Case of Mistaken Identity to Get Closer Look by Panel

The Ohio State Racing Commission has requested the connections of the 3-year-old fillies Sing High Sing Low and Mountain of Light attend its July meeting in the wake of a case of mistaken identity in the 13th race at River Downs May 30.

Sing High Sing Low was listed as the number 12 horse in a $5,000 claiming race for fillies and mares that afternoon at River Downs, but it was actually the maiden Mountain of Light that competed and finished last as the slight betting favorite in the event for non-winners of two races lifetime. Both fillies were owned by Billy Hays and trained by Joe Woodard.

Following the incident, the commission determined it was a simple error, and no fraudulent intent was involved. Woodard was fined $500 for leading the wrong horse to the paddock, and River Downs horse identifier Patricia Mularkey was fined $250.

At the June 20 racing commission meeting, commission members questioned executive director Clifford Nelson about the incident and requested he meet with the commission's assistant attorney general to inquire if any further action could be taken, such as suspensions or increases in fines.

A date, time, and location for the July meeting will be announced shortly.