Claiming Race at Delta Downs Probed

Stewards at Delta Downs are investigating a case of mistaken identity that resulted in the wrong horse being claimed Jan. 1. Swim Easy was claimed out of the race, but upon further review it was determined that the horse led away from the track was not Swim Easy.

Trainer Tracy Vickers claimed Swim Easy for $20,000 from trainer Kearney Segura and owner Mohammed Islam on behalf of Wyoming resident Lloyd DeBruycker, who had previously owned the 5-year-old son of Mr. Easy Money out of the Beau Genius mare Toucha Genius. The horse racing as Swim Easy finished sixth and was pulled up around the turn in the claiming race in question.

DeBruycker, who has written a letter to the stewards requesting assurance that he now owns the correct horse, said it was discovered about 36 hours after the horse was claimed that it was not the correct horse.

"The girl that claimed him for us did not know what the horse was suppose to look like, but he looked close enough (to the description) to her," he said. "Then she began hearing rumors that the horse she claimed was not the right horse so she went to racing office to check it out."

Trent McIntosh, racing secretary at Delta Downs, said he had no comment concerning the ongoing investigation. According the Daily Racing Form horse identifier Ryan Long has been temporarily suspended.

"Whether or not the horse identifier didn't look close enough or the horse acted up and they just let him go, they should have checked closer," DeBruycker said. "The people that had the right horse should have come forward from the beginning, but they didn't."

DeBruycker said the track stewards requested that Swim Easy remain at Delta Downs until Jan. 8.