I have known for the last 20 years about the involvement of the Mafia at many east coast racetracks. Some of them are owned and run by them (organized crime families) while others have been so infiltrated by the crime “families” that it makes no difference if they are owned by them or not. I had farrier that use to work on a few of the tracks in Pennsylvania and New York state. He told me stories of the “Sandman” (which were later confirmed by reports that surfaced in Sports Illustrated) where everyone knew if he showed up at the track a horse would die that night. Here is just a list of stories that point to organized crime involvement at racetracks and drugging methods used by trainers. The first story even tells how to make a “milk shake” to induce a horse into winning a race.
Organized crime at the races – story 1
Organized crime at the races – story 2
This problem is not just in the USA it is world wide.
Organized crime at the races in Italy
This has got to be one of the main reasons NOT to support horse racing by gambling on the horses.
How to locate the horse trainer from hell
Please read this first
If you are looking for a horse trainer and don't know who to avoid then just look them up here. Look under your location (if no location then just suggest one under any of the posts as a comment and I will add it ASAP) for horse trainers from hell and look at the comments. See if the horse trainer you are thinking about taking lessons from or sending your horse to has a tale from hell. If you have experienced a horse trainer from hell either a professional or amateur then let off some steam here and let the rest of the horse world know about them. Don't forget to name names. Please read this first before posting If the trainer in question disputes the claims they find on here then they are very welcome to post a comment too. Tell only the truth. Comments are only moderated to screen out ads for websites or "buy this or that" spam and for not staying on topic. General comments should be made under the "General Blog Posts" category.