A peculiarly run race at Assiniboia Downs on July 20, 2022, has shaken up the Manitoban harness racing sector. There have been no violations committed in the controversial race at Assiniboia Downs that took place on July 20, 2022, according to the provincial regulators.
The authority with the responsibility of regulating horse racing in the province is the liquor, gaming and cannabis authority. The operators of Assiniboia Downs requested the regulators to conduct a full and complete review of race 5 from July 20, 2022. This was a CA$5,000 maiden claiming event run for over 7 12 miles.
There is a ruling
The standard investigative process has begun regarding the completion of race 5 on July 5, 2022, at Assiniboia Downs, according to a press release. After analyzing video replays and betting data, and interviewing witnesses, the regular concluded that there were no violations to the race and its final position remains the same.
The CEO of the Manitoba Jockey Club has issued a statement after the verdict. He said that the club understands and respects the regulator’s rights and responsibility towards the races. The conclusion of the review was strongly opposed by the organization. He said that the club believes that the horse, King Witt, has tendencies in how he navigates the turn for home.
The horse early in the stretch drive made the jockey believe that there could be a repeat of the tendencies which could endanger other horses and jockeys in the race. The club believes that the jockey’s decision has been affected by this. According to the club, the jockey over-compensated in his handling due to safety concerns.
According to the statement, the club believes that the final outcome of the race has been affected by the clear leading position of the horse at the time of slowing down. The organization said that the overring of the event was necessary in order to protect the public and keep the integrity of the race intact. The club shared that the jockey should be reprimanded.
There have been horse racing scandals in the past
Over the years, Ontario has had its fair share of horse racing controversies. Robert Gerl’s license was suspended for 20 years by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario in June. A CA$100,000 fine was imposed on him. Two of his horses, Arafat and Komunist, tested positive for ostarine or enobosarm, which is a non- therapeutic substance.
Similar issues have been faced by New York State, which is home to many world-class Thoroughbred and Standardbred races. In May, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that several New York standardbred trainers and veterinarians had been found guilty of participating in an underground scheme to scheme to use drugs on racehorses for many years. Several trainers are facing charges.
According to the Paulick Report, no rules were violated in the Strange Assiniboia Downs race.
The Manitoba Jockey Club, operators of Assiniboia Downs, requested the regulator to conduct a full and complete review of race 5 from July 20, 2022. This was a CA$5,000 maiden claiming event run for over 7 12 at the said track. The regulator ruled that there were no violations to the race and its final standings remain.