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    Default Paragallo Sentencing Outcome

    As reported by the Times Union in Albany at 11:05 a.m.
    http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=932247

    Reported by Times Union a maximum time to serve of 3 years and 33k total for each of the 33 counts of animal cruelty. Restitution to be determined for the Columbia Greene County SPCA.

    Next Times Union states max. of 2 yrs. to serve.
    http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=932180 this one gives a different outcome.

    And this the same as the above

    http://therail.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/paragallo-sentenced-to-two-years-in-jail/

    And another also stating up to 2 yrs. to serve

    http://www.longislandpress.com/2010/05/18/thoroughbred-breeder-faces-cruelty-sentence/

    http://video.onset.freedom.com/wrgb/...sentencing.pdf
    Last edited by Marli; May. 18, 2010 at 11:56 AM. Reason: add'l info added



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    Two years is the maximum -- and he was taken immediately into county custody. Will also have to pay the maximum fine ($33K) -- as well as restitution (hearing in August to determine how much).

    Excerpts from the judge's comments to Paragallo at the sentencing:

    "Your moral compass is out of kilter and points you in improper directions. Your sense of integrity, your code of conduct, your perception of right and wrong was perhaps formed by your days on either mean streets or Wall Street."

    . . .

    "Money, 'The Bottom Line,' and opulence in your mind trumps morality, honesty and civility.

    . . .

    "It has been said, "If you have mean who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you'll have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.' Francis of Assisi."

    http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-raci...-years-in-jail

    http://www.thedailymail.net/articles...d513102238.txt



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    "Hey, Ernie-- wake up! It's your big buddy, Bubba...."
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    I hope this is OK to post here- please delete or contact me if it's not. Five Paragallo fillies are in the care of a NJ equine rescue and are available for adoption. I photographed them last week- please contact the group with any questions or for more information:

    http://rockandracehorses.wordpress.c...p-for-adoption
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    Paragallo now out on $10K bail while awaiting appeal.

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    Does anyone know anything about a new outfit called Midlife Crisis Thoroughbreds in KY, standing a bunch of former (maybe) Paragallo stallions? Achilles of Troy, New York Hero, Lord ofthe Thunder, etc.

    http://midlifecrisisthoroughbreds.com/

    Contact is someone named Greg McAfee, who was supposedly given the horses by Paragallo. He also may have had or has some Paragallo mares.

    And as Alibhai's Alibar posted above, 5 fillies belonging to Paragallo were pulled out of a NJ auction. They were apparently part of a much larger group of some 28 fillies and colts that Ernie had taken off his farm in March or April.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Third Glance View Post
    Does anyone know anything about a new outfit called Midlife Crisis Thoroughbreds in KY, standing a bunch of former (maybe) Paragallo stallions? Achilles of Troy, New York Hero, Lord ofthe Thunder, etc.

    http://midlifecrisisthoroughbreds.com/

    Contact is someone named Greg McAfee, who was supposedly given the horses by Paragallo. He also may have had or has some Paragallo mares.

    And as Alibhai's Alibar posted above, 5 fillies belonging to Paragallo were pulled out of a NJ auction. They were apparently part of a much larger group of some 28 fillies and colts that Ernie had taken off his farm in March or April.
    Could be a strawman breeder for Paragallo. Paragallo raced all those aforementioned stallions at that midlife crisis place.

    Paragallo's former trainer, Campo Jr "gave a crippled horse to a pacer-trainer in Monticello as the story goes... who gave the horse to the Amish"and the horse, Ultimate Journey was rescued from the killer buyer. NYRA allegedly investigated and found Campo "innocent".

    From a poster at the a nyraracing board site...an employee of the track...posted the following:

    "just think how underweight he would have been if others hadn't have been slipping him food. The horse was left in his stall at Aqueduct that was a literal pigsty with filthy bedding and no food for I don't know how long!

    http://www.newyorkracingboard.com/vi...php?f=1&t=3004



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    Well, I emailed KTOB about the farm near Berea that's standing Ernie's "former" stallions. Anyone want to set odds on whether I hear back?



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    Also, the NYSRWB says it will not wait for the outcome of Ernie's appeal, and is going forward with action to impose a lifetime ban on Ernie in NY and possibly impose further monetary penalties. As well as pursuing the sham ownership allegations.

    http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2...f161018138.txt



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    The NY Times ran a big story on Mid Life Crisis TBs:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/sports/30horse.html

    From the story:
    Last fall, Paragallo sent McAfee 4 stallions and 10 mares that were among the 177 mistreated horses at his Center Brook Farm in Climax, N.Y., about 20 miles south of Albany. McAfee and Paragallo have never met, but McAfee said they had occasionally talked by phone since 2006.

    “When all this came about, I thought this is not the Ernie I’ve dealt with,” said McAfee, 43, who wrote a letter on behalf of Paragallo to Greene County Court Judge George J. Pulver Jr. before the sentencing. “All I know is what he’s done for me. I’m a little man, and he has given me a chance to get in this business, to take a shot at my dream.”

    Their relationship began four years ago when McAfee became enamored with the bloodline of Saint Ballado, who died in 2002 after a relatively brief 10-year breeding career. As a stallion, Saint Ballado earned the reputation for producing yearlings that fetched big numbers at auctions and frequently grew into stakes winners.

    Paragallo owned one of Saint Ballado’s unraced colts, Big Unit, and McAfee called him, hoping to purchase the colt inexpensively.

    “We talked about 45 minutes and he told me to send a truck for Big Unit and he was mine, free,” McAfee said. “He said he knew I was trying to break into the business, and he wanted to help.”
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    Perhaps more of a financial message then the slap on the wrists that the NY laws could only impose: Jockey Club 8-21-10 Press Release - "The Jockey Club Denies Stud Book Privileges Following Horse Cruelty Judgment"

    At its August 21, 2010, meeting, The Jockey Club’s Board of Stewards voted to deny New York resident Ernest G. Paragallo all privileges of The American Stud Book effective January 1, 2011.



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    Further punishment from New York: Mar 31, 2011 DRF "Owner Paragallo handed lifetime ban in New York"

    The ban issued by the New York board will prevent Paragallo from obtaining any license from the board and will, at the very least, complicate any effort Paragallo may make to obtain a license in any other racing jurisdiction. Typically, racing commissions honor disciplinary rulings made in other states.

    In addition, Paragallo will be prohibited from the grounds of any racetrack in the state, “even as a patron,” said Joe Mahoney, a spokesman for the board.
    A little bit of economic justice rendered.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Third Glance View Post
    Well, I emailed KTOB about the farm near Berea that's standing Ernie's "former" stallions. Anyone want to set odds on whether I hear back?
    That's not too far from me. If I remember correctly, that's where my ex-ex farrier lives. Paddle faster kind of road, if memory and the stories are correct. I'll check into it and let you know what's what.

    **Update: Well, it appears my daughter has been there (at least a racing farm on that same road). Says it's gorgeous and didn't understand why anyone would put it there. I can't imagine it's not the same place. I'll be interested in what your response from them is.
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    It was a bad day to be Ernie Paragallo. In addition to the action taken by the New York racing authority, the appellate court refused to hear his appeal of his conviction. So sometime fairly soon, Ernie's going to have to go to jail!



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    I have one of his former horses, most appropriately named Nightintheslammer.

    He was bred and raced early in his racing life by Paragallo. Luckily this horse was at the track and sold when the news broke of the abuse and not at the farm, but his name says it all.



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    yeah for ny! wish it would happen more often....i would love to see him behind bars....starve him too!
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    I sure hope this serves as a warning and sets a precedence for those that may want to follow in his footsteps.

    Nice victory for the horses.



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