The New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) has suspended horsemen Alvin Callahan and Marvin Callahan each five years and groom John Hollingsworth one year for their roles in a March 1 incident at a New Jersey Turnpike rest stop that led to their admissions of injecting drugs into horses who were scheduled to race that night at the Meadowlands. The Callahans were also each fined $5,000, while Hollingsworth was fined $1,000.
According to earlier reports, Meadowlands head of security Brice Cote was following the horse van from a private training center when it pulled off the turnpike into a service area. Cote saw the three men go in the back of the van and upon leaving, throw a paper bag into the trash. Cote went and retrieved the bag and found it contained used syringes.
The three horses in the van, Twinscape, Dointimetogether and Abelard Hanover, were all scratched from their starts that night, with the three men admitting to the stewards that Twinscape and Dointimetogether had been injected with unspecified drugs.
According to the NJRC rulings obtained by harnessracing.com, the three men each provided sworn testimony that they either assisted or "knowingly and willfully administered foreign substances, by way of injection using hypodermic needles and syringes” to Twinscape and Dointimetogether.
In advance of the NJRC rulings, Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural already had banned the three men from the grounds of the racetrack. The NJRC suspensions all began on March 1, meaning the Callahans are suspended through March 1, 2019, and Hollingsworth through March 1, 2015.