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Judge: Booted horse trainer deserved quick hearing

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 20, 2012 9:20 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A federal judge says a horse trainer kicked out of a central Pennsylvania race track must be readmitted because he didn't get to promptly challenge his ejection. 

Last week's ruling by U.S. Middle District Senior Judge Sylvia Rambo allows Tito Moreno to return to Penn National Race Course following his August ejection. 

Rambo says a portion of the state's horse racing regulations is unconstitutional because it fails to specify when appeal hearings must be scheduled. 

Moreno was kicked off the track after racing commission inspectors saw him with two syringes and a vitamin supplement.

Injection equipment isn't permitted at tracks but Moreno says he'd used the syringes on goats earlier and forget he had them. 

The state Agriculture Department is reviewing the ruling.

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