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Freehold, NJ --- Patience was a virtue for Drazzmatazz, as he waited for the right moment and capitalized to win the Preferred Handicap harness racing trot at Freehold Raceway on Friday (May 7) in an upset.   Off a win in the American Harness Drivers' Club amateur trot last week, Drazzmatazz was sent off at 10/1 in the six-horse Preferred Handicap field. Luke Hanners kept his drive in the pocket early, letting Windsong Pioneer set fast fractions right in front of him. The opening quarter was a swift 27 2/5 seconds, the first half in 57 seconds.   Heading towards three-quarters, Windsong Pioneer opened up a bit, but Hanners continued to rate with Drazzmatazz. He drew a bit closer as they turned for home, but Windsong Pioneer remained in front, with favored Obrigado looming first-over. In the stretch, the passing lane opened up for Drazzmatazz, and he shot through and took charge. He crossed the line a neck in front in 1:55 3/5, a new lifetime mark.   DRAZZMATAZZ REPLAY       Drazzmatazz (RC Royalty) is owned by Danbry Racing Inc and trained by Vincent Stallworth. He's now won 24 times from 145 career starts, with earnings north of $313,000.   Windsong Pioneer held on for second, while Obrigado was third. Top Flight Angel, Winneress, and Allindotime completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (May 8), with a 13-race card starting at about 12:30 PM. There will be a double pick 5 carryover, starting in race 5, worth $1,139.84.   For full race results, click here. From Freehold Raceway    

Columbus, MN - The harness racing condition sheets for opening week have been posted by the Running Aces racing office. They are available on the U.S.T.A. website and are also available in the race office building near the M.H.R.I. office.   All trainers are reminded that all paperwork must be submitted to MRC before entry to race. All trainers and drivers (including ship-in -only stables) must have current, completed Racing Applications on file with Director of Racing Steve Carpenito.   The live racing season kicks off with opening night on Sunday (May 16) with first post at 6:05 pm central time. Racing will be offered on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings all summer long, and the 56 day meeting will close on Saturday, September 18. There are three special racing cards on the schedule: Monday (July 5), Friday (September 17) and Saturday (September 18) and there is no Live Racing on Sunday (July 4).   There will be a special Qualifying session on Wednesday (May 12) at 11:30 am; enter by 9:00 am on Tuesday (May 11).   The first regular draw will take place on Wednesday (May 12) with box closing at 9:00 am for Sunday's opening night card.   Racing Questions should be directed to Steve Carpenito (scarpenito@runaces.com)   By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Harness racing trainer Marcus Melander is enchanted with Hypnotic AM, and it is easy to understand why. Now ready to begin her 4-year-old season, the trotting mare has earned $1.15 million in her 22-race career, winning 12 times and finishing off the board only once. Hypnotic AM launches her campaign Saturday in the first of two $30,000 divisions of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters at The Meadowlands. She is 7-2 on the morning line, third choice behind Breeders Crown champion Next Level Stuff at 5-2 and 2019 Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry at 3-1. "She had a good winter and I'm very happy with how she's coming back," said Melander, who trains the homebred mare for Courant Inc. "She's always been a nice horse, from day one, honestly. You don't make over $1 million if you're not a good horse. She's always produced. I couldn't be happier with what she's done in her career." Hypnotic AM's career wins include the 2019 Jim Doherty Memorial, 2020 Empire Breeders Classic, two New York Sire Stakes championship, and a Kentucky Sire Stakes title. Last year, she finished second in the Hambletonian Oaks, Kentucky Filly Futurity, and Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old fillies. She was third in the 2019 Breeders Crown. "She maybe is missing that big, big win, but it's hard to complain about her," Melander said. "I thought she was very good in the Oaks, she just had a bad post (starting from the second tier, post 12). She's always right there." The daughter of Chapter Seven - Daydream AM S goes to the Miss Versatility's opening round off a 1:54.4 win in a qualifier April 24 at The Meadowlands. She will have regular driver Brian Sears in the sulky. "She had just one qualifier, but I think it's enough," Melander said. "We trained her a couple of times at The Meadowlands. She's not going to be in top form but she's a nice horse and she should be all right to race. "She can do everything you ask, and she is so professional out there. You can leave, you can sit behind a horse, she's so versatile. She has a lot of speed, she's strong. She's just a sweetheart." Next Level Stuff, who won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old fillies last year, heads to Saturday's start off a second-place finish against mostly male foes in a high-level conditioned trot in her seasonal debut on May 1 at The Big M. The second division of the Miss Versatility features 2020 Hambletonian Oaks winner Sorella and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Ab'sattitudexpress. Ab'sattitudexpress, trained by Lucas Wallin, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite after capturing the New Jersey Breeders Maturity last week. Sorella, who had five Grand Circuit victories last season for trainer Nancy Takter, is 3-1. She is making her seasonal debut. Saturday's 13-race card also includes the first starts of the year for Meadowlands Pace hopefuls Abuckabett Hanover and Exploit plus 4-year-old Grand Circuit stakes winners Fortify and No Lou Zing. Tattoo Artist, an O'Brien Award winner in 2020, is making his second start after a fourth-place finish in a division of the Graduate Series for pacers. Racing begins at 6:20 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at The Meadowlands. The Big M and TrackMaster have teamed to regularly provide free past performances for each race card. Past performances can be found here on The Meadowlands website. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Columbus, Ohio--Young harness racing driver Eddie Miller just keeps rolling along. Tonight at Scioto Downs the talented youngster defeated nine others when he guided Bold Strategy to a gate to wire 1:56.3 tn the $7500 leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association series. Sent off as the betting favorite in the contest, Bold Strategy returned a $3.80 win mutuel. With the crowded field Miller had little choice other than sending his trotter to the front from post five and they got first call at the quarter in :28.1. Surprisingly most drivers had found a seat for their steeds along the pylons and Miller was unchallenged as he led the competition by the half in :58.2 Gregg Keidel was the first to move when he tipped Cruzen Cassi to the outside as Miller showed the way by the three quarters in 1:27.4. But when the field turned for home Bold Strategy put it in another gear and cruised away to a four length triumph. Cruzen Cassi finished second while A Royal Line garnered the show dough for Steve Oldford. BOLD STRATEGY REPLAY   It was Eddie Miller's sixth driving victory in just 11 starts this season.. Bold Strategy, a 4-year-old Break The Bank K gelding, is owned by Rebecca Sugg, Watson Harness Racing and Mary Stucky and trained by his driver. For full race results, click here. by John Manz,i for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 7, 2021 -- Yearling nominations and sustaining payments for SBOANJ sponsored stakes due May 15, 2021. Garden State Trot #4 and Home Grown Pace #4 sustaining payments for 2YO due May 15, 2021. Garden State Trot #5 and Home Grown Pace #5 yearling nomination payments are due on May 15, 2021. From Courtney Staffford, for the SBOANJ

It’s Academic and driver Yannick Gingras had little trouble handling the field as they led from start to finish in winning the $135,000 Charlies Hill Memorial for older trotters Thursday at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. Leaving from post two in the ninth race feature, Gringas settled It’s Academic on the lead and pretty much let the trotter do his own thing from there. With stablemate race favorite Mission Accepted (Chris Page) sitting in second place, It’s Academic cut fractions of :28, :56 and 1:25 before pulling away in the stretch to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.3. Mission Accepted held for second with Majestic Player A (Brett Miller) third. IT’S ACADEMIC REPLAY   A four-year-old stallion by Uncle Peter, It’s Academic is trained by Ron Burke for owner Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario. It was the third win in seven starts this year for It’s Academic, who paid $6.00 to win. “Obviously, I liked the fractions,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. “They were in my favor. When Chris (Page) at us I thought we would have a good run to the finish but my horse is too good right now. “I drove him once last summer,” Yannick added. “And I really liked him. I’m lucky to get back on him. He is just beautiful to drive. You can drive him with two fingers.” In the sixth race $30,000 Open Trot, Lane Of Stone and driver Jeff Nisonger pulled off the mild upset at nearly 5-1 odds. It was Icanflylikeanangel (Dan Noble), the favorite in the race, shooting to the lead from post five and taking the field to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. Jeffery P (Chris Page) took a tuck in second place with no one else in the field yet to challenge. Then going to the half mile marker, Nisonger came first up slowly from seventh place as the field past the half mile marker in :56.2. Nisonger had Lane Of Stone in full stride and they were able to move into second place on the outside at the three-quarters in 1:25.2. Finally able to collar Icanflylikeanangel by the top of the stretch, Lane Of Stone easily held off the race favorite to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Jeffery P was third. LANE OF STONE REPLAY   It was the third win in ten starts this year for Lane Of Stone, a five-year-old stallion by Wishing Stone. He is trained by Mark Winters for owner Henry Horowitz of Brooklyn, NY and paid $11.40 to win. For full race results, click here. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Eldorado Scioto Downs will host a non-winners of one series for 3-5 year old Ohio sired horses starting next week. Named for past presidents and general managers of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, each series will consist of two legs and a final:   The Jerry Knappenberger for horse and gelding pacers - starts Tuesday (May 11) The Kevin Greenfield for horse and gelding trotters - starts Wednesday (May 12) The John Konesky III for filly and mare trotters - starts Thursday (May 13) The Steve McCoy for filly and mare pacers - starts Friday (May 14).   An entry fee of $100 is due for horses entering the first leg. Horses that miss the first leg and enter the second must pay a $200 entry fee. Each leg will go for $8,000G and the final for $13,000A.   Also written on each day is the standard non-winners of one, Ohio sired preferred, for horses that do not want to or cannot race in the series because they are not Ohio sired.   The box closes at 2 p.m. Friday (May 7) for the Tuesday (May 11) card that carries The Jerry Knappenberger.   Live racing is held at Eldorado Scioto Downs each Tuesday-Saturday through Saturday, September 18. Special cards will be held on Memorial Day and 4th of July. View the entire 2021 racing schedule here. From Eldorado Scioto Downs

Snobbytown drove on to the lead and never looked back in a Thursday night harness racing score in the $37,000 Yonkers Raceway Open Pace.   George Brennan exemplified his "Minister of Speed" moniker by sending Snobbytown four-wide into the first turn from post five to contest the early pace. The pair fought their way forward and settled on the engine prior to the completion of the :27 opening quarter. Brennan didn't let off the accelerator through a :55.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters and turned for home with a two-length cushion.   Snobbytown maintained her gap to rivals in the stretch and crossed the finish line victorious ahead by two and a half lengths in 1:53. Norman's Madeline (Brent Holland) rode the pocket to a place cheque, and Surreal Feeling (Jason Bartlett) picked up ground late for show.   SNOBBYTOWN REPLAY     Snobbytown's victory avenged her loss in the prior week and improved her career record to 20-for-53. The five-year-old Nob Hill High mare has earned more than $430,000 lifetime. Ron Burke trains and co-owns with his Burke Racing Stable LLC alongside Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg and Jason Melillo of Powell.   Yonkers Raceway will conclude its week of action on Friday, May 7. That night's 10-race card will begin at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Stickney, IL  -- On Friday, May 7th Standardbred race horses will return to the harness racing track at Hawthorne Race Course for a summer of live harness racing.  “Chicago’s hometown track” will host racing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night beginning at 7PM.  Capacity is currently limited to 50%, but now includes expanded outdoor seating in the new First Turn Terrace. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand for live sports entertainment and with harness racing you can get so close to the action,” said Tim Carey, president and general manager of Hawthorne Race Course.  “The view from the new First Turn Terrace is amazing because the horses are coming right at you and then go spinning away through the turn.” In addition to the trackside views, the outdoor space, including along the railing, provides for easy social distancing and pod seating at picnic tables.  Night racing at Hawthorne also features outdoor barbecue and bars. Founded in 1891, Hawthorne is celebrating its 130th year of live racing.  Harness racing first debuted at Hawthorne in 1970 and the track is now the only one in the United States to host both thoroughbred and Standardbred horses.  In harness racing, drivers--as opposed to jockeys--sit in a chariot-style cart called a sulky that is pulled by the horse, reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour in tightly packed groups of up to 10 horses.  Hawthorne features the longest homestretch in North America for harness racing allowing drivers and horses to rally late in come-from-behind victories. Admission and parking is free at Hawthorne Race Course. by Jim Miller, for Hawthorne Raceway

Major Escape edged clear on the end of a front-end trip on Thursday to take the Monticello Raceway harness racing feature pace.   Driver Jim Devaux was intent on getting the lead with the gelding, and he did so by advancing on the rim from post three through the first quarter in :29. Major Escape then led to the half in :59.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.3, after which he drew the encouragement of Devaux as the field of eight inched closer.   Major Escape turned for home with the lead and outpaced two challengers to score by a length and a quarter in 1:58.2. Kj Michael Gary (Jim Taggart Jr.) found a seam up the rail and took second. Pocket-sitter Uncle Qwackers (Michael Merton) finished third. The winner paid $2.80.   MAJOR ESCAPE REPLAY     Major Escape took his fourth win in his 80th lifetime appearance and increased his earnings to more than $90,000. Dawn Devaux trains the five-year-old son of Art Major for Lisa Zabielski of Ballston Spa.   Monticello will adjourn for the weekend and return on Monday, May 10 with eight dashes starting at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

CHESTER, PA - The Credit Winner gelding Bluffinner is currently in career-best form after lowering his speed record to 1:53.2 while taking the $14,400 harness racing trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. Shinkansen, just favored over Bluffinner in the wagering, kept his rival outside past a :27.4 quarter, but once trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and Bluffinner got to the lead, the rest were racing for second money. Middle fractions of :57 and 1:25 preceded the final clocking, with Bluffinner drawing clear down the backstretch and going on to his third straight win for Purple Haze Stables LLC. BUFFINNER REPLAY   There were also a pair of $13,000 fast-class trots for the older set. In the first, favorite Patriarch Hanover set the piece, but the Theo Josseln mare Eva Dairpet FR, driven by Dexter Dunn, ground him down late to get home first in 1:53.4. The lightly-raced seven-year-old (this was only her 20th lifetime start) now has two wins and two seconds since crossing the Atlantic from Ireland for owner Alan Wallace of that country and trainer Nancy Takter, and in those four starts she has won almost as much money ($15,900) as she did during her European campaigning ($16,768). In the other co-feature, the fans knew "Jack" about the winner, but they didn't know if it was Jammin Jack or Jack Vernon until the photo finish revealed that Jammin Jack had closed just strongly enough to catch pacesetting favorite Jack Vernon in a lifetime best 1:54. Victor Kirby is the owner, trainer, and driver of the successful Angus Hall gelding, who boosted his bankroll to $265,952. A quartet of $12,600 contests for developing horses on both gaits top the betting menu at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Plainville, MA --- The 6-year-old Always A Virgin harness racing pacing mare La Always Amartini had been based at Yonkers Raceway until last week when she shifted northeast and finished second at Plainridge Park. Seven days later, the second time was a charm for her as she scored her first Massachusetts win in the $15,000 conditioned feature for 6-year-old and younger distaff pacers at The Ridge on Thursday afternoon (May 6). La Always Amartini (Kevin Switzer Jr.) watched from sixth as Sweet Sue (Jim Hardy) and Maverick Fiber (John Nason) played give-and-go with the lead to the half. After reaching that station in :56, Sweet Sue became the pacesetter for the second time and braced for the assault from the rear. Sweet Style (Jay Randall) came rolling first up on the rim with La Always Amartini on her back, but that lineup changed near the three-quarter pole when Switzer tipped La Always Amartini three-deep into the last turn and drew alongside Sweet Sue. Now embroiled in a heated dispute, Hardy and Switzer both started driving hard with lines and tails flagging in the breeze. Sweet Sue fought hard to hold her position but La Always Amartini had the better foot this day and pulled away to a 1-1/4 length win in 1:53.4. LA ALWAYS AMARTINI REPLAY   It was the first win of 2021 and a seasonal mark for La Always Amartini ($6.80) who is owned by Fox Racing. Jimmy Nickerson trains the winner. There was an instant jackpot payout in the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta at Plainridge on Thursday. Despite the even money favorite Lillian Rose (1:55.3, $4.00) winning the race, 59-1 shot For Chip's Sake finished third and 38-1 Tempra Hanover finished fifth to bring serious value to the 3-7-9-5-1 combination that paid $10,930.92 for a 20-cent wager. Bruce Ranger led all drivers with three wins on Thursday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (May 7) with post time at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Hanover, PA - Hanover Shoe Farms is proud to report that World Champion and 2017 Dan Patch Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover 1:49.2 ($3,069,857) delivered her first foal, a colt from the first crop of 2019 Dan Patch Trotter of the Year Greenshoe, at midnight May 6, 2021. Hannelore and son are healthy and doing extremely well. Hannelore Hanover was owned throughout her illustrious racing career by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Weaver Bruscemi and J & T Silva Stables. She was trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras.   She was purchased privately at the conclusion of her racing career by her breeder Hanover Shoe Farms.   "The colt is just perfect", says Hanover Executive Vice President Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. "He is healthy, is very handsome with good conformation and is a perfect size. He was standing within an hour and nursing within an hour and a half. Hannelore is an excellent mother. We are all relieved that Hannelore delivered her first foal with no issues and could not be happier with her baby". Hannelore Hanover will be bred back to Greenshoe in 2021.   From Hanover Shoe Farms

WASHINGTON, PA  -- All Day Sunshine wrested the early lead from Amelia's Courage A, then thwarted her late challenge to capture Thursday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. All Day Sunshine easily repelled the first-over bid of Dorothy's Legacy, but Amelia's Courage A had the entire Lightning Lane to pick her up. The 4-year-old daughter of Sunshine Beach - Mustang Kensley responded to the urging of Mike Wilder and held off Amelia's Courage A by a neck in 1:51.4, a tick off her lifetime mark. The game Dorothy's Legacy earned show. Paul Corey trains All Day Sunshine, who triumphed for the fifth time this year and lifted her lifetime bankroll to $189,370, for Kenneth Ashba. ALL DAY SUNSHINE REPLAY   Dave Palone piloted four winners, including a pair for trainer Tim Twaddle, on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

CUMBERLAND, ME - Fans will be treated to a strong card as the extended pari-mutuel meeting at First Tracks Cumberland begins this Saturday, May 8. Patrons will also enjoy free admission and free parking for the live harness racing all season long. Nine races will go behind the starting car at the iconic Cumberland Fairgrounds, with the first post time set for 4:15 pm. Race secretary Marc Reynolds was pleased with the initial offering and anticipates robust interest in the competitive card. "With the weather report looking very pleasant, there is eager anticipation leading up to the track's opening card." First Tracks Cumberland is complying with the state of Maine's COVID protocols and social distancing is in effect throughout the facility. For more information, go to our website firsttrackscumberland.com by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland

THE PAULICK REPORT has reported that two more people have been indicted as part of an ongoing federal case focusing on adulterated and misbranded performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing. On March 11, a new superseding indictment was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in the case of former pharmacist Scott Mangini, who has since entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiring to unlawfully distribute adulterated and misbranded drugs with the intent to defraud and mislead. The new indictment also names harness racing's Carl Garofalo Sr. and veterinarian Dr. Michael Posner. This is the third version of an indictment for Mangini, who was originally indicted alongside associate Scott Robinson in March 2020 and then was named in a superseding indictment that dropped Robinson. Robinson pleaded guilty to one count of drug adulteration and misbranding conspiracy in September 2020 and was sentenced in March 2021 to 18 months in prison. According to the indictment, Mangini collaborated with others, including Robinson and Garofalo, to operate a series of online marketplaces which advertised substances designed to enhance performance or serve as copies of prescription drugs. Court documents filed in Mangini's case before his guilty plea detail the tangle of businesses Mangini and his associates created in an attempt to make it harder for consumers and regulators to work out who was behind their various storefronts. Mangini apparently kept busy with multiple businesses operating on overlapping timeframes. As reported by the Paulick Report in 2016, Mangini was the pharmacist at Ergogenic Labs in Wellington, Fla., before the facility closed following a particularly negative inspection by state health department regulators. Mangini surrendered his license after that state inspection, which highlighted unsanitary facilities and mislabeled product ingredients. According to prosecutors, some of the products Mangini made at Ergogenic were sold to Robinson, who distributed them to the public via HorsePreRace. During the same time he was working at Erogenic, Mangini, Robinson, and others were also making illegally-compounded ulcer medication under the banner of Horse Gold. Mangini, HorseGold, and HorsePreRace were all recipients of FDA warning letters in 2014 regarding ulcer products called GastroMax3 and Gastrotec which the agency said were illegally compounded. A series of knock-off omeprazole products on the market at the time had remarkably similar logos of a running horse outline with a starburst behind or near the horse. One document from prosecutors acknowledged the same group was behind various iterations of the ulcer medication and were trying to walk a line between maintaining branding and escaping the notice of state authorities. In November 2015, Robinson allegedly wrote to someone: “Don't use that artwork for gastromax 3 that my guy sent u – u get us all ****ed – too close-why wouldn't u use original artwork I'm serious-I don't need board of pharmacy seeing that and linking to me.” According to a press release from Horse Gold in 2011, its ulcer products were carried in racing tack shops around the country and were also donated to aftercare charities. After Ergogenic shuttered in 2016, prosecutors say Mangini and Robinson stopped working together and Mangini and Garofalo incorporated Pegasis Investment Group, which served as a shell for RacehorseMeds. Garofalo is accused of helping to manufacture and ship “identical drugs to those Mangini had produced while operating Ergogenic” and of enlisting family members to do the same. Documents reveal that one of the people on the government's witness list helped Mangini and Garofalo create a shell company called Diamond Enterprise Group to obscure the identity of the “true manufacturer and shipper of the drugs sold to consumers.” The person identified only as “Witness-1” was paid $1,000 a month and opened bank accounts and multiple mailboxes outside the state of Florida in the company's name to make it appear as though Diamond Enterprise was based elsewhere. Indeed, it would seem as though the scheme was successful at making it difficult for consumers to figure out how to report a problem with products purchased from one of the companies. A government motion told the story of an unidentified owner whose trainer advised her horse needed ulcer medication and directed the owner to RaceHorseMeds. The owner purchased omeprazole paste from the website without being prompted for a prescription and began giving the paste to her horse. Eight days later, she “observed a serious deterioration in her horse's health, resulting in the horse's hospitalization at an animal hospital. “Witness-3 attempted to contact the company operating the Racehorsemeds website to find out what was in the product she ordered, but the only person Witness-3 could link to Racehorsemeds was Witness-1.” Federal regulations require, among other elements of labeling, that the manufacturer of a drug be clearly identified on the label so consumers can report adverse drug reactions if needed. Prior to entering his guilty plea, Mangini's attorneys had been trading motions with prosecutors about which pieces of evidence would be admissible at his trial. One point of contention was that Mangini was apparently on the radar for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The agency seized two packages that were addressed to people other than Mangini – one in 2020 from Wuhan, China, was bound for “Frank Stef” and one in 2018 from Jalisco, Mexico, was addressed to “Michael O'Donnell.” A defense motion sought to have this evidence excluded, pointing out that Mangini was not the addressee on either package but did not explain exactly how he related to either package. The motion did point out that the accusations against Mangini related to his sale of products in the United States, not to his receipt of drugs from foreign countries. Garofalo, Mangini and Robinson were all longtime owners on the Standardbred racing scene, but Mangini and Garofalo did make a foray into the Thoroughbred world. In late 2015, trainer Maria Borell claimed two horses for their Pegasis Investment Group. One was claimed away and the other was later transferred to trainer Sal Santoro after Borell left Florida. A third Thoroughbred racing for Pegasis Investment Group the following year was trained by Barry Kirkham. The indictment accuses Posner of allowing Mangini to use his name and veterinary licensing credentials to create prescriptions for horses which neither Posner nor Mangini (who is not a veterinarian) had examined. The March 2021 indictment points to a check to Posner issued by Ergogenic Labs for $243.50, with “March 2016 commissions” written in the memo line. Mangini and Posner were charged with one count of drug adulteration and misbranding conspiracy, while Mangini and Garofalo were charged in a separate count of drug adulteration and misbranding conspiracy. Garofalo and Posner have entered not guilty pleas. by Natalie Voss, for the Paulick Report

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