AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Officials have set a hearing for Friday to discuss a Nov. 4 race in which a male horse ran in place of a female.
Ohio State Racing Commissioner Mark Munroe confirmed to WKBN that the hearing will take place at 11 a.m. at the Hollywood Gaming Racino’s lower grandstand.
A horse listed as Ruby Queen, a 3-year-old female, won the race despite being a 99-to-1 long shot. 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.
Three track stewards, or judges, will hold Friday’s hearing, which will be open to the public.
One steward is employed by Ohio State Racing Commission, while two are employed by Penn National Gaming, the company that operates the racino.
The hearing will include a jockey and track officials to see what happened. If the hearing finds evidence of wrongdoing, they will then pass it along to the Ohio State Racing Commission.