HOT SPRINGS – Racing officials say they’ve found no signs of wrongdoing after a gambler in California withdrew a $100,000 bet minutes before the Southwest Stakes began at Oaklawn Park.
Oaklawn says a joint investigation by racing officials in Arkansas and California found no signs of intentional manipulation in the wagering pools for the Feb. 20 race. A gambler at Santa Anita Park had placed the bet on Longview Drive, the 3-1 favorite in one of the two $250,000 divisions of the Southwest Stakes.
The bet was withdrawn 10 minutes before post time.
Santa Anita had stopped importing Oaklawn’s signal since the incident but will begin to offer the races again this week now that the investigation is closed.
Longview Drive finished seventh, with first-place finisher Castaway paying $15.40 on a $2 bet.