Georgia authorities bust illegal horse racing operation

by | 11.28.2011 | 1:23pm

Some people in Georgia apparently couldn't wait for the state to legalize gambling on horse racing.  Atlanta's WSB-TV reports that authorities busted an illegal horse racing operation in Meriwether County, GA Sunday after they found up to 300 people at a race track with “fencing, a starting gate and professional timekeeping equipment.”

“We received several complaints of this going on for the past few weeks on Sunday afternoon. We began investigating the complaints and immediately uncovered a lot of evidence that led us to executing this search warrant,” Sheriff Steve Whitlock said.

“Inside the racing facility, police found 33 horses, trucks and horse trailers, and concession stands selling beer and liquor, according to deputies.”

“There was an elaborate race track for these horses to run on consisting of fencing, sand and a starting gate, much like the ones you would see at the Kentucky Derby,” Whitlock said.

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