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Travers Jockey Accused Of Using Electronic Device
The connections of Travers Stakes runner-up Moreno have lodged a sensational complaint with the New York State Gaming Commission, alleging that winning rider Luis Saez used an electronic device to coax 3YO colt Will Take Charge to victory in last weekend's Gr1 feature, reports drf.com. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Will Take Charge prevailed by the narrowest of margins, a nose, to deny Moreno in the US$1 million event at Saratoga Race Course on August 24. "We have received a complaint, which we are thoroughly investigating," said Lee Park, spokesman for the Gaming Commission. "We have sought the assistance of the New York State Police, which has expertise in video analysis." Saez, through his agent Richard DePass, denied the allegation. "It's absurd for someone to make an accusation like that," DePass said. "We deny it one million percent. We're going to get an attorney and pursue this vigorously." It is believed that stewards interviewed Saez after the race and also searched his locker. Moreno's trainer, Eric Guillot, claims that a slow-motion video of the NBC broadcast shows Saez moving an object from his right hand to his left and then tucking it underneath the saddle pad. "To me, the horse was dead in the water four jumps out from the wire when he hit him with the machine, he surged," Guillot said.