After a two-week investigation into the results of the fifth race at Rosecroft Dec. 6, judges have given driver John Marsh a 10-day suspension for failure to make a proper effort in driving Townsend Hanover in that race. Marsh is appealing the ruling.
According to Kent Hastings, the presiding judge, the race was investigated because of the appearance of a strong reversal of form by Townsend Hanover, who finished third as the 4-to-5 favorite. Townsend Hanover won his previous race by 4 1/4 lengths.
Both races were part of the Medley pacing series that features races at other than the standard harness-racing distance of one mile. The Dec. 6 race was a six-furlong event. Townsend Hanover's previous race was at a half-mile. Townsend Hanover had the No. 1 post position in both races.
Judges received information that an individual had bet a large sum of money on the Dec. 6 race, primarily revolving around the No. 3 horse, Shadydale Frenetic, in exacta combinations. The wagering caused irregularities in the exacta odds.
The race was won by long shot Lord Teddie (11 to 1) and Shadydale Frenetic (3 to 1) finished second. The 4-3 exacta combination returned $78.80.