Harness Trainer Appeals, Receives Stay After Being Suspended 395 Days For Discovery Of Needles, Injectable Substances At Training Center by Paulick Report Staff|09.26.202309.28.2023|4:37pm6:39pm The New Jersey Racing Commission has issued a 395-day suspension and $3,000 fine to harness racing trainer Brandon Mongiello after a “routine inspection” of his stabling area at the Crystal Brook Training Center, an off-track stabling facility licensed by and under the jurisdiction of the N.J.R.C., according to a ruling posted on the Association of Racing Commissioners International website. The inspection, carried out on May 5, 2023, found hypodermic needles and syringes, as well as other instruments used for injection, in Mongiello's stabling area, as well as injectable substances and prescription legend drugs. In addition, the rulings states Mongiello employed an individual who was not licensed by the N.J.R.C. at the off-track training facility. Each of the above three violations resulted in a $1,000 fine. The first two violations, for injectable instruments and injectable medications, each garnered a six-month suspension, while the unlicensed employee resulted in an additional 30-day suspension. Mongiello has appealed the suspension, claiming the contraband was discovered in a trash can and wasn't his. He received a stay of the suspension pending appeal. As a result of the violations, Mongiello has been issued a full suspension of his N.J.R.C. license for a total of three hundred ninety-five (395) days and a fine totaling three thousand ($3,000.00) dollars. The two six-month suspensions along with the 30-day suspension were to be served consecutively beginning Nov. 1, 2023 and run thru Nov. 30, 2024. The fine associated with this ruling must be received by the N.J.R.C. on or before Nov. 24, 2024. Mongiello was the leading trainer at Freehold Raceway during the summer/fall meet in 2021, and is currently tied atop the standings at the New Jersey oval.