At Harrah’s on Nov 3, says the PA Racing Commission, harness driver Joe Poliseno “engaged in conduct that was un-sportsmanlike, detrimental, and injurious to the sport by elbowing a trailing horse, in the head, at least two times.” Re-read that. Elbowed a horse in the head, at least twice. Almost as bad, the charge was not animal abuse, but rather “conduct that was un-sportsmanlike, detrimental, and injurious to the sport.” Imagine. For this, Poliseno was fined $250 and given a five-day suspension. That’s it. But Poliseno appealed, and get this: Because he finally agreed to drop that appeal, Thursday his suspension was rescinded.
In New Jersey, trainer Tom Shay has been fined $1000 for a positive in his horse Bad Medicine at Freehold Nov 11 (the delay was apparently due to a split-sample test, which obviously also came back positive). The drug in question: benzoylecgonine. Yes, I had to look it up. Turns out, benzoylecgonine is the primary metabolite of cocaine. Cocaine. No suspension.
In Ohio, Mike Peterson “did excessively whip the horse [Topville Rustler] throughout the stretch” at Miami Valley Apr 16. Fine: $750 – but $500 if not appealed.
Staying in Ohio, Apr 11, Northfield: “While driving Bombay Bobby, Thomas Tharps whipped the [horse] excessively during the final half.” $500 – $300 if not appealed.