In NSW, Australia, two men are charged with race fixing and betting corruption with regards to Prussian Secret winning the Tamworth Cup, a race for thoroughbreds. The grounds for the race fixing charges? It is alleged that Prussian Secret was 'drenched' with performance enhancing drugs prior to the race.
This plot was discovered by Strike Force Trentbridge, a group formed to investigate allegations of racing fixing in the Australian state of New South Wales. The Strike Force is a group funded by NSW racing to handle investigation in the 'gallops', standardbreds, and greyhound racing industry and they work with civil authorities.
While I can't speak about greyhounds, administering illegal medication is done in all forms of horse racing; it is part of the human condition. People will try to get an advantage over their opponents, especially when money is involved regardless of the type of sport. It is when money is involved, people tend to notice it more.. .
One has to wonder what would happen if medication violations in North America were treated as criminal offenses instead of administrative violations? Granted, someone merely accused under the trainers responsibility rule would never be convicted as you need to be caught in the act of medicating a horse, but in those cases where someone is caught red-handed, perhaps handing them over to the criminal court is the way to go. The question is would it work here? Would racing appoint its own Strike Force Trenbridge and cover the expense in order to root out cheaters?.
What do you think?