Hol­len­dor­fer, train­ers group file court com­plaint

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Tod Leonard, San Diego Union-Tri­bune

Jerry Hol­len­dor­fer and the Cal­i­for­nia Thor­ough­bred Train­ers or­ga­ni­za­tion have filed a com­plaint in San Diego Su­pe­rior Court against the Del Mar Thor­ough­bred Club and the 22nd Agri­cul­tural District be­cause the race track is not al­low­ing the Hall of Fame trainer to par­tic­i­pate in the sum­mer meet that be­gins Wed­nes­day.

Filed on Mon­day, the com­plaint al­leges Del Mar has not given Hol­len­dor­fer ad­e­quate cause for why he is not be­ing al­lowed to work at the meet. It also claims the track has not ad­hered to an agree­ment it has with CTT about how dis­putes are re­solved.

At­tor­neys for Hol­len­dor­fer and CTT are ask­ing the court to is­sue a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der to al­low Hol­len­dor­fer to train at Del Mar un­til the mat­ter is re­solved. A court hear­ing could hap­pen as early as this week.

Hol­len­dor­fer’s San Diego-based at­tor­ney, Drew Couto, de­clined Tues­day to dis­cuss the case, as did DMTC Pres­i­dent Josh Ruben­stein.

The com­plaint, avail­able in pub­lic records, is the lat­est de­vel­op­ment in a dis­pute that be­gan June 22 when The Stronach Group, own­ers of Santa Anita Park, told the 73-year-old Hol­len­dor­fer he needed to va­cate all of his stalls af­ter a horse he trained suf­fered a fa­tal break­down that morn­ing dur­ing a work­out.

The horse death was the fourth for Hol­len­dor­fer in a meet in which there were 30 deaths in train­ing or rac­ing at Santa Anita.

Hol­len­dor­fer was al­lowed to have stalls for the sub­se­quent nine-day meet at Los Alami­tos that ended Sun­day, but he was de­nied par­tic­i­pa­tion at meets this sum­mer by the New York Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, which re­versed it­self af­ter ini­tially say­ing it would al­low him at its tracks.

Del Mar has yet to com­ment on the Hol­len­dor­fer sit­u­a­tion. The com­plaint al­leges the trainer, who has raced horses at Del Mar for more than 30 years, was told by track of­fi­cials on June 28 that they would not be able to as­sign him stalls be­cause of “PR risks and con­sid­er­a­tions.”

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