The Kentucky State Racing Commission asked the...
The Kentucky State Racing Commission asked the state attorney general’s office to prepare formal charges against the trainers and owner of a horse that ran under the wrong name and history and won the first race at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.
The commission also said it has asked the FBI, the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau and the Kentucky State Police to help in investigating any criminal activity, “including off-track wagering and any conspiracy to fix a race or to mislead the public.”
The horse, Blairwood, a two-time loser at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, was entered in the first race last Saturday under the name of Briarwood and as a first-time starter.
The horse won the race and paid $71, $24 and $8.60.
A news release from commission Chairman Lyle G. Robey said the attorney general’s office had agreed to prosecute trainers Jerry and Dale Romans and owner David Hall on behalf of the commission.
Robey alleged: “The correct identity of the horse and correct name were known and such information concealed from the officials of Churchill Downs, Kentucky State Racing Commission and the public.”
Hall, the horse’s owner, denied the accusations, saying the mixup was an “innocent mistake.”