Lawmakers Discuss Alleged Payment Problems at Running Aces Harness Track

Updated: 07/22/2014 6:53 PM
Created: 07/22/2014 6:10 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A group of Minnesota lawmakers met Tuesday to talk about what went wrong at Running Aces Harness Track in Columbus.

Earlier this month, a state audit concluded the north metro track allegedly shorted race purses by more than $400,000 over a four-year period. Horsemen were also allegedly left short and have not been reimbursed.

The dispute between Running Aces and the horsemen centers on whether the rules for paying the horsemen are clear.

The state's legislative auditor, Jim Nobles, admitted the rules are difficult to understand. He says the bigger issue is how the problem was undetected without the state racing commission noticing.

"I think that does not speak well of the way in which the commission in the past, fulfilled their responsibilities. That’s what you set them up to do, and I think they did not act adequately," Noble said.

The auditor recommended the racing commission act quickly to resolve the dispute.

A Running Aces spokesman says the horsemen have already been paid.

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