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Illegal drugs and death on unregulated equestrian trail very likely, warns PETA Sheriff

After exposure in Georgia, black market races move to Red Springs, hoping to avoid scrutiny

For immediate release:
August 23, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Red Springs, North Carolina – Horse racing teams caught in damning news PETA Exposed doping horses with drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine, using electric shock devices and whipping animals are set to race this Sunday in unsanctioned races at Carril Red Springs in Red Springs. This morning PETA sent an urgent letter to Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins asking him to investigate unregulated racing. PETA says the races – which will include Trump My Record, a star horse on the black market circuit – were originally planned in Georgia, but are now believed to have been moved to North Carolina in an attempt to avoid the scrutiny by law enforcement.

PETA notes that its 10-month investigation into clandestine Quarter Horse racing (recently covered by The Washington Post) has also documented injuries, including fatal injuries, to both horses and jockeys and the trading of hundreds of thousands of dollars in likely illegal gambling – which will likely occur locally if law enforcement does not not act.

“Black market horse racing is a cesspool of greed, gambling, drugs and cruelty and an indictment of the region in which they get away with it,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Officials must not look the other way when accused of upholding the law, including in cases of animal cruelty.”

PETA — whose motto says, in part, “animals are not ours for entertainment” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information about PETA’s news gathering and investigative reporting, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.

PETA’s letter to Wilkins follows.

August 23, 2022

The Honorable Burnis Wilkins
Robeson County Sheriff

Dear Sheriff Wilkins:

I am writing to you on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals US (PETA entities have over 9 million members and supporters worldwide) asking you to investigate unregulated horse racing that is announcement will be held at Carril Red Springs (188 Jockey Ln., Red Springs, NC 28377) on August 28. These races were originally scheduled to be held at Rancho El Centenario in Milner, Georgia on August 21 and are apparently being moved to North Carolina to avoid scrutiny by Georgia law enforcement following our recent briefing.

On August 5, PETA released the results of a 10-month investigation into clandestine Quarter Horse racing, revealing widespread doping with various substances, including methamphetamine, cocaine and Ritalin; the use of electric shock devices; injuries, including fatalities, to horses and jockeys; and trading hundreds of thousands of dollars in seemingly illegal gambling at Rancho El Centenario, the largest black market trail, or “bush trail,” in Georgia. PETA has now filed complaints with state and local authorities seeking criminal investigations into these and other acts that appear to violate numerous laws. Our video sequences available here and photographs available here indicate what may happen at 188 Jockey Ln.

PETA’s survey encompassed all teams currently advertised as a race in Red Springs on August 28. Cuadra Cristo Rey, the first Georgia-based Quarter Horse stable, is to race the most famous horse on the circuit, Trump My Record. PETA investigators saw Cuadra Cristo Rey workers inject horses at the Rancho El Centenario and Rancho El Canelo tracks as part of their usual pre-race routine. The jockey of this stable was also filmed using electric shock devices.

Cuadra La Araña will come from Illinois. PETA filmed jockeys from this team carrying electric shock devices and whipping horses behind the starting gate. Other staff posted at the gate also kicked horses at the start of the races.

PETA has repeatedly documented that workers from another stable scheduled to attend the event, Cuadra La Noria, injected horses onto the track and used electric shock devices.

These relocated races from Georgia would be in addition to the regular Carril Red Springs races for August 27, which would likely feature the same

problems. We urge you to investigate and take all appropriate action to prevent or prosecute violations of North Carolina’s anti-cruelty, gambling, and drug laws.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Can I hear from you on this important issue?


Kathy Guillermo
Senior Vice President
Department of Equine Affairs