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Horse Racing / Con At Belmont #249136

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 25, 1977
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(Studio) What looked at lst like long-shot dream come true at New York's Belmont Racetrack, turns out to be very different.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Belmont track officials now have discovered they were victims of con trick in September 23 win of long-shot horse named Labon. (Film shown.) Horse is foreign and didn't have any certain identification. [New York Racing Association chairperson Ogden Mills PHIPPS - notes there was heavy betting on horse.] Listed horse was one that had finished last in earlier race; unidentified man who made bets on Labon won $87,000. Labon and champion horse from Uruguay, Cinzano, were brought to United States by practicing New York track veterinarian, Dr. Mark Gerard; he and Labon's owner-trainer, Jack Morgan, are suspended. It's suspected 2 horses were switched; FBI is in on case, because Gerard got insurance money after Cinzano was destroyed after sustaining injury. [PHIPPS - says way to keep things like this from happening is to take strong action as they're doing.] [Racing Board cnsl. John DAILEY -notes it's 1st such incident in 30 years] Last time Labon ran was October 12, at the Meadowlands, New Jersey. (Film shown.) Officials refuse to say if mystery horse is Cinzano, only that it's not Labon.
REPORTER: Steve Young

Cronkite, Walter;
Young, Steve

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