When it was revealed that runner Mychel Sanchez had entered a bet that included bets he was betting on the horses he was riding, his lawyer Alan Pincus argues that this is not a matter of racial settlement. Instead, says Pincus, Sanchez turned to gambling as an outlet to combat his depression, letting things get out of hand and in any case, trying his best to win, even if it means he can beat a horse he has bet on.
“He just did something crazy that only a psychiatrist can explain,” Pincus said in January.
The TDNthrough a Freedom of Information Act request, obtained records of Sanchez’s Betting Activity was reviewed by the Pennsylvania Racing Commission. In some ways, they lend credence to the attorney’s argument. The betting log covers the period from December 23 of last year to January 3, during which time Sanchez placed 104 bets on his TVG account. From those 104 races, there were only six where he made a substantial bet on himself. He had bet on his mount seven times. All other bets are made on races where he has no mount.
In most states, jockeys are not prohibited from betting on races where they do not ride or betting on their mounts.
However, a person betting against himself, no matter how many times it happens, is a serious offense that puts the integrity of those races into question. Was Sanchez really trying hard to win or is he more interested in cashing out, one of which is $4,380? Only he knows for sure.
These are six races where Sanchez made an important bet on a different horse than the one he rode. They are:
) in Robert Manfuso S. Cordmaker won, giving Sanchez a profit of $3,066. His mount, Always Determined, (Staying Desire) finished in last place with a score of 13-1.
Dec 28, 7 at Parx: Sanchez bet $100 to win, place and show on 4-1 shot Miss Mosaic (Verrazano) at Mrs. Claus S. Sanchez won the race on board the 18-1 Jakarta (Bustin Stones), defeating Miss Mosaic, who was runner-up. The portion of Sanchez’s wallet is $5,520. If Miss Mosaic wins, he will win about $800 on his bets.December 29, 6 at Parx: Sanchez bet $200 to win, place and show on Six Cider (Medaglia d’Oro
) and $25 to win, place and show up on Double the Heart (
alternate). Both horses ran out of money. He shot 52-1 with a dangerous shot (Into Mischief), who finished last.Dec 31, Laurel 6: Sanchez bets $100 to win, holds slot and shows on I Can Run (
), who finished fourth. His mount, Ocean Tide (
More than ready
Jan 2, 5 at Laurel: Sanchez bet $1,000 wins and bets on 7-2 Bear Force Won (Bandbox) shot, who won the race. Sanchez’s profit on the bet was $4,900. His mount, a 2-1 Satchel de Riches (Country Day) shot, finished fourth.
Jan 3, Day 3 at Parx: Sanchez bets $500 to win, keep spot and show on Iova (Lea), runner-up. He made $1,000 from the race. His mount, The Biggest One (Gone Astray), finished third with a score of 9-2.From those six races, Sanchez made $8,171.Additionally, Sanchez placed an $864 bet on the Dec. 29 Pick 5 at Parx and wager, which paid out $7,875. He did not include his mount in the first leg, a 52-1 Dangerfield shot, in his ticket. Sanchez scored the winning goal in the first leg final with a score of 12-1 when he shot No Fooling Dude (Orientation).
Pincus said that Sanchez didn’t gamble often until he opened a TVG account late last year. He did so in his own name and a TVG employee alerted the Pennsylvania Racing Commission after noticing that Sanchez was betting against himself. His betting was more or less controlling from the start. On December 23, a day when he didn’t ride, he started with a $100 win and bet at Gulfstream and was followed by a $50 win bet and $15 win bet, also in races at Gulfstream. But as time went on, he began to bet larger amounts. He switched his bets to Lawn Park and in two races bet $1,000 to win, position and show up on a horse. Both horses ran out of money.
Racing took a break for the Christmas break and Sanchez didn’t bet again until December 26, betting on Laurel, where he had ridden. He placed his first bet in the second race, in which he had no mount. He bet $1000 to win, place and show on a 3-1 shot under the stars (Connection), who finished second. In the third race, he bets on himself, bet $1,000 to win, place and show on the 7-2 Last Romance shot (
Tapitur), who finished second.After betting on two more races where he didn’t have a mount, he crossed the line the first time, winning $2,190 and betting on Cordmaker. His mount, Alwaysainst, went ahead and took the lead for the first half-mile before tiring. The caption for the race read: “Always rush through the middle of the enemy and then give up to take the lead, pressured from outside, cede command at the far end and falter.”
A clear betting pattern has emerged. While Sanchez occasionally makes a bet on multiple races, most of his bets are win and place or win, put and show. And he bet a lot. Sanchez often bets $1,000 or more to win, place and show off on a horse. On December 27, he won $2,000, placed and bet on a race at Laurel, betting on his mount, Johnny Sack (
). In the biggest bet he made during the time period mentioned, he lost all of his $6,000 as Johnny Sack came in sixth.
On December 30, while riding at Laurel, he bet $5,000 to win Palace Magic’s favorite October 11 (
Palace Malice ) in the ninth race at the Fair Grounds. Palace Magic finished second. On January 3, Sanchez competed at Parx, where he placed only three bets, two wins and a $500 bet and a $400 Pick 5 ticket. From a gambling perspective, he had a good day, winning $3,200 on his two straight bets. But Sanchez abruptly stopped and didn’t bet any other races on the card. It’s not clear what motivated him to stop.
During the bet, Sanchez bet a total of $129,212 and lost over $18,000.
Based on timestamps on his bets, Sanchez placed them, on the days he rode, from the track between races when he should have been in the jockey’s room. In many countries, jockeys are not allowed to bring communication devices into the jockey’s room.
On January 10, Sanchez appeared at a hearing before the Pennsylvania Racing Commission’s Board of Directors and was suspended for 60 days and ordered to complete an accredited program in gambling addiction. Pincus said at the time, Sanchez also sought treatment to deal with his depression.
The Maryland Racing Commission took no action against Sanchez at the time of his suspension from Pennsylvania. Michael Hopkins, executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, told Pat Cummings of the Thoroughbred Ideas Foundation that the matter was closed and the committee had no plan of action against Sanchez. On January 21, after learning of the charges against Sanchez, 1/ST Racing, Laurel’s owner, stripped him of all his mounts that day and banned him for a period of time. duration. At the end of this story,
TDN could not confirm whether Sanchez was authorized to ride by 1/ST officials after his Pennsylvania suspension was served.Sanchez rode to the Aqueduct on January 1, but did not. bets on any of his mounts that day. While there is no specific guidance on the length of the suspension when a racehorse is caught betting with himself, Sanchez’s job only 60 days shows that the Pennsylvania Racing Commission believes he doesn’t organize races and sympathizes with his assessment that depression played a role in his betting frenzy. “He was just doing something because of a mental problem,” Pincus said in January. “Everyone must be held accountable for their own actions, but he must be seen with sympathy.” Sanchez’s suspension ended on March 21.