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Police probing theft at Keeneland

Lexington police are investigating a felony theft case at Keeneland, although the detectives won't have much to go on until the racetrack finishes an internal audit to determine its losses, police said Tuesday.

Keeneland director of security Ed Blaser Jr. filed a theft report March 13, indicating only that it involved more than $300—the amount that triggers a felony theft case. No criminal complaint has been filed.

"At this time, I'm not sure we even know exactly where the money is missing from," said police spokeswoman Sgt. Ann Gutierrez.

Keeneland President Nick Nicholson this week said he is not prepared to publicly discuss the circumstances behind the theft.

"It's an ongoing investigation that involves not only Keeneland but other places in town, and I'm not sure how long it's going to be before anybody knows if or how much there is a situation here," Nicholson said.

"This did not start with Keeneland, nor do I imagine that it will end with Keeneland," he added.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the state agency that regulates racing and gambling, is aware of the case but does not want to comment, said executive director Lisa Underwood.

"All I can say is that it's under investigation, and I can't get into any details," Underwood said.

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