In the description of the penalty the Judges said, “Mr. Warwick was not the actual trainer of Tug River Princess for the Apr. 10, 2008 race at Dover Downs, and fraudulently listed himself as trainer of the horse for this race.”
The judges deliberation was determined on Sunday May 25, following the hearing in their Harrington Raceway office on Thursday, May 22, 2008.
The judges considered testimony from seasoned Chief Delaware Harness Racing Commission investigator Robert Collison, and responses from Mr. Warwick and Mr. Howard Taylor.
Mr. Collison initiated an investigation on the evening of April 10, while observing the races at Dover Downs. He concluded the initial phase of his investigation after nearly a month’s detailed examination of documents and facts. He has expanded the scope of the investigation since the May 22 hearing.
At the hearing, Mr. Warwick was represented by Philadelphia-based attorney Howard Taylor. Mr. Warwick filed a timely appeal yesterday. The judges have issued a stay of the penalty, that will be scheduled for a hearing before the Commission on Tuesday, July 8, 2008.