Report: Illegal Horse Racing ‘Flourishing’ In Colorado

by | 05.18.2017 | 4:32pm

On Easter Sunday, several hundred people of all ages gathered at the Deer Trail Rodeo grounds in Arapahoe County, Colorado. Instead of a rodeo, however, the crowd packed the stands for a ‘day at the races.'  Held that afternoon were 10 quarter horse races, run on a dirt track.

Denver's KDVR-Fox 31 reports that unsanctioned horse racing appears to be booming in Colorado, with little being done to stop it. The station's investigative reporters recently acquired hidden-camera footage of the races held at the rodeo grounds, and the illegal gambling that went along with it.

Also caught on tape were instances of horses being injected with an unknown substance prior to racing. A used needle and syringe, with a trace of a brown liquid still remaining, were recovered by spectators and given to the station, which then sent it out for testing.

The lab discovered three separate drugs, and was able to identify two of them – “a combination of caffeine and an equine anti-inflammatory/painkiller Flunixin.” According to the lab results, the third compound “could not be verified in any mass spectral data base.”


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