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Horsemen indicted in NJ

May 14, 2004

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According to the Newark Star Ledger, trainer Dan Sheddan and groom Bruno Chiodo were indicted on May 13 by a New Jersey state grand jury on charges of rigging a publicly exhibited contest.

Sheddan was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and tampering with evidence. The men were arrested by New Jersey State Police on Feb. 21 while in the act of administering banned substances to the horse Henry Clay, who was entered to race at Freehold Raceway that afternoon.

According to the Star Ledger story, the substances were identified as sodium bicarbonate and the prescription drug Levothyroxine. Also found at the time of the arrest was a syringe containing a substance later identified as testosterone, said New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey.

Both Sheddan and Chiodo have already been slapped with lengthy suspensions and hefty fines by the New Jersey Racing Commission.
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