River Downs to "Seed" Exacta Pool

Due to a snafu by a racing official at River Downs earlier in the meet, River Downs will attempt to remedy the situation by "seeding" an exacta pool with $5,000 in the last race on the last Friday (Aug. 29) of the meet.

The problem the track is attempting to correct happened May 30 in the 13th race, a $5,000 claiming event for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up that hadn't won two races lifetime, when the wrong horse was brought to the paddock and entered the race. Sing High Sing Low was listed as number 12 in the program, but it was actually the maiden Mountain Of Light that competed and finished last as the slight betting favorite.

Both 3-year-old fillies were listed as being owned by Billy Hays and trained by Joe Woodard.

River Downs horse identifier Patricia Mularkey was fined $250 and Woodward received a $500 fine for brining the wrong horse to the paddock and received an additional $250 fine for leading the wrong horse to the paddock on a subsequent day. Neither appealed the decision.

River Downs general manager Jack Hanessian said track management approached the Ohio State Racing Commission about seeding the pool as a way to as a way to remedy the problem with bettors.

"We weren't ordered to do it," Hanessian said. "We thought it would be the best thing to do for the bettors. We didn't want to make a profit from a mistake."

Hanessian estimates that the track profited about $3,500 from the wrong-horse incident. He said a decision was made round that figure up to $5,000.

Seeding a pool works much like a carryover in a pick six in that there is guaranteed money in the pool on top of what is wagered.

"We could have spread the money across different pools but it wouldn't have been as effective. We picked the exacta because it is the most widely played pool at River Downs," Hanessian said.