[W/VIDEOS] The Five Most-Telling Horse Names in the Zetas Drug Cartel's Quarter-Horse Racing Scam
The story documents a federal case alleging how members of the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico laundered money into the quarter-horse industry, eventually becoming a dominant force through their fast finds. Turns out more than a few ended up in the Los Alamitos Race Course, that giant track almost no one in 21st-century Orange County bothers with--and, after this, probably fewer folks will. And it turns out some of those Zetas associates spent mucho time 'round these parts--eep.
Here's the craziest thing about it all: if anyone in quarter-horse racing paid any attention to the horses of Tremor Enterprises, the corporation feds say served as a front for the Zetas, they would've quickly figured out something was amiss in their world, as the names that the narcos gave to their caballos weren't exactly subtle. To wit:
5. El Sicario
"The Assassin" in Spanish, records show that the Zetas got into the horsey business in 2006 after they saw the horse--bought at a Los Alamitos auction--beat younger competition in Mexico. That gave them the idea to get into the business, one they quickly dominated. Note: the above horse is named El Sicario, and I'm assuming it's the same horse given the anti-Zetas comments left on the YouTube link.
4. Mr. Ease Cartel
This horse won the Ed Burke Million Futurity Trial June 10 at Los Al just a couple of weeks ago--he's the horse in the above video that wins easily. The victory qualified it to race in the June 24 $1 million stake, which didn't happen because the feds seized the poor thing as they cracked down on Tremor.