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Trainer accuses Travers winner of using electronic device

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Luis Saez, aboard Travers winner Will Take Charge (NEWS10) Luis Saez, aboard Travers winner Will Take Charge (NEWS10)

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York State Gaming Commission is investigating a complaint made by one trainer involved in the $1 million Travers Stakes.

Eric Guillot, trainer of second-place finisher Moreno, tells NEWS10 Monday that he filed a complaint with the State Gaming Commission alleging that 21-year-old Luis Saez, rider of Travers winner Will Take Charge used an electrical device on his horse during the running of the race.

Guillot said that after watching the video of the race he "saw something suspicious" and brought it to the commission.

"People call me a sore loser," said Guillot. "I saw something suspicious when watching the video. I showed it to the Gaming Commission, they asked if I wanted to file a complaint, I said yes. The Gaming Commission is working on it. I'm not saying anymore."

A battery or buzzer is an electronic device is used to make the horse run faster and is illegal anywhere on racetracks.

Trainer of Will Take Charge, D Wayne Lucas, told NEWS10 it is "very unfortunate to drag the young jockey through this investigation."

Saez's agent, Richard DePass, would not comment on the allegations.

"I think this is a big deal for any race, I think it overshadows what a great race it was and hopefully this is put away very quickly because this was a tremendous effort by both horses the second and first place finishers," said racing analyst and former jockey Jeff Carle.

New York Racing Association also confirms the claims, saying in a statement "We are actively cooperating with the Commission's review of that complaint. The integrity of our racing is a matter of great importance to us."

The Gaming Commission along with New York State Police are investigating the claims.

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