Suspect sought in 'horse sponging' case

May 13, 2009 11:28:32 AM PDT
Authorities still want to know who tampered with a race horse by placing a sponge up its nose.The incident happened in October, 2007 but authorities are hoping they can gather some leads this weekend, because of a special event scheduled for Delaware Park.

Additionally, because people involved with horse racing frequently move around, investigators say they have a short window to gather leads.

In this case, police say the horse, Maren's Meadow, was favored to win a race, but instead came in third. Those close to the horse say they were shocked by the outcome, and were left wondering what happened.

Several days later, a trainer was working with the horse and noticed a foul smell. An examination revealed a sponge had been shoved up the horse's nose.

The sponge was removed before there was any serious damage or infection.

The Delaware State Police are investigating this as a deliberate act of restricting a horse's ability to breathe, affecting the outcome of the race.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to call 302-834-2630 ext. 319 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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