Agents investigate suspected illegal horse racing near Tri-Cities

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Investigators from the Washington State Gambling Commission, the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office and the US Department of Agriculture serve an arrest warrant for alleged illegal horse racing in Burbank.

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State and federal agents and local law enforcement are investigating an alleged illegal horse racing operation on a ranch northeast of Burbank.

As part of the investigation, which lasted more than two years, a search warrant was served on Tuesday morning.

No one was arrested during Tuesday’s arrest warrant, said Richard Schram, the deputy sheriff of Walla Walla County.

He told the Tri-City Herald that the ranch is on Monument Drive in the rural Burbank area between Highway 124 and the Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River.

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The investigation is being led by the Washington State Gambling Commission with the assistance of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, the Walla Walla Police Department and the US Department of Agriculture.

“Agents developed information that a ranch near Burbank was being used for horse racing, which included the acceptance of illegal bets as well as other suspected illegal gambling on the ground,” said a press release from the state gambling commission.

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Federal, Washington State and Walla Walla County officials are investigating whether these horses are part of an illegal horse race in Burbank, near Pasco, WA. Washington State Gambling Commission

Kevin McCarty, a spokesman for the agency, told the Herald that he is currently unable to release any further details as there is more to be done as part of the investigation.

A joint press release by the Gambling Commission and the Sheriff’s Office thanked “partner agencies who have helped to take action and securely close this warrant”.

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Federal, Washington State and Walla Walla County officials are investigating this racecourse in Burbank, near Pasco, WA, as a suspected site of illegal horse racing. Washington State Gambling Commission

The only legal live racetrack in the Tri-Cities area is Sun Downs Racetrack at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.

There are also horse races a few days a year at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds circuit in Walla Walla.

This story was originally published October 27, 2021 12:54 p.m.


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