July 2014 Issue - page 8

Page 8
July 2014
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
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Penn National Doping Charge Dismissed
On April 1, an attorney for
horse trainer Samuel Webb,
accused of doping horses at Penn
National Race Course, asked that
charges be dismissed due to lack
of evidence.
On June 6, U.S. Middle
District Senior Judge William
W. Caldwell dismissed the
charges.
Webb and three others,
trainers Patricia Rogers of Hum-
melstown, and David Wells of
Grantville, and Danny Robertson
of Hershey, an employee of the
race course in Dauphin County,
were charged in November and
pleaded not guilty. The remaining
three are scheduled to be tried
this summer.
Prosecutors had charged
Webb with attempted wire fraud
and illegal use of an interstate
facility. Webb’s attorney, Ter-
rance McGowan, argued that
there was no evidence that Webb
tried to use the track’s pari-mu-
tuel wagering and simulcast sys-
tem to commit or further fraud,
PennLive.com reported June 7.
Further, there was no evidence
the alleged doping scheme
would have generated more
money for Webb simply because
the simulcast and parimutuel
systems would have televised
and allowed off-track betting on
races in which his horses were
involved.
The indictment charges that
in May 2013 Webb was seen
in Barn 17 at Penn National
injecting or preparing to inject
a syringe into a horse named
Papaleo who was scheduled to
race that night, and that he was in
possession of numerous loaded
and empty syringes and bottles
of medication, administration of
which could have affected the
outcome of the race.
Getting a smart and well
fashioned trip under jockey Joshua
Navarro, Tea Time overtook front
running Fat Kat turning for home
and then drew away to a convinc-
ing three and a half length victory
in the June 7 $75,000 Jostle Stakes
for three-year-old fillies at Parx
Racing. It was the second stakes
win in seven career starts for the
Pulpit filly and moved her lifetime
earnings to a nice round $178,000.
Sometimes the winning
move by a rider comes in the
early stages of a race, and that is
precisely what played out in the
Jostle. Tea Time drew the inside
post in the six and a half furlong
sprint, just to the inside of Fat
Kat who looked to be the quicker
of the two fillies. Knowing
that, Navarro allowed Fat Kat to
fire out to the early lead, which
allowed him to get Tea Time off
the inside rail and sit a clean, just
off the pace trip on the outside,
where he tracked the speedy front
runner every step of the way.
Moving to the quarter pole,
Tea Time was now right at the
neck of Fat Kat and looked to be
the stronger horse. Coming off the
turn and into the stretch, Fat Kat
was no match. Tea Time had taken
the lead and was starting to pull
away, leaving Fat Kat desperately
trying to hang in for second. Long
shot Offlee Golden loomed a threat
to take place money as she tried
to push by the tiring Fat Kat. Tea
Time was strong to the finish, glid-
ing under the line a three and a half
length winner while Fat Kat held
on for second and Offlee Golden
came home a very creditable third.
Owned by Helen Groves, Jon
Kelly and Sarah Kelly, Tea Time
came into the race as the only
filly to compete against graded
stakes company. While she did
fade to fifth, she led the Grade
1 Frizette field last year to the
top of the stretch. Despite her
credentials, she was overlooked
at the windows and went off at
a price of 8-1 and paid $19.00,
$7.00, and $4.40. Fat Kat, 9-5
second choice, lost her bid for
four straight wins and returned
$4.00 and $2.80. Offlee Golden,
the longest price at 22-1, ran
exceptionally well for third and
paid $5.20 to show. The 4-5
favorite Stormy Novel got a wide
trip from the outside gate and was
not a factor. The final time over a
track labeled fast was 1:16.31.
Tea Time
Wins Jostle
Stakes at Parx
1,2,3,4,5,6,7 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,...32
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