Riesberry convicted in Canadian court
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The Windsor Star has reported that former Standardbred horseman Derek Riesberry was convicted late last week of fraud over $5,000 and attempted fraud over $5,000 by the Ontario Super Court of Justice. Riesberry's convictions come as a result of having injected a racehorse with a performance-enhancing drug prior to a race and having intentions of injecting another racehorse.
Both incidents occurred at Windsor Raceway in 2010. Riesberry was fined a total of $3,750 for both offenses. Riesberry's license has been suspended by the Ontario Racing Commission and his lawyer told the Windsor Star he has no intention of returning to racing.
This is the first time a trainer was prosecuted criminally in Canada for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Trainer Chris Haskell is also embroiled in a similar case, which was delayed until Riesberry's case was adjudicated.
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