Tendrils of Ted Stevens’s Scandal Extend to Kentucky Derby
In the world of Alaskan scandal and politics, most of the corrupt politicians indicted or in jail have ties back to one man: Bill Allen, the key witness in the government’s case against Ted Stevens and the former CEO of VECO, an oil pipeline company in Alaska.
And while Allen is still awaiting sentencing for bribing a group of Alaskan state senators, the rest of the Allen clan seems to be doing just fine: on Saturday, a racehorse owned by Allen’s son won the Kentucky Derby on 50-1 odds.
But Mark was getting lucky far before the Derby. Bill Allen arranged for immunity for his son, who had also paid off a state legislator, in exchange for the elder Allen’s full cooperation with the government’s cases against the state legislators and Ted Stevens.
The Allens’ connection to the Kentucky Derby seems like a strange bit of happenstance, but it gets weirder.
The racetrack also played a direct role in Stevens’ trial, when a juror disappeared during deliberations and lied to the judge in order to attend a horse race in California. One of the horses in that race? You guessed it — Mark Allen’s Mine That Bird, who raced that day coming in 12th in a field of 13.
This weekend’s derby brought Mark Allen a $2 million dollar purse. With Bill Allen’s sentencing nowhere in sight it looks like father and son will have plenty of time — and money — to fly between Alaska and his family’s horse ranch in New Mexico.