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LADBROKE AT THE MEADOWS ISSUES STATEMENT

 LADBROKE AT THE MEADOWS ISSUES STATEMENT
 MEADOW LANDS, Pa., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Ladbroke at The Meadows


announced this afternoon that a track employee and a horse stable were fined and placed on probation for an incident last Tuesday night which resulted in the wrong horse being raced in the 12th race.
 The Vic Moyer Stable was fined $1,250 and placed on one-year probation for bringing the wrong horse to the paddock last Tuesday evening. In addition, a Meadows employee, who is in charge of checking horse identification numbers, was fined $1,000 and placed on one-year probation for failing to detect that the wrong horse was in the paddock.
 Track officials declined to release the name of the emoployee, stating that they considered it an internal disciplinary matter.
 The fines and the probation were issued by the judges at the racetrack, who are employed by the Pennsyslvania Harness Racing Commission. Track spokesman Bob Sabot said that The Meadows was pleased with the decision and felt that the fines were justified.
 "It is clear by the investigation that the unfortunate mix-up was a total and complete accident," Sabot said. "However, we had to treat this as a very serious matter, and appropriate action was taken."
 The mistake allowed Barberry Sam to race last Tuesday night instead of Super Maple, who had been programmed. The confusion occurred when a second trainer for the Vic Moyer stable brought the wrong horse to the paddock and the track employee failed to realize the error when reading the horse's tattoo number. The mistaken horse was discovered after the race had been made official because the Vic Moyer Stable asked that the horse be scoped after the race to determine whether or not he might have bled during the race.
 "It's quite apparent that if anyone was trying to deceive anyone they would have hurried the horse out of the paddock and not asked for tests to be run on that horse," Sabot said.
 Ladbroke at The Meadows has also announced that due to the circumstances surrounding this incident that a new program will be instituted which will include a double checking of tattoo numbers to assure that such a mistake cannot happen in the future.
 Sabot also concluded that the likelihood that such a mistake had occurred in the past is almost impossible. "When you test two, three and sometimes four horses in a race, every race, for the past 30 years, and nothing of this nature has ever come up before, one must conclude that the incident was an isolated case."
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 /CONTACT: Bob Sabot or Debbie Ross, 412-225-9300, both of Ladbroke at The Meadows/ CO: Ladbroke at The Meadows ST: Pennsylvania IN: CNO SU:


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