Nine Arrested for Allegedly Running an Illegal Horse-Racing Track

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Alleged illegal horse racing has nine people (including six law enforcement officers) in hot water, legally speaking.
Breaking the law is one thing, but breaking the law when you're in law enforcement knocks it up to a whole other level. Add horses into the mix and crikey have you got a problem.

Nine people had their first court appearance Monday morning after being arrested last week for allegedly running an illegal horse-racing track at Rancho El Herradero Training Center, on 12402 Sralla Road in Crosby (which is a town way on the outskirts of Houston, if you're drawing a blank). Of the nine people arrested, six were law enforcement officers and one was charged for impersonating an officer, according to a release from the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

The defendants were charged for racing without a license, under the Texas Racing Act. They'd been running an illegal race track, with off-duty officers hired to police it, according to the release. The DA's office said the officers were also allegedly looking the other way on a whole bunch of illegal gambling (though that would presumably be par for the course if you're working an unlicensed race track).

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