inflating the stock of his company, DHB Industries, that manufactured most of the body armor for the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were never any serious claims that the armor was defective, and testimony at the trial indicated a chief supervisor of manufacturing was obsessed with turning out a quality product for the military. Brooks also was accused of draining off $6 million from the company to support his private life, that included the purchase of a $101,000 belt buckle-in the shape of an American flag encrusted with diamonds, rubies and sapphires; vitamins for his stable of trotting horses; plastic surgery for a former wife; a personal armored car, and flights between Atlanta and Madison, Wis., so a daughter could attend a Halloween party. One of the most publicized of Brooks' expenses over the years was his reportedly spending $8 million to $10 million on a bas mitzvah for a daughter that reportedly featured Fifty Cents and Kenny G. How much of his fortune Brooks will eventually keep is still unclear. Judge Seybert previously had ruled that Brooks must forfeit almost $60 million. But she had said that after the sentencing she will decide how much restitution he owes to victims who purchased the company's stock that was vastly overvalued because of his stock scheme. Prosecutors said the stock scheme involved pumping up the value of the company stock from $2- to $20 a share through a number of fraudulent methods, including markedly over-reporting the amount of armor in the company's inventory. In addition to its length, the trial included a number of bizarre moments, including federal marshals reporting that Brooks had concealed regular pens from the courtroom on his person, because he did not like to write with the break-a-way pens that prisoners are given to prevent use as weapons. And at one point, FBI agents searched a waste can near the defense table reportedly searching for evidence of jury tampering. The result of that investigation has never been publicly revealed. Brooks was forced out as chief executive in 2006. DHB also moved its headquarters to Pompano Beach, Fla. and changed its name to Point Blank Solutions in 2006. Point Blank filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and sold off its main assets, according to records.  

An Old Westbury, LI businessman who looted his body-armor company to finance a jet-setting lifestyle must forfeit $59.6 million in proceeds from insider trading, a federal judge has ruled. David Brooks, 58, will also have to pay restitution to investors he defrauded when they bought stock in his company, DHB Industries Inc. of Westbury, which supplied body armor to law enforcement and the military. Brooks' extravagant spending of corporate money for personal use included a $100,000 belt buckle encrusted with jewels, flights to Nantucket for dinner, and purchases of fine china, jewelry and an armor-plated vehicle, prosecutors have said. He also used unreported corporate funds to finance a harness horse-racing business and host a lavish bar mitzvah for his son, spending $40,000 on leather-bound invitations, authorities said. The amount of the restitution will be determined 90 days after Brooks' sentencing next Thursday, Judge Joanna Seybert of U.S. District Court in Central Islip ruled Thursday after two days of hearings. During the hearings, Seybert was openly skeptical of some records submitted by Brooks, calling one corporate document so demonstrably false that it was "laughable." At another point, attorneys for Brooks denied that he had signed a federal corporate tax return with his name and apparent signature. Prosecutors said the return was a certified copy of the one on file with the Internal Revenue Service and that it had never been amended. Convicted by a federal jury in 2010, Brooks could face up to life in prison. Seybert ruled almost two years ago that prosecutors had failed to meet the standard for establishing a dollar amount of the forfeiture, but she later reversed that decision. The prosecution of Brooks, other DHB officers and related companies had slogged through seven years of proceedings in the federal courthouse in Central Islip as Brooks first protested his innocence and later claimed he was suffering from mental problems. In 2012, Seybert denied a motion by Brooks' attorneys that she overturn his conviction because the tranquilizers and painkillers he was taking rendered him unable to assist in his own defense. The latest hearings began each day with Seybert asking Brooks and his attorneys whether he was fit to proceed. "How are you feeling today?" the judge asked him on Wednesday morning. "So far, so good," Brooks replied. The judge prodded him with questions about the medication he was taking, and he finally said, "I'm feeling OK." Seybert asked him about his condition again Thursday morning. "Same as yesterday," Brooks replied. "What does that mean?" the judge asked. "Yeah. I feel good," Brooks said. The judge complained during the hearings that turnover on both the defense and prosecution legal teams had added to the length of the proceedings. During Wednesday's court sessions Brooks had four attorneys at his table and more legal staff in the audience. The prosecution had five lawyers at its table, and more staff in the audience. After an eight-month trial, a federal jury in Central Islip in October 2010 found Brooks and Sandra Hatfield, DHB's former chief operating officer, guilty of insider trading, fraud and obstruction of justice. Brooks was also found guilty of lying to auditors and falsely inflating the value of the company. Brooks was removed as CEO in July 2006; Hatfield resigned in November 2005. In 2006, the company moved to Pompano Beach, Fla., and changed its name to Point Blank Solutions Inc. The company filed for bankruptcy in April 2010 and sold most of its assets, records show. by William Murphy (reprinted with permission by www.newsday.com)  

Former high profile harness racing owner David Brooks, and former body-armor manufacturer convicted last year of looting his then Westbury-based company of millions of dollars, plans to plead guilty to tax evasion charges Wednesday August 10th in federal court in Central Islip, according to court records and his attorney.

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