UPDATE — Oct 11, 2019: Hey y’all. I have been scrambling to find out what happened to all those horses they were racing illegally up in Parker County, Texas (that’s near Fort Worth) talked about in the reports below we posted the other day.
I figured they were Quarter Horses and I was right. Hard not to be. There’s way, way more QH’s than TB’s for sure around here.
Anyway, I was told by the Sheriff’s Office that most of the horses were returned to their owners. I don’t know what to make of that, do you? So I asked if they were using stolen horses, or off the track horses then? Or something else? I got put on hold and then told to call back. I haven’t been able to get through but will keep trying. I want to know where those horses came from, and where they ended up.
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October 7, 2019
Dallas Morning News reports:
Ten people were arrested Sunday at an illegal horse-racing track in Parker County, authorities said.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, Parker County Sheriff’s Department and several other agencies took part in the operation at the “brush track” in the 1300 block of Walnut Creek Drive in Springtown.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a statement that more than 1,000 people attended Sunday’s event, in which dozens of horses raced illegally. Most of the horses and their jockeys were racing twice in the same weekend, in violation of the Texas Racing Act, Fowler said.
Sherrif Says Drugs, Shocking Devices Used
Scott Gordon, reporting for NBC News Dallas Fort-Worth, writes:
Large syringes, drug paraphernalia and shocking devices were found at the track, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said. “Some of the syringes were empty and others were full,” Fowler said, explaining the drugs and shocking devices were likely used to push the horses to race faster.
Yesenia Garza, 41, of Arlington, owns the property and headed the operation, Fowler said, adding that Garza charged spectators $30 each to attend.
Dallas Morning News also reported:
In a bust that followed several weeks of investigation, authorities seized shocking devices, as well as drug paraphernalia and large syringes, which were being tested for illegal performance-enhancing substances.
Such substances allow horses “to be pushed to the limits under a race, but can cause serious health conditions and even result in the death of a horse,” Fowler said in a statement.
I wonder if any of these guys and gals work for licensed horse racing.
In the meantime, um, heads up “legal” horse racing (such as you are). Sheriff Fowler clearly sees doping racehorses is no good for them, and can kill them. Why don’t you “get it”? Oh, wait. You don’t care.