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Ruidoso Refutes All American Allegations

Track issues statement regarding Mr Piloto’s 2010 victory.

June 15, 2012

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Allegations that horses were purposely held at the start of the 2010 All American Futurity (G1) won by Mr Piloto are being refuted by Ruidoso Downs management.

“We have looked at the video tape of the 2010 All American Futurity from every angle many times in recent days and can see no evidence of any horse being held or denied a fair start,” said track general manager Shaun Hubbard.

The charges come from a Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit charging money laundering by members of the notorious Los Zetas drug cartel through Quarter Horse racing. Tremor Enterprises, the owner of Mr Piloto, is alleged to be one of many front organizations used by Los Zetas in the United States.

An affidavit filed in federal court supporting a search warrant stated that two informants said a top leader of Los Zetas bragged that he had paid money for horses to be held at the race’s start. He presumably was watching the race on the Internet in Mexico.

“We can find no evidence that there was any wrongdoing by our starting-gate crew,” Hubbard said. “We also want to make it clear that we have totally cooperated with the FBI in this investigation and will continue to offer our support for this investigation.”

The affidavit also asserts that an informant stated that Mr Piloto was given an illegal performance-enhancing substance 15 days before the All American Futurity.

“Ruidoso Downs totally supports stringent state-of-the-art drug testing and was the driving force to ban Clenbuterol in New Mexico starting with the current racing season at Ruidoso Downs,” said Hubbard. “However, Ruidoso Downs does not control the testing process. Post-race drug testing is the responsibility of the New Mexico Racing Commission, which determines which horses are to submit samples, oversees the collection of samples through its agents and arranges for the testing of those samples at Iowa State University.

“It is customary for the winning horse in the All American Futurity to undergo post-race drug testing through the New Mexico Racing Commission. If there would have been any positive tests for illegal drugs in the All American Futurity, they would have rightfully become public knowledge and subject to New Mexico Racing Commission action.”