Updated: 10/17/2012 11:37 AM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls
Dr. Lynn Hovda tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she did nothing wrong to compromise gambling or the integrity of horse racing.
We first told you Monday that two top officials at the Minnesota Racing Commission were under investigation. Dr. Hovda is one of them.
The other is Assistant Executive Director, Mary Manney, who is on paid leave under investigation for alleged misconduct. Dr. Hovda granted 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS an exclusive interview to tell her side of the story.
Dr. Hovda says her investigation centers on the treatment of four horses that arrived at Canterbury Park in July to race. Dr. Hovda says they came in a trailer on a flatbed truck with no way to unload and getting water to them in the extreme heat was difficult. Dr. Hovda says she treated them with medical injections to keep them from dying of heat stroke. She says she followed professional protocol by receiving permission from the horses' handlers before giving the horses medication.
But, Dr. Hovda, says the horses owners say she did not have approval to give the horses medication and filed a complaint with the Racing Commission. She says that's what lead to the current investigation by the Minnesota Office of Management and Budget. She tells us it has nothing to do with gambling or the integrity of horse racing.