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The following story was writen by Bill Finley Jorge Navarro, among the 27 individuals indicted Monday by the District Attorney for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan for doping horses, had become the go-to trainer for many harness racing horsemen who dabbled in thoroughbred racing. Including Shancelot (Shanghai Bobby), who was owned by prominent harness breeders and owners Al and Michelle Crawford, Navarro trained a number of horses for people involved in the standardbred game. According to the indictment, Navarro’s ties to several of those individuals involved far more than the typical client-trainer relationship. Harness trainers Rick Dane Jr., Chris Oakes, Chris Marino and Nick Surick were among those indicted. Surick’s name appears several times in the indictment as a central figure in Navarro’s doping routine. “In addition to his role in the Navarro Doping Program, at all times relevant to this Indictment, Nicholas Surick, the defendant, was a racehorse trainer who orchestrated a widespread scheme of covertly obtaining and administering adulterated and misbranded PEDs to the racehorses under his control, including ‘red acid’ among other substances,” the indictment reads. Red acid is described as a PED designed to reduce inflammation in the joints. In a particularly disturbing portion of the indictment, the District Attorney’s office reveals an intercepted conversation between Surick and another defendant, Michael Tannuzzo, in which Surick talks about disposing of horses that died under Navarro’s care. “You know how many f—ing horses [Navarro] killed and broke down that I made disappear,” Surick said “…You know how much trouble he could get in…if they found out…six horses we killed?” Starting in 2011, Surick owned outright or co-owned a handful of horses that were trained by Navarro. So did Oakes. Surick has trained 1,775 standardbred winners and had 367 victories in 2019. He has 53 wins at the current meet at Freehold Raceway, 42 more than the runner-up. He has seven wins at the Meadowlands this year. Jorge Navarro, among the 27 individuals indicted Monday by the District Attorney for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan for doping horses, had become the go-to trainer for many harness racing horsemen who dabbled in thoroughbred racing. Including Shancelot (Shanghai Bobby), who was owned by prominent harness breeders and owners Al and Michelle Crawford, Navarro trained a number of horses for people involved in the standardbred game. According to the indictment, Navarro’s ties to several of those individuals involved far more than the typical client-trainer relationship. Chris Oakes Harness trainers Rick Dane Jr., Chris Oakes, Chris Marino and Nick Surick were among those indicted. Surick’s name appears several times in the indictment as a central figure in Navarro’s doping routine. “In addition to his role in the Navarro Doping Program, at all times relevant to this Indictment, Nicholas Surick, the defendant, was a racehorse trainer who orchestrated a widespread scheme of covertly obtaining and administering adulterated and misbranded PEDs to the racehorses under his control, including ‘red acid’ among other substances,” the indictment reads. Red acid is described as a PED designed to reduce inflammation in the joints. In a particularly disturbing portion of the indictment, the District Attorney’s office reveals an intercepted conversation between Surick and another defendant, Michael Tannuzzo, in which Surick talks about disposing of horses that died under Navarro’s care. “You know how many f—ing horses [Navarro] killed and broke down that I made disappear,” Surick said “…You know how much trouble he could get in…if they found out…six horses we killed?” Starting in 2011, Surick owned outright or co-owned a handful of horses that were trained by Navarro. So did Oakes. Surick has trained 1,775 standardbred winners and had 367 victories in 2019. He has 53 wins at the current meet at Freehold Raceway, 42 more than the runner-up. He has seven wins at the Meadowlands this year. To read the rest of the story, click here.

Gianni (Yankee Glide) matched his lifetime mark in Thursday's harness racing  feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Chris Marino trainee followed the cover of the race's favorite Up The Alley (Billy Dobson) before tracking him down in the stretch in the $10,000 feature for trotters. Gianni, who returned $10.20 to win, recorded his fourth victory of the season when he stopped the timer in a career best-matching 1:56.2. Up The Alley won the place photo with Sweet Thing (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who had to settle for third. Gianni completed a training double for conditioner Chris Marino whose Hezabluechipboy N (Santanna Blue Chip) prevailed in a career best 1:55.3. The New Zealand invader was making his first start in the US when he wired the field in Thursday's non-winners of two race lifetime pace for colts and geldings. Hezabluechipboy N was driven to victory by Mark Beckwith. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) made her return to the harness racing winner's circle on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Chris Marino-trained mare came into the Fillies and Mares Open with eight wins on the year but the classy distaffer had gone winless since mid-May in the local feature. Campanile got the pocket ride in the $15,000 Open behind the race's favorite Bye Bye Michelle (Stephane Bouchard) and reeled that rival in in the final strides. Campanile stopped the timer in 1:53.2 while pulling off a mild upset at odds of 9-2. Bye Bye Michelle was the runner up and completed an exacta that returned $26.80 while the triple with longshot Hipnumberone (Jim Devaux) third paid $187.50. For Campanile, it was the sixth win in the local feature this season. The seven year old mare was piloted to victory by Austin Siegelman. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Carrickmannon N (Lis Mara) made her debut in the harness racing feature on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Chris Marino-trained mare moved first over on the race's big favorite in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open and cruised by to prevail in a career best 1:52.3. Stephane Bouchard piloted Carrickmannon N to her tenth win in fifteen seasonal starts. The six year old New Zealand invader powered past the 2-5 shot Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) while breaking that one's impressive five race winning streak. Godiva Seelster had to settle for second in the feature for distaffers while Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Carrickmannon N returned $7.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $21.20 and $81, respectively. While it was the first career victory in the Open for Carrickmannon N, for her connections owner Mike Casalino Jr. and trainer Chris Marino, it was number six in the Fillies and Mares Open in 2016 as their Campanile has recorded five wins in the Friday features at the Spa thus far this year. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) continued her dominance of the Friday harness racing features at Saratoga. The Chris Marino trainee prevailed for the third consecutive week in the feature for fillies and mares as she overcame her assigned outside post position to make the early lead, a lead she would never relinquish. Austin Siegelman piloted the seven year old mare to her eighth victory of the year and fifth at the Spa in '16. Campanile held off the late challenge of her co-favorite Bettorhaveanother (Bettor's Delight) to score in 2:00.2 in the 1 1/16 mile Open for distaff pacers. Longshot Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Beckwith) came on to finish third in the $15,000 feature. Campanile paid $6.30 to win as the race's 2-1 co-favorite and led an exacta and triple that returned $22.20 and $111.50, respectively. Campanile is owned by Mike Casalino, Jr. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) went coast to coast in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The Chris Marino-trained mare has been the most consistent force among local distaffers over the course of the last few years and continued her winning ways in Friday's $13,000 Winners Over pace.   Campanile powered out to the lead in a first quarter of 27.2 in the 1 1/16 mile feature.   The gutsy mare dug in late and had enough left to hold off a late charge from rival Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) who wound being the runner up for the second consecutive week in the Winners Over.   Longshot Jets Are On (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot.   It was the third win in the local feature this season and the sixth on the year for Campanile who thrived out of town this winter as well.   Austin Siegelman piloted the seven year old mare to victory for owner Mike Casalino Jr.   Siegelman scored four winners on the card.   Live racing continues on Saturday at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) made her return to the winner's circle in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The veteran pacing mare has been a Spa staple for the past several years and always thrives against the track's top distaffers. The Chris Marino trainee got off to a fast start in the $13,000 Winners Over pace and settled into the pocket behind last week's feature winner So Nice (Mark Beckwith). Driver Austin Siegelman moved the race's 4-5 betting favorite out to the lead after an opening quarter paced in 27.2. Campanile cruised uncontested through a half in 56.1 and three quarters in 124.4 before being met with the challenge of So Nice in the stretch. The seven year old mare was up to the task and prevailed by a length and a half covering the 1 1/16 mile in 2:00.4. So Nice was a solid second in the Friday feature while Fancy Desire (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. The win was the fifth of the season for Campanile. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) prevailed in the feature on opening night of the 2016 harness racing season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. One of the most consistent mares at the Spa in the past several years, the Chris Marino-trained Campanile moved out to the early lead in the $12,000 Friday feature which was contested at a distance of a mile and 1/16. Driver Austin Siegelman guided the seven year old mare through second and third quarters in 29 seconds before holding off a late challenge from the race's favorite Bye Bye Michelle (Mark Beckwith) to win in 2:00.4. Longshot Jenna's Patriot (Jim Devaux) came charging hard to finish third. It was the fourth victory of the season for Campanile who has recorded wins at four different tracks in 2016. The 75th anniversary weekend celebration continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post. There will be a t-shirt giveaway on Sunday afternoon in conjunction with the matinee that begins at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) scored a wire-to-wire win in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Dismissed at odds of 7-1, No Pan Intended Campanile moved out to the early lead and cruised through a first half in 57.0 before getting tested by Yonkers invader So Nice (Billy Dobson) approaching the three quarter pole.  The Chris Marino-trained Campanile, who recently moved over the half million dollar mark in lifetime earnings, dug down for some of her back class and responded to driver Austin Siegelman's urging turning away So Nice before drawing out to prevail in 1:53.3. Pocket sitter La Fiesta (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished second while longshot Deliciouslynaughty (Stephane Bouchard) got up for third. Campanile, who recorded her first victory in the Fillies and Mares Open in 2015, returned $16.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $89.50 and $567, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Spinarama (Cam's Card Shark) changed tactics to secure the win in the harness racing $19,250 Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. It was the fifth Open victory of the year for the Chris Marino-trainee who usually does his best work on the front end. On Saturday night, driver Austin Siegelman got a pocket trip for the six year old pacer who rode the coattails of defending Horse of the Year Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) before poking his nose out in time to win by the slimmest of margins in 1:52. Panocchio finished second while the race's favorite Hot Roddy (Stephane Bouchard) had to settle for third. Spinarama, who is owned by Mike Casalino Jr. of Freehold, NJ, was dismissed at odds of 6-1 and won for the eighth time in 2015. Returning $14.80 to win, Spinarama led an exacta and triple that paid $51 and $131.50. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) was one of the top pacing mares at Saratoga last season but hasn't followed up her monster five year old harness racing campaign with as strong of a 2015 campaign. The Chris Marino-trained mare has been solid this year, hitting the board in half of her twelve starts heading into her try in the $17,900 Friday feature at the Spa. Driver Austin Siegelman powered Campanile out to the early lead and after moving quickly through an opening quarter of 27.2 withstood pressure before stopping the timer in 1:53 flat for a new seasonal mark. It was the second victory of the year for the six year old distaffer and first at the Spa. Campanile was the public's 6-5 betting favorite and bested class dropping Spreester (Jim Devaux) who closed well for second and My Spring Fling (Mark Beckwith) who got up for third. Campanile, who earned over $177,000 last year behind nine wins and eight second place finishes, was a nominee for Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year in '14 at Saratoga. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Sapphire City (Jason Bartlett, $8.60) and Backstreet Hanover (Larry Stalbaum, $10) shared the glory Saturday night at the harness racing meeting at  Yonkers Raceway's winning the co-featured $48,000 Open Handicaps. Pole-assigned Sapphire City won the weekly pacing feature, chasing Forty Five Red (Mark MacDonald) before whipping him in a two-speed number (:27.4, :56.1, 1:24, 1:51.4). The final margin was a medium-sized nose a season's-best effort. The Real One (Pat Lachance) was a belated third as the 7-5 favorite, with Frankie's Dragon (Dan Dube) and E Z Noah (Brian Sears) completing the cashers. For second choice Sapphire City, a 7-year-old millionaire Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stables and Jordan Sklut, it was his fifth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $35.20, with the triple returning $150. The week's marquee trot saw the lass Backstreet Hanover-from post position No. 5-move from seventh turning for home to win going away. The margin was 2¼ lengths in a season's-best 1:55.2. Rock of Cashel (Tyler Buter) rallied for second with ABC Muscles Boy (Eric Carlson), Skates N Plates (MacDonald) and Tober (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. The latter two mixed it up early (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.4), helping the cause of the closers. Tepid 7-2 fave Theraputic (Joe Bongiorno) was a non-factor seventh. For third choice Backstreet Hanover, a 7-year-old daughter of Andover Hall trained by Chris Marino for owner David Hamm, it was her fourth win in 19 '15 tries. The exacta paid $115, the triple returned $744 and the superfecta paid $4,716. The Raceway's live season continues Monday (first post 7:10 PM), a "French-centric" Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Spinarama (Cam's Card Shark) scored on the front end in Saturday night's harness racing open pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Chris Marino-trained pacer usually doesn't get beat when he makes the lead and even after enduring a first quarter in 26.3 and half in 54.3 had plenty left in the tank to score in 1:52. The win time equaled the fastest of the year for a pacer at the Spa. Austin Siegelman piloted the six year old to victory as he moved his career earnings to over the $300,000 mark with the win. Ser Jon (Brian Cross) sat the pocket behind the winner and held strong for second while Ahdoughnolum (Jordan Derue) finished third in his debut in the Open. For Spinarama, it was the third victory in the $18,000 Saturday feature this year, more than any other pacer. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Harness racing trainer Chris Marino started three horses on Sunday's matinee card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and all he did was go three-for-three. Pacer Skype Hanover (Bettor's Delight) pulled off the upset on the front end as the claiming pacer prevailed at odds of 13-1. The first victory of the season for the pacer came in 1:56.3. Trotters Morosita Bi (Equinox Bi), an award winner at Saratoga last year among claiming trotters, scored a seasonal best 1:57 win while drawing away to score by almost five lengths. The Marino hat trick was completed by Striking Hurricane (Striking Sahbra). The four year old trotter prevailed for the third straight Sunday afternoon with near carbon copy victories, all coming on the front end and all while stopping the timer in 1:57.2. Austin Siegelman piloted all three Marino trainees to their Sunday scores. Marino surged into the top five in the local trainer standings behind the Sunday hat trick. Trainer Rene Allard also had a hat trick on the matinee card, winning with trotters Mack's Gold Band, Scottish Cross and Open Trotter Red Hot Herbie all of which were driven to their scores by Billy Dobson. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 24, 2015-Pole-assigned Dune in Red (Tyler Buter, $16.80) held off the cavalry Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing featured $31,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace After seeing Fanticipation (Mark MacDonald) grab the first glory, Dune in Red edged from the pocket. The one made the lead just at a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then rated a :57.3 intermission. Sweetnsinful (Jason Bartlett) then moved from fourth as the 3-2 favorite, prompting the pace through a brisk :27.4 third quarter (1:25.2). Delightful Dragon (Brian Sears) tried to match strides with Sweetnsinful, but found herself gapping down the backside. It was Dune in Red widening to 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn. She would need just about all that margin in a very slow (:29.2) final quarter, before lasting by a neck in 1:54.4. RD IOU and Fanticipation wound up in a dead-heat for second, with a late-arriving Delightful Dragon and Sweetninsful rounded out the payees. The first five finishers were separated by a length-and-a-quarter. For fifth choice Dune in Red, a 5-year-old daughter of Duneside Perch owned by Hero Stables and trained by Chris Marino, it was her first win four seasonal starts. The exactas paid $30.40 (with RD IOU second) and $160 (with Fanticipation second), with the triples returning $287.50 (RD IOU second) and $448 (Fancipation second). The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the sport's two richest races of the season to date-finals of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (purse $529,000)-highlighting a $1.2 million purse card. GEORGE MORTON LEVY MEM. FINAL - SAT'S 8TH RACE HN/PP HORSE DRIVER 1/7 MACH IT SO Tim Tetrick 1A/8 P H SUPERCAM Jason Bartlett 2/1 DOMETHATAGAIN Dan Dube 3/2 LUCAN HANOVER Dave Miller 4/3 WINDSONG JACK Eric Carlson 5/4 BEACH MEMORIES Yannick Gingras 6/5 TAKE IT BACK TERRY George Brennan 7/6 POLAK A Brian Sears BLUE CHIP MATCHMAKER FINAL - SAT'S 6TH RACE HN/PP HORSE DRIVER 1/1 VENUS DELIGHT Jason Bartlett 1A/7 KRISPY APPLE Tim Tetrick 2/2 YAGONNAKISSMEORNOT Brian Sears 2A/4 CAROLSIDEAL Dan Dube 3/3 FANCY DESIRE Yannick Gingras 4/5 MONKEY ON MY WHEEL Dave Miller 5/6 STRINGS Eric Carlson 6/8 CAMILLE George Brennan The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the two richest races of the season to date, finals of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (purse $529,000). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, $66,500 final of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Spinarama (Cam’s Card Shark) pulled off the harness racing upset in Saturday night’s featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Chris Marino-trained pacer was piloted aggressively in the $18,000 Open Pace by Austin Siegelman who moved the six year old out to the early lead. Setting first half fractions of 27.3 and 56.3, Spinarama had plenty left in the tank for the stretch drive despite being dismissed at odds of 19-1. The race’s co-favorite and last week’s Open winner BJ’s Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came charging hard in the stretch to be second while longshot JK Panache (Mark Beckwith) finished third. Spinarama’s first victory of the season came in 1:53.2 and served as one of four winners on the card for the 23 year old Siegelman. Spinarama returned $41.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $100 and $438, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon with a 4:00pm first post time.     Mike Sardella 

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