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Former Harness Trainer Rick Dane Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison

Former harness trainer Rick Dane has been sentenced to 30 months in prison over his role in the 2020 federal racehorse doping case, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News. He was also ordered to pay a monetary judgement of $33,912.

Dane had previously entered a guilty plea on one felony count, with a second felony charge dropped based on a plea bargain with the prosecution. He is to report to prison on Jan. 9, 2023.

In the original indictment released in March 2020, Dane is characterized as having assisted Seth Fishman in distributing his adulterated and misbranded products. He is specifically alleged to have asked Fishman to provide him with performance-enhancing drugs for trainee Glass Prince in February 2018, and to have asked Lisa Giannelli in 2019 about purchasing and delivering more misbranded and adulterated drugs.

Fishman has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Giannelli was sentenced to 3 1/2 years.

The government's sentencing submission details that Dane “not only purchased performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and prescription drugs from Giannelli that he was using to dope his horses, the defendant also served as a trusted resource for Giannelli by providing background on potential new clients who could be considered 'trustworthy.'”

Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.

In other news related to the original federal indictment, veterinarian Dr. Erica Garcia agreed to enter a plea of guilty in the case last month. Garcia, who had been facing a felony charge, entered her plea to two misdemeanor counts — one of introducing into interstate commerce adulterated and misbranded drugs and drug adulteration and misbranding, and one count of introducing into interstate commerce adulterated and misbranded drugs. (Despite the similar language, they are two different charges which appear to differ based on the degree of her active involvement in the administration or mailing of drugs.)

According to a document of superseding information, prosecutors allege that Garcia “caused to be mailed in interstate commerce adulterated and misbranded drugs” from April 2019 to November 2019 and did herself introduce and deliver into interstate commerce adulterated and misbranded drugs from 2016 through April 2019. She is also accused of administering adulterated and misbranded drugs to horses at the direction of convicted former trainer Jorge Navarro during this time.

Garcia was ordered to pay a money judgment of $18,276.68.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 12.

According to federal case files, the trial for remaining co-defendants Dr. Alexander Chan and trainer Jason Servis is scheduled to begin Jan. 9, 2023.

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