Rice insists she gave gifts to racing office rather than bribes for information
Multiple Grade 1-winning trainer Linda Rice has revealed state investigators have asked her to explain why she gave money to individuals in the racing office at the New York Racing Association.
The New York State Gaming Commission is thought to be looking into whether payments were made to improperly receive information in order to help her determine which races to enter her horses in.
However, Rice told the Daily Racing Form: "I gave Christmas gifts to the gate crew and racing office not for exchange of information."
The trainer has said she was given information via fax and/or email before races had officially been closed between 2012-14, at times when the NYRA was racing five days a week during the winter and "were hustling races".
"This was the tactic they chose to try and entice people to enter," Rice added.
Rice, 53, has saddled around 1,700 winners during a career spanning 30 years and is famed for her handling of dual Grade 1 winner Palace and 2015 champion female sprinter La Verdad.
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