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Bill Robinson to sit out 27 months
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - by Harness Racing Communications, a division of the USTA

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Trainer Bill Robinson will serve suspensions totaling 27 months and pay fines totaling C$125,000 under an agreement with the Ontario Racing Commission announced Tuesday by the ORC.

Robinson, 57, of Hagersville, Ontario withdrew his appeal on the ORC ruling regarding a high TCO2 reading on Flight Plan at Mohawk Raceway on November 8, 2003. The original penalty of C$100,000 and five-year suspension was reduced to C$70,000 and two years under the agreement.

In addition, Robinson agreed to drop all other appeals or applications for judicial review related to other outstanding ORC rulings. On April 16, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) dismissed Robinson's application for judicial review regarding a C$50,000 fine and 10-month suspension because of a positive Class III drug test on the horse Artistic.

Robinson served approximately four months of the suspension for the Artistic ruling, and will serve another six months and one week under the agreement with the ORC. He will be fined C$50,000.

Additionally, Robinson will serve a six-month suspension and be fined C$5,000 for two August 2003 rulings for failure to comply with the rules of Standardbred racing.

Robinson's suspensions begin April 20, 2004 and end July 19, 2006. Although his total suspensions equal 36 months, some will run concurrent so the total time being served is 27 months.

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