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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, May 19, 2021 – According to HorseRaceInsider sources, the two horses which trainer Linda Rice entered to race at Finger Lakes Racetrack this afternoon will be permitted to do so.

Wardenofthenorth, listed at 6-1, leaves from the rail in Race 7 with Rice named as owner, and Him She Kisses is the 3-1 early line favorite in the eighth race. Oscar Gomez is named to ride both horses.

It appears language inside the ruling which revoked Rice’s license for three years and $50,000 announced by the New York Gaming Commission Monday left an opening for interpretation as to whether the ban will be enforced at other tracks the source said, who had no knowledge that the decision is not in effect until the order relating to the investigation, subject to appeal, has been served.

Consequently, Rice might not be barred from entering horses at venues outside New York Racing. Rice was cited for gaining continual improper access to race entries through bribes distributed to NYRA racing personnel.

As of 12:04 p.m., neither horse has been ordered scratched. Stay tuned.

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  1. Lol they both ran (one finished 6th and the other finished last of 10 as the favorite).

    Isn’t it usually pretty standard that other jurisdictions reciprocate when it comes to license revocations? Why can’t Rick Dutrow set up shop somewhere else 8 and a half years later, but Rice can do so 2 days later?

    1. Says more about the way racing is regulated than it does about either Dutrow or Rice. This game never fails to impress, or disappoint…

  2. Like I had mentioned a few days back,smart people know how to circumvent laws/ regulations but she would have to pick which Allowance races would be available. Don’t think that she would have enough cheapy claimers to keep her stable connections satisfied. Some would/ will have to switch trainers. Idle horses sitting in stables don’t make $$!

  3. Can’t say for sure but Rice entries were probable made before ruling came down and, perhaps, rather than make a statement, the track decided it would be best to allow both horses to run and avoid any possible legal entanglements to follow …

    1. Her former assistant during the dates of her accused infractions is now a steward representing The Jockey Club at Finger Lakes not saying that has anything to do with but seems odd.

      1. I know both Samantha and Josie, both of Linda’s long-time assistants, and WI will vouch for the integrity of both; smart, capable and above board on every level.

        Besides, this wasn’t a drug infraction but rather a unilateral act, something outside the regulatory and administrative lines.

  4. I owned 9 horses with Linda. She always bragged about inside info from the racing office and it always seemed odd to me. She cheated, got caught and karma comes around for her sadly

    1. Well, if this is fact, Emma, then it would appear that the penalty was not too harsh and many readers have opined. And, of course, the information that was released along with the ruling might have have uncovered all the evidence for public consumption. Either way, it sad; Linda is an excellent second generation horsewoman…

  5. Really three years and she did not fix any races, this is beyond crazy, so what if she knows who is running you can look up any horse’s past performance so how would knowing change the outcome? But nothing for felons who commit fraud in a race, I do not understand this maybe someone can explain. Thanks Kat

  6. Hey Kat, you can refer to Emma Vee’s answer above for added context.

    As to how it changes the result? You have past performances which others do not, obtained counter to racing rules and regulations, you enter races against inferior horses, stay out of those that do, effecting race dynamics at the least which most often dictates results.

    Then there is federal law that forbids “tampering with a sporting event.” My guess is that this offense reaches that bar. But I do agree that this pales to slaps on the wrist given high profile drug-rules violators. We don’t know what we don’t know. We’ll see how she does on appeal.

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