Chuck Crissman, Josh Green and Dan Warrington are among nine trainers who have reportedly appealed sanctions given for elevated blood-gas tests over the past year at Dover Downs or Harrington. An independent study done to examine the efficiency of the testing machine is now complete, which stated the machine is accurate. However, the original first-time penalty has been changed from a nine-month suspension and $3,000 fine to a $500 fine for the trainer and a 14-day suspension of the horse.
The other trainers which have had positive blood-gas tests and have filed an appeal, which will all be heard by Delaware State Harness Racing Commission executive director Hugh Gallagher, are: Kenny Mitchell, Johnny Waite, Ronnie Millman, Tate Lewis Jr., Rebecca Hoffman and Michael Hall.
The new penalties include a $1,000 fine and 14-day suspension of the horse for a second offense and a $2,500 fine and 30-day suspension for the trainer and 14-day suspension of the horse for a third offense. Crissman is reportedly the only trainer involved with three positives.