Illegal horse racing ring update

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. – More of the over 100 suspects arrested in the illegal horse racing ring in Thackerville were in court on Friday .

The courthouse in Love County wasn't as full as Tuesday, but there were several other suspects standing in front of the judge for a second time.

Officials from the state attorney general’s office attended Friday’s arraignments. On Tuesday, the judge decided some charges wouldn’t hold up unless he had more information and someone to explain what he called ‘petty charges.’

The court had no changes today. They were adjourned until Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Nearly 100 people were arrested in Thackerville Sunday afternoon on charges of illegal gambling, betting and racketeering.

If convicted, some of the suspects could face up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol all came together for what was called "Operation Red River Reunion."

The operation involved 162 law enforcement officers, two helicopters, and an airplane.

Officials say the horse racing took place at a track in Thackerville off Highway 77. They say the racing had gone on there for nearly a year, and the OSBI had been investigating for eight months before they executed the operation.

Authorities say people who were arrested could face up to 10 years in jail, and a possible $10,000 fine. They say spectators will not be charged, but they will be documented.


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  • by Alan Location: Phoenix on Jan 12, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    This Guy craig says illegals get eeverything free. one thing. to get things from the government YOU CANT BE ILLEGAL!. And the only people out here in phoenix are black or white. they need to get up off there asses and get to work instead of living by gorvernments money. When have you seen a mexican bumb? atleast there outside looking for work unlike other guys just asking for money. Get it folks.
  • by anon. Location: Texas on Oct 1, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    Does anyone know who owns this place? I would like to buy it, not for horse racing or race horse training.
  • by Anonymous Location: love county on Aug 12, 2007 at 04:52 PM
    I know one of the jockeys who was arrested he was there to meet with a farrier. he ws still in the truck when they pulled him out of truck with a machine gun. They started the raid at 1:30,we were notified at 9:00 that night. He was the only american arrested and kept in jail for 2 days because he is a licensed jockey. He could not speak to him for 2 days. He is now facing conspiracy charges ,when they let trainers, owners and others who were there and were illegal go free. They also arrested the farrier who drove in after the raid had started, actually they arrested him twice
  • by Jon Location: Love Co on Aug 8, 2007 at 02:07 PM
    So damn what! Guys are betting on match races! 200 officers! When was the last time 200 officers were used to stop drugs,rape,murder,on and on. Set the 200 cops up on I35 and use their time stopping the illegal drugs flowing in our state! What a huge waste of time and $!! The lawsuits will follow for those treated so pitiful. I was passing by and there were officers lined up on I-35 with rifles and shotguns!!! I thought what is going on????!!I thought a huge band of murders or something then was told people were betting on match races!!! What a damn joke!!!!!!!
  • by big daddy Location: I get around! on Aug 7, 2007 at 04:33 PM
    Ha,Ha, I just love it when some of you start HATING on illegal Immigrants. Some immigrants help our community and of course some don't. Some of you people are just old durty HATERS. The story is Illegal horse racing. Does it say Illegal Immigrants? Why blame all Immigrants for what a handfull of them do? Don't HATE on them because they been here a couple of years and they allready own a house (or two) and have a pimp out ride. There a good example of what a 50 hour JOB can get you. Some of you don't even know what 30 hours of light duty is. That's why some of you are still in rent houses and NEVER will OWN a New 30k or 40k CAR, TRUCK, SUV. Stop hating and manage your own life better. Just because a couple of whites, blacks, browns, blues, reds, and purples are racist. Doesn't mean we all are.
  • by Robert Smith Location: Texas on Aug 7, 2007 at 01:03 PM
    It seems they have not taken care of the innocent horse owners that had no idea their horses were even in the state. Trainers move horses without owners knowledge.
  • by TINA Location: THACKERVILLE on Aug 4, 2007 at 02:51 PM
    I THINK IF U WAS NOT THERE SHUT UR MOUTH. BECAUSE YOU DONT KNOW NOTHEN. I LIVE CLOSE TO THERE I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.SO GIVE THESE POOR GUYS A BREAK.THE HORSES WAS IN GREAT SHAPE SO EVERYBODY NEEDS TO SHUT THE HELL UP AND GET ON WITH THEIR LIFES LEAVE EVERYBODY ELSES ALONE
  • by Jody Location: Love County on Aug 4, 2007 at 01:52 PM
    It seems to me that it was just for show.Has anyone ever heard of any law enforcement agency notifing the press before a raid or bust? Someone is needing to be in the spotlight for some reason. Its a terrible display of injustice by our law enforcement and government officials.I hope everyone will remember this during election time. To everyone in Thackerville that thinks this track was so bad. Take a look at your local casino.It brings in more dope,trash and drunks,than any horse track. Either law enforcement just dont have the guts to do anything about it or the right people are getting paid. WAKE UP AMERICA !!! and remember to vote.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2007 at 05:30 PM
    this is nonsense cops should be worring about drugs rap murder what a waste of tax money
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2007 at 11:40 AM
    This track has been there for years, why is it now that some one is doing something about it? also has anyone looked into the one that is North Of Wilson?
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