Horse trainer pleads guilty to rigging races

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A thoroughbred trainer who raced horses at Penn National Race Course in Grantville has pleaded guilty to rigging races at the track.

David J. Wells, 50, of Grantville, admitted in Dauphin County court Tuesday that he illegally administered drugs to horses he trained to give them an advantage in races between 2008 and 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Wells admitted that he was fully aware the drugs violated racing rules and regulations, and he said efforts were made to conceal the illegal activity from the public and the Racing Commission.

His sentencing is scheduled Jan. 20.

Wells and Daniel Robertson, the official clocker at Penn National, were indicted in November 2013.

Robertson, of Hershey, allegedly provided false times in exchange for cash from Wells. He pleaded guilty federal wire fraud charges in July.


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