No state sanctions for racino where horse drowned during harness race

Miami Valley Gaming and Racing will face no sanctions from the Ohio State Racing Commission after an investigation of the drowning of a horse during a race there on March 25.

On Friday, the state commission released its final report on the incident and indicated the racino in Warren County would face no sanctions.

“The Commission is still in discussions with the permit holder to determine if we need to take further steps,” Michel Rzymek of the commission said in an email.

The horse, “He’s a Perfect 10,” drowned in the pond at the center of the harness track during the 12th race.

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Driver Kayne Kauffman was thrown from his sulky cart, treated for his injuries and held out of races until April 1, according to the report.

The incident was triggered when another horse in the race, Medoland Brutus, “made a break in stride thus causing confusion amongst trailing horses,” according to the state report.

Ashley Holliday, the rider helping manage the horses during the race, “quickly grabbed the loose horse, but the horse became confused, disoriented and was able to break free.”

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He’s a Perfect 10 “ran into the pond and tried swimming across pond with the equipment and sulky still attached.”

Holliday “jumped into the pond and attempted to rescue the horse. Unfortunately, the horse went under,” according to the report.

There was no immediate comment from the racino.

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