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Illegal horse track busted near Alvord

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Six people have been arrested for operating what investigators say was an unlicensed horse racing facility near Alvord.

The arrests took place after the six people, including two Wise County residents, were indicted by a grand jury for racing without a license, a violation of the Texas Racing Act.

criminalsWise County District Attorney Greg Lowery said the Texas Department of Public Safety conducted the investigation into the horse racing operation after receiving a complaint about possible illegal activity. Undercover officers went to the scene on multiple occasions to observe people betting on the outcome of races.

The track was located next to Oak Hill Raceway, a motocross facility south of Alvord. Lowery said the Oak Hill owner did not have knowledge of the horse racing operation.

“From my understanding, it was a straight dirt track,” Lowery said. “They did have starting gates. They took care of the track. They even had people set up at the finish line to take photos if there was a photo finish.”

According to the wording in the indictments, the six people operated a horse race without a racetrack license and had knowledge that people were betting on the outcome of the races. The indictment states that the illegal activity was witnessed on Feb. 16 of this year.

Those arrested were identified by the Department of Public Safety as Homero Caldera, 49, and Guillermo Rodriguez, 30, both with the same address in Aurora; Jose Conception Aguilar, 55, of Farmers Branch; Ultiminio Caldera-Pacheco, 46, of Garland; Jose Enriquez-Trejo, 30, of Grand Prairie; and Gricelda Rodriguez, 32, of Fort Worth. All six posted a $10,000 bail and were released the day of their arrest.

Lowery said he is not aware of any animal cruelty issues related to the horses used at the facility.

Since the investigation is ongoing, Lowery said he could not give any more specific details about the case. He said that none of the six arrested have previous felony convictions.

Racing without a license is a third degree felony offense.

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