Dr. Scott Palmer's presentation before the RCI Equine Welfare and Anti-Doping Conference
on identifying the "at risk" horse.
Three Louisiana Jockeys Arrested in Horse Racing Investigation
Opelousas, LA- Following an extensive investigation initiated by the Louisiana Racing Commission,three Louisiana horse jockeys have been arrested and charged for their roles in an alleged race fixing scheme. As a result of the joint investigation with the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division, Troopers arrested 46 year old Joseph Patin Jr. of Opelousas, 51 year old Billy Patin of Opelousas, and 24 year old LeSean Conyers of Lafayette on charges of Willful Pulling of the Reins and Cheating and Swindling.
The arrests stem from an investigation into a observations by the Louisiana Racing Commission that during a race at the Evangeline Downs Race Track and Casino on June 19th, 2015, the three suspects engaged in questionable riding tactics that affected the outcome of the race. Through interviews and evidence obtained from track officials, it was determined the jockeys willfully schemed to hold back a horse picked as a favorite to win while utilizing an agent to place unusual bets in an attempt to maximize winnings.
Additionally, both Joseph Patin, Jr. and Billy Patin were arrested on warrants for the Unnatural Stimulation of Horses (possession of electronic shocking device). Evidence in two separate races on July 4, 2015 revealed that the jockeys possessed hand held shocking devices while competing in races at the Evangeline Downs Race Track and Casino.
RCI President Ed Martin noted that "this is yet another example of the successful working and complimentary relationships state racing commissions enjoy with non-racing law enforcement agencies that all too often go unrecognized by those involved in the racing industry."
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