The $27,500 Winnipeg Stakes, which was held as the first race at Assiniboia Downs on July 25, drew a number of complaints about the way it was run, according to thoroughbreddailynews.com. Barry Arnason holds an ownership interest in three of the four horses in the field, across two different partnerships; two of those were put under tight holds from the start of the race, while the third rolled to an easy lead and a 5 3/4-length win as the heavy (1-20) favorite.
One of those restrained horses, Tadaa, who originally finished third, ran three days later to a front-running allowance score by 10 1/2-lengths. She was the 3-5 favorite that day, and was ridden in both starts by jockey Rohan Singh.
No official investigation has been confirmed or denied by Assiniboia stewards, though Singh apparently “volunteered” to give up his license; no explanations are offered in a July 31 stewards' ruling of Singh's license revocation. The jockey has been riding at Louisiana Downs since Aug. 7.
No rulings have been filed regarding Antonio Whitehall, rider aboard the other restrained horse, Amaretto.
Barry Arnason, the owner in question, is the brother of Manitoba Horse Racing Commission chairman Brett Arnason.
“The conflict of interest is eliminated, because any investigation that would go on, I would recuse myself from it,” Brett Arnason told thoroughbreddailynews.com. “[Singh's ride] was one of the worst rides I've ever seen..It was considered an extremely bad ride and poor judgment…. He just decided to pack up and leave rather than have an investigation, so he's gone. There was no real violation, but upon further investigation, if he had stuck around, there might have been a ruling [that stated a specific rules violation].”
Read more at thoroughbreddailynews.com.
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