AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An investigation is underway tonight at the Mahoning Valley Race Course because of a race that happened Wednesday night.
The Ohio State Racing Commission confirmed a male horse was running in place of a female horse.
Ruby Queen, a 3-year-old female horse and 99-to-1 long shot, was not expected to win the ninth race at the course Wednesday afternoon. But, she did. Or so it seemed.
However, Bill Crawford with the State Racing Commission said that after the race, the horse went to the test barn and markings found out the horse wasn’t Ruby Queen. Instead, it was a male horse by the name of Leathers Slappin.
“If it happened, it’s something that should not happen,” Penn National Gaming Spokesman Bob Tenenbaum said. “The horse that’s entered is the horse that’s supposed to be running.”
Tenenbaum said there are two investigations going on at the same time: One through Penn National, which owns the race course and accompanying casino, and the other through the Ohio State Racing Commission.
Right now, both are still working on getting proper information.
“We want to make sure we have the facts before we move beyond that,” Tenenbaum said.
Tenenbaum said this is the first time there have been allegations like this at the Mahoning Valley Race Course.
It’s very possible a fine will be given out because of the mishap. The fine could be more than $1,000, and a suspension is also a possibility.