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Rankin Piece Aired; $50,000 Reward Offered


Published: February 24, 2009 10:26 am ET

Last Comment: August 20, 2009 1:45 am ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

On Monday, February 23, CTV News Ottawa aired a piece about the murder mystery surrounding Ottawa-area horseman Randy Rankin. The video is available for viewing here.

To view the segment in its entirety, click here.

It has also been announced that a $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Rankin, who was 46 at the time of his passing.

The Ontario Provincial Police announced the reward yesterday via release.

A copy of the release can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here.

August 20, 2009 - 1:45 ammlfrat its bin about 6

marvin frank SAID...

mlfrat its bin about 6 months or so & though i only knew u sharing a pop or 2 after races in sud. or rideau or doing ur kaioke u r still missed & not forgotten ..... thks. 4 the beer & that fat foul tasting CIGAR.. not 2 mention ur call 2 watch out 4 the sudbury invader.. ( after all somebody had 2 b 4th ).. M

February 26, 2009 - 12:57 pmLynne Magee has it

Lynne Magee has it absolutely correct. Also Mr. Rankin was not murdered because he had it wrong but rather because he had it right!

February 25, 2009 - 10:48 amOne more black mark against

Lynne Magee SAID...

One more black mark against our industry!

It is pretty clear to most people that the death of Mr. Rankin is likely related to his outspoken thoughts and theories regarding the troubles that plague harness racing. He always claimed to have damning information that could do our industry and some players in particular a great deal of damage. Whether he did or not, we will never know. The person who killed him was not an amatur. Organized crime, hired gun to shut him up? There are far too many criminal connections to horse racing that tarnish this sport/industry and too many people using those connections for their own purposes or just turning a blind eye to this deviant behaviour. Perhaps they anticipate a similar treatment as Mr. Rankin received or simply don't care enough about saving an industry that is ripe with corruption and cheating. The horses, to them, are merely pawns in the game.

There are many hard-working, honest people in this game but the cheaters are stealing the purse money and driving the fans/bettors away. They are also driving the honest horsepeople out. The stands are almost empty and the bettors are in the slot parlours. What will become of horseracing?

Mr. Rankin was intent on exposing the criminal aspect of horseracing. He may not have always been 100% right and may not have always gone about things the correct way but he was certainly effective in getting people's attention. Unfortunately, he got the attention of the wrong person or people.

May he rest in peace and may his family be comforted with the knowledge that he gave a damn about horseracing and horses and wasn't afraid to speak out.

Lynne Magee

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