Prominent Penn National horse trainer charged in doping conspiracy


HARRISBURG — A prominent central Pennsylvania thoroughbred trainer has been indicted on charges she conspired with veterinarians to give horses banned substances before races.

Murray Rojas was charged Wednesday with wire fraud and conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors say the 49-year-old from Grantville collected $52,360 in winnings from 11 races in which the banned substances were allegedly used.

The races were held in early 2013 at Grantville's Penn National Race Course, where Rojas is based.

That year she posted an 11.7 winning percentage that year and had 45.4 percent of her horses finish in the top 3, according to Equibase.

Prosecutors say backdated invoices and fraudulent veterinarian treatment reports were used to cover up the alleged doping.

Rojas did not immediately return a telephone message.