Welcome to another interesting chapter of the USA horseracing’s history, brought to you by the best betting agent. Don’t forget to sign up via BET-IBC agent for the best Asian bookies to enjoy the passion of horseracing! On January 11th, 1990, in a foggy day in Louisiana, the racetrack was almost empty, as it was usual in foggy days like that, and only the most hardcore racing fans made themselves present. Due to the foggy conditions, people could hardly even see the horses. And that was exactly what Sylvester Carmouche was counting on.
Carmouche really wanted to win with his horse, Landing Officer, and the weather conditions gave him a devious idea: He was going to cheat. And in the end he managed to create one of the most audacious racing scandals of all time! When the race started, all nine horses charged into the fog. In a surprising finish, Landing Officer dashed ahead of the competition and won the race, or so it seemed.
The odds of Landing Officer winning were 23–1, so anyone who bet on him was more than happy to collect their winnings. But then, the protests lights lit up, and it became clear that something was very wrong indeed. Videos of the track showed only eight of the nine horses who were supposed to race that day, and lo and behold, Landing Officer was missing. Officials accused Carmouche of leading Landing Officer into the fog and then stopping him so that he could appear to have a great finish later on. Carmouche denied this and said that Landing Officer was just very fast that day. A veterinarian examined the horse and found that he wasn’t sweating, wasn’t breathing hard, and that his bandages were clean. Obviously, that horse did not race that day.
The Louisiana Racing Commission looked into the matter and came to the verdict that Carmouche had indeed cheated. He was banned from the fields for 10 years. But this wasn’t the end of his troubles, Carmouche was charged with misdemeanour attempted theft of $50—the difference between the $140 that Carmouche received for winning and the $90 fee all the jockeys were paid. He was convicted and sentenced to 30 days in jail, of which 20 days were suspended, along with court costs and a fine of $250.
It is still not clear how Carmouche cheated that day, maybe he used a cart, maybe there was another horse. We are not sure, but one thing is clear, we can all say that cheating on that foggy Louisiana day it was not worth his career. What are you waiting for start your winning career? Just open a Matchbook account via an agent and take advantage of the betting exchange you look for!