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Race fixing scandal looms in England; American jockey sues over ban

Opponents of exchange wagering in the United States got some new ammunition to support their position via press reports in England that five jockeys are under investigation for advising a gang of internet gamblers to bet on their horses to lose. According to reports, jockeys received 5,000 British pounds every time their horse would not […]

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TOTE FAILURES: WHERE IS PLAN B?

By Ray PaulickFor the second time in five days, wagering on a horse race at an American racetrack was allowed to continue until after the contest had been run. The latest incident, which involved Wednesday night’s second race at Penn National in Pennsylvania, came on the heels of a tote system failure at Hollywood Park […]

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INDICTMENT: VALDES THREW RACES, BRIBED OTHER JOCKEYS

  By Ray Paulick Former jockey Ricardo A. Valdes, one of seven riders banned from Tampa Bay Downs in December 2006, was indicted Wednesday along with two Michigan businessmen on 19 federal counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to influence sporting contests by bribery, and unlawful use of a facility in interstate commerce—all […]

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FREE MONEY: PAST-POST BETTING

The fourth race at Philadelphia Park June 28 was just a run-of-the-mill claiming contest until the Scientific Games totalizator system malfunctioned shortly after Magical American crossed the finish line as the winner. The top three finishers (4-2-3) were put on the board, but the problems with the tote delayed Philadelphia Park from making the race official and […]

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