I'll spare the trainer deets. We've seen that movie before. But this was shocking.
- The Robertson indictment alleges that Robertson, in exchange for cash given to him by trainers known and unknown to the grand jury, would provide false workout times to racing officials and to Equibase. The times Robertson turned in allegedly, at times, included completely fabricated time for horses that did not workout at all at the track. The indictment alleges Robertson profited personally from the scheme, the betting public was defrauded and Robertson’s employer, Hollywood Casino and Racetrack, was denied of its right to Robertson’s honest services.
Not only do we have to beat some of the highest takeout rates on the planet in Pennsylvania, we have to beat falsified information too?
This story is likely to get a lot of play. Paulick and Matt Hegarty will be on it.
In other news, Finley reported on the safety of the track at Chester. Draw your own conclusions.
I know it was hyperbolic over the last several years to write or say that Pennsylvania horse racing needed to be dismantled and rebuilt from scratch again. But sometimes the hyperbolic is the truth. It will be interesting to see if this is a blip, and things will go back to business as usual to take advantage of the slot money until it runs out, or if this is the beginning of the end of the way racing is put on in the Keystone State. As someone who likes this sport, I hope it's the latter.