Three Acadiana horse jockeys have been arrested for allegedly fixing a June 19 race at Evangeline Downs Race Track and Casino.
An investigation by the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division led to the arrest of Joseph Patin Jr., 46 of Opelousas, Billy Patin, 51 of Opelousas, and LeSean Conyers, 24, of Lafayette, for the willful pulling of the reins and cheating and swindling.
The investigation stemmed from a complaint received from the Louisiana Racing Commission that accused the three jockeys of “questionable riding tactics that affected the outcome of the race,” said Louisiana State Police Trooper Brooks David in a news release.
“Through interviews and evidence obtained from track officials, troopers determined the jockeys willfully schemed to hold back a horse picked as a favorite to win while utilizing an agent to place unusual bets in an attempt to maximize winnings,” David said.
In addition, Billy Patin and Joseph Patin Jr. also were arrested on warrants for unnatural stimulation of horses (possession of electronic shocking device) based on evidence from two separate races on July 4 that showed the jockeys used hand-held shocking devices while competing in the races.