Report: Ex-thoroughbred owner banned

BY foxsports • April 1, 2011

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board (SRWB) has imposed a lifetime ban on disgraced thoroughbred owner Ernie Paragallo, barring him from the state's racetracks in any capacity, as an owner or even a patron, the New York Post reported Friday.

"The actions today send a strong signal that there is no place for anyone in the racing industry who mistreats horses and obfuscates his connection to horses that run on our tracks," SRWB chairman John Sabini said Thursday. "This punishment is warranted by the nature and gravity of Paragallo's conduct. To permanently bar a former owner or trainer is a rare sanction, but in this case, it is appropriate to keep this individual away from our tracks."

Also, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court rejected Paragallo's appeal of his May 18, 2010, conviction in Greene County Court, sentencing him to two years in jail on 33 counts of animal cruelty.

The charges stemmed from a 2009 investigation into his upstate Center Brook Farm that found many horses emaciated and suffering from skin infections.

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