Thoroughbred trainer Linda Rice is being investigated by the New York State Gaming Commission, reports drf.com, on the claim that she traded money for information from the racing office. That information, such as which horses were likely to enter races before the race had closed, could have given her a competitive advantage.
“I gave Christmas gifts to the gate crew and racing office not for exchange of information,” Rice said.
Rice said she was sent the information via fax or email between 2012 and 2014, but that it was done because NYRA was “hustling races.”
“This was the tactic they chose to try and entice people to enter,” she said.
Jose Morales Jr., an official in the racing office, acknowledged that he provided Rice with the information.
His case is still pending, but Morales has been ruled off the NYRA grounds for “unlawfully accepted bribes for providing confidential information from the InCompass system via email on or about April 2014 through June 2014, to one or more unauthorized persons, including providing entry sheets of horses', past performances for horses entered in particular races before entries closed, prior to the drawing of each race.”
Read more at drf.com.
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