- Though he [the judge] accepted the prosecution’s claim that Riesberry attempted to gain advantage by injecting a horse Sept. 28, 2010 with performance-enhancing drugs and intended to do so again Nov. 7, 2010 when he arrived at Windsor Raceway with two fully-loaded syringes and a horse in tow, Rogin couldn’t find that the public was either cheated or defrauded by the action. Drawing on numerous precedents on either side of the border, Rogin essentially ruled bettors are observers not participants in horse races.
I know I am an observer of football games, I like to look at the stars sometimes, I also observe TV shows. When I was younger I observed
But when I bet $400 on a horse race, I sure as hell ain't any observer.
Pari-mutuel horse racing is betting 'amongst ourselves'. It's very similar to the stock market. I wonder if this judge would find a publicly traded company not guilty of fudging the books because investors are simply "observers'?
The next person I meet who isn't dumbfounded by this decision will be the first.