Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gov. Defers Discipline Until Report.(New Mexico)

Byline: The Associated Press

Racing Commission Investigating Allegations of Abusive Official

Gov. Gary Johnson on Thursday said it is "indefensible" for a state racing commissioner to verbally abuse racing stewards. However, he stopped short of saying what action he might take against a commissioner accused of that behavior.

Former racing secretary Rae Ann Holland alleged that an intoxicated commissioner Susan Vescovo abused the track's three stewards when she visited the stewards' stand Aug. 10 to complain about their decision not to disqualify a horse for interference during a race at Ruidoso Downs.

Vescovo, who was appointed by Johnson in July, has denied the allegations. …

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