Equibase ‘Investigating’ Incident In Which Horse Reported Scratched Won At Thistledown

Tuesday’s first race at Thistledown in North Randall, Ohio, was won by a horse named Chargedwith Intent. Part of a two-horse entry in the race, Chargedwith Intent had been reported scratched prior to the running of the race on Equibase, while his stablemate Swift Punch had been reported as running. Both horses are trained by Robert Gorham.

Instead, Swift Punch did not appear in the starting gate, and Chargedwith Intent went on to win the race. The race was off at 12:55 p.m. Eastern, and Equibase did not correct the error until after the race had been run, at 1:06 p.m.

“Equibase is aware of the matter involving the first race at [Thistledown] racetrack today,” Equibase said in a statement on social media. “We have been in contact with our limited partner, [Thistledown racetrack], and are currently investigating the matter.”

On the official chart, Swift Punch is listed a scratch by his trainer.

Pat Cummings, executive director of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, posted on Twitter a letter he sent to the Ohio Racing Commission requesting an investigation of the error.

“At best, this is a mistake, perhaps by the track, or recipients of information from the track or its vendors,” Cummings wrote. “At worst, something potentially nefarious occurred. It is impossible for customers who wagered more than $128,000 on bets within and connected to this race to know for certain what occurred, but they have been aggrieved by this incident.”

The following letter (see images with letter and attachments) has been sent to the Ohio State Racing Commission and @Equibase following today’s first race incident. We will advise if we hear anything from the regulators of racing and wagering in the state. #IntegrityNOW pic.twitter.com/wcSZJ32UzT

— Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (@racingideas) June 23, 2020

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