Austintown racino horse gender mixup hearing canceled

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – All parties involved in a dispute over a male horse running a female race at the Austintown Racino earlier in November have waived their right to hearing, leaving the case to the Ohio Racing Commission.

According to Ohio State Racing Commissioner Mark Munroe, the case will now be in the hands of  three track judges, who will finish their investigation and issue a report to the Ohio Racing Commission.

Ohio Racing Commission Executive Director Bill Crawford did not immediately return a call seeking comment to see when that report/finding will be issued.

A horse listed as Ruby Queen, a 3-year-old female, won the Nov. 4 race despite being a 99-to-1 long shot. However, Crawford 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.

One track judge is employed by Ohio State Racing Commission, while two are employed by Penn National Gaming, the company that operates the racino.

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