Clenbuterol Appeals Denied, Suspensions Upheld

Harry Thompson Jr., the leading trainer at Penn National Race Course eight of the past 10 years, has been suspended for 315 days and fined $5,250 for positive tests of clenbuterol in 2002.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., reported Commonwealth Court on Nov. 5 denied the appeals of Thompson and fellow trainers Robert Lopez, Bruno Bellucci, and Michael Peterson for similar

violations. Thompson's suspension became effective Nov. 6 and will extend through Sept. 16, 2005.

The court upheld the rulings by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission made on Nov. 19, 2003. The commission first issued the decision Feb. 15, 2003, after positive tests came back in November 2002.

All four trainers had been allowed to race until their appeals were heard.

Thompson has won 575 races at Penn National since 2001, including 84 this year. He was cited for five violations.

Lopez, who had three violations, was fined $2,250 and suspended 135 days through March 20, 2005. Bellucci and Peterson were each fined $500 and suspended 30 days through Dec. 5 for single infractions.

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