1 July 2007

Headlines For July 1st

Good discussion on my How To Save Horse Racing post on the Pace Advantage forum.

Charlottetown's racino loses 2.5 million in 8 months of operations Business is picking up now, though.

Interesting article on the Senecas and the Department of the Interior regarding the proposed Buffalo casino. Looks like corruption to me.

Mark Fornier leads trainers at Fort Erie in wins going into weekend

Ontario Racing Commission to take biological samples from horses any time without notice in order to combat drug cheaters

Mountaineer to become full-scale casino

Funny Cide to race at Finger Lakes on Wednesday

Ontario lottery releases new regulations

Ted Lebanowich comments on the parimutuel mishap that happened at Fort Erie last Sunday:

Clerk scratches wrong horse

Last Sunday, Fort Erie had an embarrassing situation.

Classic Ruckis, number 5 in the program, was a late scratch from the 10th race. According to mutuel manager, Chad Gates, the information arrived in the tote room approximately four minutes before the start of the ninth race.

The operator erred and scratched the 5 horse from the ninth race. That horse, Letitbewritten, went on to easily win the ninth race by three lengths.

"After a scratch, you cannot put a horse back into the race," said Gates. "At that point, the horse was running for purse money only.

"When a horse is taken from the pool, the tote system automatically calculates all monies wagered on the scratched runner, and that comes out of the pool."

In the official order of finish, the runners who finished second, third, and fourth were moved up to first, second, and third.

The holders of tickets on No. 5 were refunded their wagers.

The Ontario Racing Commission and the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency are investigating.

Apparently the track wanted to do more for patrons who had what they thought was winning tickets, but they were not allowed to give any extra compensation to them.

Woodbine bias report: inside and speed still getting clobbered on the new improved Polytrack

Two plead guilty for NY harness drug doping

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