Kentucky Official Says Investigative Staff ‘Spread Too Thin’

by | 05.14.2014 | 6:52pm
Edward S. “Ned” Bonnie

At a recent meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, commission member Edward “Ned” Bonnie raised concerns about the ability of the group's investigative staff to handle its workload. Bonnie noted that with the team working both on the Steve Asmussen investigation stemming from a recent PETA undercover video, he is unconvinced investigators can properly look into the maiden victory of Derby undercard runner Masochistic.

Bonnie voiced concerns that the horse's race at Churchill (which he won by 14 lengths) was a key part of a scheme to take advantage of the big betting pools on Derby day, and wants the commission to look into trainer A.C. Avila's operation. Masochistic had previously finished fifth and been disqualified to eighth in his last start at Santa Anita, and officials there have already ordered an investigation into the incident.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, commission chairman Chris Beck dismissed Bonnie's concerns, saying that he believed the commission has enough investigators to handle its workload.

Read more at the Louisville Courier-Journal

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