View From The Eighth Pole: Obstruction In Oklahoma?

by | 10.11.2017 | 4:05pm
Onemorefastdance (blue silks) after Sept. 8, 2016, win at Remington Park

I don't like it when people try to make a fool out of me. I do a good enough job of that without any help.

But that's what the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission staff apparently was trying to do last week when I inquired about the status of the investigation into the wrong horse running and winning at Remington Park on Sept. 16.

I've learned in previous attempts to get information from the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission that its executive director, Kelly Cathey, would be non-responsive. Nevertheless, I left a voice message with him the day after a 6-year-old mare named Onemorefastdance ran and won under the name of a 4-year-old gelding, Collateral Kitten. Both horses are from the barn of Karl Broberg, who admitted to what he called an “egregious” and “embarrassing” mistake after it was brought to my attention by Onemorefastdance's breeder, John M. Lowder.

The person acting as horse identifier on Sept. 16 was steward David Moore, who was subbing for Walter Orona, whose regular job is to compare lip tattoos of every horse with its foal papers before they enter the paddock to be saddled.

Cathey did not call back. A Daily Racing Form reporter who reached Cathey on his cell phone to ask about the mix-up got a “no comment.”


More than two weeks later, on Oct. 4, after learning from multiple sources that both Moore and Orona were missing from their jobs for a week, I emailed the commission staff member who I previously was told to funnel my inquiries through, since the executive director did not want to be bothered.

“I wanted to check to see if there are rulings related to a recent case or cases involving horse identification,” I wrote in an email. “The rulings would involve Karl Broberg, David Moore and/or Walter Orona. Can you please send me copies of any stewards rulings on this?”

Later that day I got a response from Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission staff attorney James Rucker.

“Mr. Paulick: I was forwarded your request for information regarding the recent horse identification case(s) at Remington. As of now there have been no Stewards Rulings issued as regards any of the individuals you named. — James W. Rucker, Staff Attorney, Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission”

Something didn't smell right, and I wrote this piece two days later, saying that “ horsemen and horseplayers at Remington Park have grumbled to the Paulick Report about a lack of transparency from the commission and concerns over whether horse identification procedures are being corrected to prevent further mistakes.”

Three days after that, on Oct. 9, Kelly Cathey called to say he had a statement on the matter. It reads:

“The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission staff has completed the investigative portion of the matter regarding recently misidentified horses. These events brought forth a review of long standing procedures and protocols which have since been revised to better ensure shortfalls such as these do not occur in the future. Both the identifier and the steward acting as identifier were suspended for seven working days without pay, beginning immediately after the September 16th incident.

“While we cannot comment on the actions of the trainer and his staff prior to the scheduled Stewards hearing, the OHRC takes responsibility for its role in these matters.  Myself and staff members understand we are charged with protecting the public, as well as industry participants from intentional or inadvertent violations of our Rules.

“On behalf of the OHRC, I extend our sincerest apologies to all who may have been negatively affected by these events and assure them that our duty to provide the highest standard of regulation over racing at all race tracks will be met.”

What Cathey didn't say in his statement was why Orona was suspended if he wasn't working Sept. 16. He also didn't say who suspended the two men or why the staff attorney wasn't more forthcoming on Oct. 4 when I directly asked if there had been any “rulings” on Moore, Orona or Broberg.

Cathey replied that the investigation into the Sept. 16 incident uncovered a Sept. 4 misidentification involving the same two horses (as reported in Paulick Report). The regular horse identifier, Walter Orona, was working that night, Cathey said. He also said “it was apparent that I needed to take immediate action as these are OHRC employees so I sought advice from our HR attorney, not Mr. Rucker, concerning disciplinary options for our personnel.”

So apparently a high-profile misidentification case that led to the executive director suspending a steward and the horse identifier for one week without pay escaped the notice of the staff attorney for the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission. Or maybe he was playing word games with me, since there was no “ruling” or “stewards ruling” but disciplinary action from the commission's executive director. I think he played me for a fool.

Either way, the betting public has a right to know what actions a regulatory agency or stewards take to ensure that competence, accountability and transparency are in place where people are betting their hard-earned dollars.

That's my view from the eighth pole.

  • lastromantribune

    excellent job Ray as always …there are few media people as important to the fans and the game as yourself and your staff presently in the game. thanks foe all you do.

    • billy

      Paulick puts it all out there the good the bad and the ugly….i applaud everyone for what they do…personally I’m hoping the paulick report and their stories command sweeping changes for the betterment of the racehorse…. unfortunately I won’t be holding my breath the game is in a sad state of disgrace period

    • jj

      Dido

  • Hamish

    So, does Onemorefastdance, the wrong Broberg horse, still keep the first place purse?

    • Shea Stuart

      Noway in hell

  • ccstuart

    What was the answer as to why the wrong horse that was not eligible for the conditions for the race which “she” won was not disqualified immediately? It seems to me that this horse should have been disqualified immediately and the purse monies should have been redistributed instead of letting the beneficiary race again in a race he should not be eligible for if they had done their job. Now said horse has run 2nd leaving concern that the 3rd 4th 5th 6th finishers have a legitimate complaint that they should be elevated in purse money as horse was not eligible for the race. These horses are not the only ones slighted as what about the slot the horse took over the excluded horses in the race. Can someone in Oklahoma do the right thing instead of passing the buck and being deceitful???

    • Todays_Tom_Sawyer

      Agree. Time is of the essence, especially concerning races with conditions. That’s in addition to the horsemen who are directly effected by the timeliness of purse distribution. It’s tough enough at times to make ends meet in this industry, delaying redistribution or allowing this “egregious” type mistake to continue to happen hurts all horsemen.

  • Donny Toombs

    Things like this happen far too often at many tracks. Like congress, stewards and other higher ups in racing should have term limits. Remington needs investigated for many things and should start with the general manager.

  • john

    Total disgrace when this happens….then no transparency…People should be fired for this stuff, not one week suspensions.

    • Bradly

      Your right they should rule off Broberg for life

  • Quartermile

    Yall act like yall have never made a mistake. Have you heard of an honest mistake. Why don’t you all go out there and check horses lips to see if you would make a mistake, than judge.

    • Cuffdaddy

      This has happened twice for Broberg. I believe both times he had the winner of the race.

      Like I have said before, this is race fixing. There is always some excuse, this time the regular horse identifier had the night off.

      The angle that it is beyond belief that he could be subsitute a different sex horse so it must he a mistake is part of the scam.

      Money made betting on a sure thing while the public gets screwed again. A series of small profits with each new ploy.

      As a bettor I am forced to add the “crafty trainer angle” into the mix,what a shame.

      • brussellky

        That does not make sense in this case as Collateral Kitten was the morning line favorite. You bring in a ringer as a replacement for a medium or long odds horse, not the favorite. I actually won on this race because I thought the real Collateral Kitten stood out on form.

        • Cuffdaddy

          It makes perfect sense!

          Your example is a best case scenario on a one time fix. Just because Collatetal Kitten was the ML favorite and in your opinion stood out on form does not guarantee a win but Onemorefastchance was ready and able.

          I understand your point but mine is: This is not the first time it is the second time that the public knows about. It is a very subtle fix with numerous outs for Broberg, one like you referrenced that make it appear to be a honest mistake.

          Sharp, small scam tactics add up to big profits. Thanks for your reply Brussellky

          • brussellky

            Don’t you think a one time fix on an 8-1 shot would be much easier to pull off than 7 fixes on 6-5 shots to make the same amount of money?

          • Cuffdaddy

            Sure, I think that but also believe this is not a one time deal.

            Believe large bets are made offshore and with local bookmakers along with smaller wagers made on track.

            6/5 on your money this time, but what about the times we do not know about. Many situations fall under the “fix” category and I am sure they are not all horse switching.

            Bottom line where else can you make 6/5 in less than 2 minutes on your money guaranteed or at least with a extemely high probability of success.

          • brussellky

            If they are smart enough to get by with this many times (you mention the times we don’t know about) then they are not dumb enough to EVER take this risk for 6-5 or to bet even a quarter on track (and affect the price). You can’t have it both ways in my opinion.

    • lastromntribune

      twice this happened….unless your a rube or very green this does not happen twice.

    • Lina_TX

      So how about you check the gender of the horse AND the tattoo? And maybe the description of the horse?

      Yes, there is such a thing as “an honest mistake”, but you know, those only occur as singular. When they occur more than once they deserve much closer scrutiny.

      One can’t help but wonder whether the mistake would have been caught before the race had the regular identifier been working that day.

  • Quartermile

    You’ll are very quick to judge. Ever heard of an honest mistake? Why dont yall go check horses lips, than come back from out behind you computers/phones and stop judging or making up conspiracies.

    • Tango F

      Hey, Quartermile …. can you tell the difference between a gelding and a mare?

      • David Burris

        Last time I looked the lip tattoo was at the front of the horse not the back. I think people who work in the industry can but it you aren’t looking at that particular part of the horse you won’t notice. People make mistakes. Those involved who work at the track have been suspended and Broberg has probably taken steps to prerace procedures to have this not happen. Let’s just move along.

        • Plus even a stallion will “tuck up” the “tools” and as strange as it sounds the parts can be missed in a quick look unless you put your head down there
          and tatos are easy to missread
          with all the activity. Not making excuses but stating that for most it aperars such a simple thing when its not all that simple

        • Tango F

          Oh, I see … move along. Nothing to see here ….

          • David Burris

            This has happened before and will happen again using the current lip tattoo method of identifying horses and having those pesky imperfect humans running the sport. Running the wrong horse has been going on for decades.

        • Ralphael

          This is not an isolated incident for KB…………repeat offender plus ++++

      • lastromantribune

        lmao maybe when they try to catch a urine sample ?

      • Lehane

        And one horse had a star and the other horse had no head markings.

    • Birdy2

      Hmmmm… mistakes? Okay… my marital miscalculations — yep, mistakes. Tried to dye my hair red, ended up looking like a tiny Ronald McDonald in chaps — definitely a mistake. Flying to NYC with my hard-drinking Junior League cousin from Alabama to see the Broadway show “Cats” — biggest mistake of my life. But mistaking a mare for a gelding? Nope. Never.

    • JamagotasueU

      No mistake, don’t try to tell people that the groom don’t know his horses, there is no way in hell the groom would “take” the wrong horse out of it’s stall and get it ready for racing.

  • billy

    Who if anyone is in charge with the oversight of the racing commissions in states such as this and in pa they seem to have the same issues…..serious question is it just the state government as a whole or does the racing commission have no one to answer too

    • Old Horse

      “Maybe” the Attorney General needs to look into this matter…

  • Kevin Callinan

    We have cars that drive themselves and drones that can fire a laser but we are still relying on lip tattoos to identify a horse.

    • Brian

      As of last year all horses are chipped so in a few years no, we will not be using lip tattoos.

      • Shea Stuart

        Honestly the tattoo is probably the safest possible means of identification. Chips could be replaced or reprogrammed way easier than an actual tattoo being changed.

        • Tango F

          Well how many horses of DIFFERENT GENDERS are able to “slip” by an identifier?
          This case is rather egregious, and somewhat laughable.

          • Shea Stuart

            It’s a horrible situation, mistakes were made by a bunch of different people. It is extremely laughable. I just think they should address it and fix the problem ASAP for the sake of the horsemen and gamblers.

          • Olebobbowers

            You are correct about it being laughable, Tango F. Here it is almost a month after the offense, and I’m laughing harder than I did when I used to watch Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis movies…lolololololol

        • Denise Steffanus

          Not true.

          • Bradly

            Who are you talking to?

        • ben

          Chips have been replaced in our country. Not in racing, but because of horse slaughter regulations.

          • Always Curious

            TB racehorses must now have a chip to have a named foal at the Jockey Club. This has nothing to do with slaughter, just JC rules & misidentified horses. This will a wonderful tool in identifying horses to rescue from slaughter. Also trainers, owners who illegally dispose of TBs can be held responsible. Can’t we just pass a law preventing all chipped horses from being sold & transported into another country. They all have drugs in them and are not fit for human consumption.

          • Bradly

            Your on the wrong conversion lady

        • Always Curious

          Tattoos fade and you can’t read them. They don’t have a history of the horse. People that rescue horses from the auctions try to identify them, try to buy them and backtrack their history if even possible. The chip is really necessary. “Ringers” have been around racing hundreds of years. That is how we got to using tattoos.

          • Raymond S. Tucker

            Then get the horse re tattooed if it cannot be read!

          • Bradly

            Pretty simple isn’t it?

      • MidwayLady

        To be accurate, it wasn’t mandatory until this year. Voluntary last year.

        • Todays_Tom_Sawyer

          Thanks for the clarification!!

    • Always Curious

      The Jockey Club moves about as slow as molasses in January.

  • Chris positive

    Really people? How long have you been in racing? First of all, Mr. Cathey has to answer to 9 racing commission board members, appointed by the governor. I’m sure that he’s been told not say one word to the media and sorry Ray, especially guys like you before having it approved by every commissioner. Did you ever Follow through to check and see if the man whose integrity and career you’re lodging these absurd accusations towards may have had a very legitimate and sad reason for not returning mr Paulicks calls promptly? For your information Ray, he lost a very beloved family member. But all you spout is “conspiracy”. I’m not sure what conspiracy you’re trying to generate, but give me a break. And Clinton Stuart! seriously, as a horseman I would think you would know what the rules are but that’s a joke! Until the disqualification of the horse why would the second-place horse have to lose a condition. Let’s say the stewards didn’t disqualify the horse? Then what, genius? I had no idea you were Nostradamus. Maybe you need to pick your own winner within your stable instead of being the Almighty!

    • Shea Stuart

      I don’t know who you are, or what your problem is, but I think you are extremely wrong. Clinton is my father, and he has been racing in Oklahoma since parimutuel wagering was legalized. Not only is my dad a trainer, he is an owner/breeder and he was also a board member on the HBPA for a number of years. He fought to protect the local breeders and owners.
      He has a lot of money tied up in this game, and I highly doubt you could say the same.
      I don’t care if a ruling has been made or not, but there is absolutely NOWAY the purse distribution should be held up. When a wrong horse races, they have no claim to any of the purse, period. If it takes awhile to come up with a ruling for punishment to the connections, I understand that, but they should not punish the other horsemen for having to run against a horse who isn’t eligible for that race. Other horses were excluded, so a horse that had no business running could run in the same race that he shouldn’t technically eligible to run. Luckily that horse didn’t win in his subsequent race, or he will get paid to win a NW2 race twice, and that’s not fair to the other horsemen/owners…..
      What don’t you understand about that?
      I don’t see why it takes a hearing to disqualify a horse who wasn’t even supposed to have run in the race.
      All he’s doing is asking the commission to do the right thing,…. what’s the big deal?

  • Jon

    Thank you Ray! Seven days if with no pay that’s a start. We have to keep fighting for this sport! Jon

  • Michael Castellano

    Why is the track not liable for the amounts that should have been paid out to the real winners of all the pools since the winner was a ringer? That would be the 2nd, third, and fourth place finishers. Since it may not be possible to reimburse to the actual betters, why do they not at least pay the money back via fattening the pools for subsequent races?

    • randy

      in this case the winner even though it was the wrong horse was the betting favorite.

  • David Worley

    Ray, you are truly at your best with investigative reporting. Time and again you nail it. This is another case of your excellence on display.

  • Chris positive

    The commission is doing the right thing, it’s called following the law of due process, even for Mr Broberg. No matter what my opionion or what your opionion is, that’s the law. We all know the horse should/will be disqualified, but until then,the second place winner is free to run under the conditions he’s CURRENTLY eligible for and not on the “what if”.

    • Shea Stuart

      There is no what if, the only “what if” about he situation would be “what if nothing changes.” We all know that’s not happening. This has nothing to do with “due process.” This incident didn’t “allegedly” happen, it straight up happened. People who wagered their money on a sham race have no “due process.” You don’t get to win a race in which the horse that won, wasn’t even entered. When a horse gets disqualified for interference, there isn’t “due process”. The horse was identified wrongly, and caught in the test barn. Disqualified, end of story. If it takes it over a month to issue a ruling on this, and redistribute the money, that is not fair to the other horsemen involved.

      • Todays_Tom_Sawyer

        I would love to see horsemen band together to force change within the tracks, as well as the handling of the Broberg-type barns.

    • Ralphael

      No….the horse in question should have along with the trainer been suspended immediately and neither of them allowed to race until a proper & fair determination is made……or maybe the public doesn’t matter anymore.

    • Old Horse

      The Oklahoma Racing Commission is not following the law of due process–it doesn’t follow or enforce any laws and basically makes them up as they go, depending upon who’s involved. You aren’t going to see any stiff penalties imposed upon Karl Broberg or Scott Young or any other ringer runners. It’s OKLAHOMA!!!

  • MR.DR.

    Everything is “fixed”……..this website is a joke……you all go crazy over everything…..you all think penn racing is fixed……why dont you find another sport?………..any slight overage of meds that dont matter…you say it is “crooks”……….any mistake made which everyone knows was a mistake, not a “fix”……..you call people crooks……..
    I’m a pro handicapper/owner/horseman………its so easy to beat you all because you people have zero common sense……you go on the wrong things…….you worry about “fixing”……”crooks”……?

  • MR.DR.

    Oh!!!!”its RAY PAULICK?”…….”THE” Ray Paulick?……..”let me drop everything!”

  • Tango F

    “… Myself and staff members understand we are charged with protecting the public…”
    Do they not have a grammar check on their “Word” application?
    Thanks, Ray, for being a journalist and persevering. We appreciate your efforts.

  • Chris positive

    So let me get this straight, you want to preach about the sham race that people wagered on. Are you the Robin Hood of racing? Because if my memory serves me right your father got a methocarbamol positive at Sam Houston and was suspended for 15 days, what about the patrons that were shammed there? Sounds to me like you’re part of the same hypocrisy, Mr. Stewerd!

    • Shea Stuart

      Part of the hypocrisy? Are you crazy? No idea where you get this Robin Hood crap. The betting public and the horsemen want answers for this debacle which is blenishing the game. Also my dad didn’t say anything about any kind of punishment being doled out, he’s just curious as to why the horse hasn’t been officially disqualified yet, because it’s affecting the races. Do you own any racehorses? Do you pay the bills? Would you want to run against wrong horses, and horses not eligible to be in races?
      Maybe you can quit namecalling and actually understand why people are upset.

  • Manefan

    Take Ray Paulick for a fool? I don’t think so. You have a large audience and you’re credible. More than likely, they were stuttering, scrambling and shuffling blame once you were on the trail. Ineptness on their part is more likely the cause.

  • Brent T

    How many of you think Karl B. is reading every comment here, just wishing this thread would go away, or wishing he could reply without getting an onslaught of questions that he wouldn’t dare answer.

    • Flintstone

      I visit this site daily and read most of the stories and the comments that follow and so I recognize the screen names of most commenters. Until now. Seems like a few people I have never heard of posting long threads just trying to push some self-serving agenda. Deflecting blame and asserting that two wrongs makes a right.

    • billy

      Gotta have guts to stand up in unfriendly circumstance that’s for sure and I don’t see him posting…..

    • Todays_Tom_Sawyer

      I wish he cared enough to change his tactics. In addition to suspending two employees for a week with no pay, they should also punich Broberg. No need for identifiers if the right horses are brought to the paddock. Twice at that. Shame on you, Broberg.

      • Manefan

        “No need for identifiers if the right horses are brought to the paddock.” Right on.

    • Raycing W

      He is…he tries to spread disinformation by using an alias (or two)…Jon IS KB so is Chris Positive. If you know him well, it is very clear when he posts.

      • Bradly

        So is Raphael

    • Eric

      He did reply, immediately, when this first was reported (on another PR article). He owned it, and acknowledged that he was “ashamed” by it. Anyone in this situation would not be thrilled about the attention that this is getting, or the questions that people have.

      What exactly do you want him to say beyond what he said?

      • Olebobbowers

        Wonder if he was ashamed enough to donate any winnings to the Disabled Jockey Fund?

    • Lehane

      Oh, he’s that precious…..?

    • You get your wish. This thread is not going to alter my life in anyway whatsoever(the shame of the mistake will be there regardless). We have worked to make sure nothing like this ever happens again and have sought to immediately have the horses disqualified in an effort to be fair to all parties involved. Anyone that has an opportunity to be a bridgejumper can go all in and rest assured a mistake of that magnitude will never happen again in our barn. Unfortunately an error of this sort is a rare occurrence and a standard protocol which would be in place if it were a therapeutic medication overage doesn’t apply.

      • Ralphael

        Nice reply….nice excuse……and making promises that you nor anyone can state will never happen again is as assuring as your past record and the false stories about the identifier not working & being replaced by a steward who we all know …knows how things are supposed to be done……………..this story is not going to end the way you are hoping KB……you can bet on that.

        • gus stewart

          Yes the identifier being changed on that day makes this seem like the individuals were aware of the oppourtunity. I dont know if broberg or a backside person got the idea but it doesnt look good

          • Jon

            Funny thing is it was a steward. You think the steward would know what they were doing. Crazy.

      • PaulieWalnuts

        Mr. Broberg,
        I truly am an optimist, I would like to believe this was an honest mistake.
        My MAIN concern involves OHRC and their silence in regards to the incident.
        Have you been contacted at all by OHRC or RP? Also, have you been requested to submit your wagering records for review?

        • Bradly

          You are Broberg dipshit

  • McGov

    “Cathey replied that the investigation into the Sept. 16 incident uncovered a Sept. 4 misidentification involving the same two horses (as reported in Paulick Report)“
    UNBELIEVABLE. This happened TWICE WITH THE SAME HORSES. How on earth

    • Old Horse

      Mr. McGov, Mr. Paulick and everyone, welcome to the world or “horse racing in Oklahoma.” One gets quite an education trying to race horses there. Just as the outlaws of yesteryear–I’m sure you’ve all heard of Pretty Boy Floyd and many others–came to the state to hide out, so do many trainers who are forced to leave other tracks due to infractions. Those guys are always welcome in Oklahoma, esp if they bring a slew of horses with them–they take priority, being granted all the stalls they want while local horsemen are turned away repeatedly. The racing secretary(in which Kelly Cathey filled that capacity for many years at Oklahoma tracks)isn’t interested in those trainers’ backgrounds. The OHRC would issue their licenses regardless. Kelly Cathey would welcome them with open arms and immediately fill the condition books with their requests, while again, the local horsemen were denied. Cathey was not suited as a racing secretary, failing miserably at that job and so was promoted by the OHRC as executive director. Pretty much self explanatory as to the condition of the governing body of horse racing in Oklahoma. That swamp is also in desperate need of draining. IF you go to Oklahoma to run horses and bring any integrity with you, you’ll soon fall into the quicksand of Oklahoma racing, never to be seen again. It just swallows up all the decent owners and trainers and they disappear. Yes, it is UNBELIEVABLE. Mr. Broberg LOVES it there….

      • McGov

        If only there was one set of rules across the nation……one body responsible for accountability……

      • Manefan

        Yikes! Troubling to read in so many ways. A vision of a degenerate operation. Makes me wonder why anyone with a reputation of any size to defend, would want to be associated with it. My concern always tends to go for the horses first. They have no choice.

      • Lisa Johnson

        In regards to ‘local horseman’ at EVERY racetrack, (and certainly NOT in defense of KB in any way, shape, or form) merely living and or operating near a track does not automatically get you stalls! You have to be the one at the entry box, you have to be armed with a slew of horses ready to run and you get ‘preference’ of a sort. I don’t care if you’ve got a barn, racetrack, hot walker or exerciser at home–you cannot use a track as a training facility and just because you’re in the same zip code, expect to be granted live stalls. It doesn’t matter if you were leading trainer back in ’00, it’s what you have in your barn TODAY. A guy with 40+ head of horses that is competitive and a guy with 40 head who is getting horses ready is NOT the same. You don’t have to dislike someone for this to be true. When you can no longer be productive at the entries, then you don’t get priority stabling. In some ways, I yearn for the old days when there were overfilling races and nobody could get in, but old Joe and Betty had one or two they’d haul around and eke out a “living” along with the name trainers. Joe and Betty can’t get stalls now. But they can haul in. That’s just the way it is.

  • Todays_Tom_Sawyer

    I’m curious what action was taken against Broberg. He has a history of “egregious’ mistakes. I understand it is the responsibility of the identifier as the last result, but why is Broberg not being held accountable for sending the wrong horse…twice. Until we hold barns like Broberg accountable for their actions, the horsemen who follow the rules will be the ones punished. By turning a blind eye to the “big” barns, a true injustice is being done to the industry.

    • Bradly

      Amen

  • Larry sterne

    Bryan, I just chipped a TB foal and procedure still voluntary

    • For foals of 2017 and following, the Jockey Club requires microchipping.

      • Larry sterne

        U only have to state that it was chipped you can say it but there is no over site of the procedure and then their is always the chance the chip may migrate to other areas per my vet.

        • MidwayLady

          You have to supply the microchip number when you submit the registration application.

  • Larry sterne

    Kelley’s management now no better than when he was at Will Rogers Downs Sad, sad, sad.

  • lastromntribune

    Oklahoma Horse Racing …..where we use the 3 stooges to identify the horses…. trainer/groom/ track identifier ……someone please keep the game I love from destroying itself.

  • Choyawon

    Ray, your inquiry should have been treated as a Freedom Of Information request and answered with the utmost urgency and complete truthfulness. That didn’t happen. I was surprised that as a journalist, you identified your original source, the breeder of Onelastfastdance.

    • RayPaulick

      I don’t reveal sources without their agreement. In this case Mr. Lowder made it clear that he was happy to be identified as the person who saw the misidentification.

  • whirlaway

    No person involved could tell a mare from a gelding I could keep that straight at age 8 and being the child of a horse fan and handicapper I even knew what a gelding was. Basic horse
    anatomy. Keep up the good work Ray, appreciated.

  • gus stewart

    Since, the drf no longer really wants to hear public opinion, and most racing board meeting just continue to chirp to each other and say hi joe hi sam hi tom at the coffee and danish table and dont listen to the publics take on improving racing, maybe the paulick report will grow to be the only open honest,which it currently is, place to get the truth about the industry. Then the public who participate in sport will continue to remove tracks from their weekly consideration in gambling at those facilities. Great job Ray, so few in all media forms, go after the truth, then call them out for explanations and more information and not allow the words of bs most have been trained to do to just dumb down the public.

  • Kevin M.

    If you can’t tell a Horse from a Mare. Time to get a new job. All horses should be chipped by now…

  • ben

    As usual you hit the bullseye. Ray.

  • Scoot

    Competence, accountability and transparency with the horse racing commission…thats a pipe dream. Thanks again for trying Ray.

  • Silverfoxthree

    If reporting is accurate this is extremely alarming. Basic accountability and full disclosure is all that would be required here. If a coverup you may as well shut the place down. Hope you follow up.

  • Chris

    Remington Park is literally 10 minutes from my house. I used to have a box and spent a lot of time there. Now I maybe bet half a dozen local races a year.

  • RayPaulick

    Not even in the same time zone.

    • Raycing W

      means nothing…I’m guessing my ip is now different than from my earlier post. Proxy servers are everywhere. Whether I like him or not, he isn’t stupid. Don’t you think it strange these “new” mystery posters only show up on kb stories?

  • gus stewart

    lets let the chips fall where they may, its all questionable, but the real beauty of this possible set up is the usual horse identifier was not working, now that’s timing!!!!

  • Thomas Jareczek

    Equibase shows Collateral Kitten is still credited for the win and purse money. What gives? I hope the owner never runs into an audit. I wonder what the Tax Man would say about the explanation.

  • MR.DR.

    you

  • Ralphael

    Since this involves the wagers from out of state we can assume that this needs to get investigated by the FBI as well as US Postal Inspectors. Horseman are at the mercy of the racing commission & track owners & understandably are afraid of being ostracised.
    Glad that you ….Paulick Repport is pushing for the truth……great reporting.

  • Ralphael

    …Who saddled the ringer ?

    If it was KB then there is a big big problem that won’t fit under the carpet.

  • Joey Seay

    Maybe this happens when you ship in unnamed, un tattooed, 2 year olds and everyone has months to figure it out. In this situation Im about 100 percent sure that the groom, owner, trainer, foreman, assistants or hotwalker didnt all just fail to recognize that they were running the wrong horse…… Twice… You really expect anyone to believe that? Maybe law enforcement should be involved because alot of people were defrauded out of money, and Id be curious to see how much folks associated with the Broberg Barn, profitted from this at the window..

    • Todays_Tom_Sawyer

      Absolutely agree. Follow the money. Get the FBI involved in these “egregious” acts, and they will surprisingly stop happening. They happen today because someone profits off of it. It needs to stop, whether the industry self-monitors, or the FBI gets involved.

    • brussellky

      Your last sentence is what makes this so puzzling. The winner only paid 6-5. Broberg doesn’t have to run the wrong horse to have a 6-5 shot he can gamble on with confidence. Further, anyone interested in cashing with the wrong horse would do it in a dirt race as turf racing is much more trip dependent.

      • Joey Seay

        Its pretty fishy.. Haha… Lasix vet, state vet, horse identifier, owner, trainer, assistant, foreman, groom, and hotwalkers all missed this on two occasions.. And they pull the chain on the two horse identifiers? Mmmmmmmmmmm…

        • brussellky

          I don’t think the vets check but it is still fishy obviously. However, I can’t get past the fact that you don’t run ringers in place of morning line favorites, you run ringers in place of long shots. As I mentioned to someone else, I actually won on this race because I thought the real Collateral Kitten stood out on form. I am inclined to think this is gross incompetence as opposed to larceny.

          • Joey Seay

            The state vet has a stable employee jog race day horses up and down the shedrow.. First thing they do is match the tattoo with their identification papwerwork. This is a standard practice for every racehorse on race day, in every state Ive worked in..

          • Bradly

            No the groom jogs the horse

          • Bradly

            Just because a stable employee jogs the horse and the vet checks his tattoo doesn’t mean that is the horse they bring to run

  • Somebody is watching

    Why Ray are you coming down on them so hard but you choose to say nothing about Robbie Junk Missing the same horse Twice at Canterberry

  • Joey Seay

    So my question is… Was this horse running on lasix? If so the vet would have checked the tattoo.. A tag would be placed on the stall.. A state vet would have done a welfare check before the race… A tattoo would be checked. If both of these precautions were performed as legally required, then there are ZERO chances that this was done accidentally..

    • Todays_Tom_Sawyer

      Correct. Which makes all this finger pointing ridiculous…..responsibility starts and ends with the barn.

    • Bradly

      You are wrong

      • Joey Seay

        No… Ivd been through the process in 6 different states now.. Ive actually held the lip up so the state vet can ✔ the tattoo.. Then jog them up and down the shedrow.. Its part of the pre race process..

        • Bradly

          I’m sorry what I meant was that you were wrong when you said that there was 0 chance of it happening if the state vet did his morning inspection. I certainly didn’t mean that you were wrong about the safety procedures performed by the state

  • PaulieWalnuts

    OK has just been added to my lifetime suspension list in regards to betting thoroughbreds.
    The fact that OHRC and/or Remington Park has not made a public comment in regards to this incident makes us assume that they’re trying to sweep this under the rug and make it go away.
    Most States will at least employ an independent monitoring Company to review wagering patterns on the race. Absent any mea culpa and results of wagering analysis we are led to believe that they just don’t care, they just want to keep those slot machines plugged in.

  • Monrovia Damon

    Whenever someone says “I take full responsibility for…” that usually means they’re placing the blame on some other poor sap

  • El Espresso

    Ray !! Keep up the good work !! One can argue all the particulars about this incident but the way the OKRC has handled this simply highlights the good ol’ boy mentality that exists. The rules should applied to all equally and without prejudice. That doesn’t happen in OK racing. Especially when one or two of their own are the culprits… as inThis case…. Broberg can be blamed as well but the line of defense to protect the public against “mistakes” was a pathetic failure

  • Ralphael

    There was a major failure at the test barn as well where they are supposed to check the tattoo for confirmation of identity. There have been past reported switching of horses after a race 7 before going to the test barn……that is why soe jurisdictions have a commission employee follow the winners et al back to to testing area……but these people can be bought / bribed….unfortunately.
    The paddock identifier is supposed to check markings in addition to the tattoo.

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