Horse racing has been suspended at Palermo, Sicily racetrack

Horse racing has been suspended at Palermo, Sicily racetrack

December 28, 2017 9:21 AM
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Horse racing has been suspended at the Palermo, Sicily racetrack after Italian police investigating mafia activity say they discovered illegal gambling and evidence that Cosa Nostra bosses were fixing races.

The order to close the track came from the head of the Palermo prefecture and followed the arrests of 25 persons believed to be linked to the clans of Resuttana-San Lorenzo.

The track has a capacity of 15,000 with 400 stalls, but is now empty with no racing currently being conducted.

Media reports indicate the arrests have revealed the Sicilian mafia to be as involved in on-track racing as it is in illegal street races, where drugged and ill-treated horses are forced to run to exhaustion as thousands of euros are bet on the winners.