Judge: Del Mar must al­low Hol­len­dor­fer to train, race horses at track

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

SAN DIEGO — Jerry Hol­len­dor­fer will be al­lowed to train horses at Del Mar after a rul­ing by a San Diego Su­pe­rior Court judge was af­firmed in a hear­ing Fri­day morn­ing.

In a three-page ten­ta­tive rul­ing filed Thurs­day, Judge Ron­ald Fra­zier con­cluded the Del Mar Thor­ough­bred Club should not deny Hol­len­dor­fer’s stall ap­pli­ca­tion or his abil­ity to en­ter his horses in races “un­til fair pro­ce­dure can be com­pleted, in the form of ar­bi­tra­tion as per the Race Meet Agree­ment.”

Hol­len­dor­fer, a 73-year-old Hall of Fame trainer, was in­formed by Del Mar man­age­ment in late June that he would not be af­forded stall space for the sum­mer meet­ing that be­gan July 17.

In a com­plaint filed July 15 that asked the judge to is­sue a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der, Hol­len­dor­fer’s San Diego-based lawyer, Drew Couto, ar­gued that un­der the Race Meet Agree­ment Del Mar had with the Cal­i­for­nia Thor­ough­bred Train­ers (CTT), a dis­pute between the trainer and the track needed to be heard by an in­de­pen­dent hear­ing of­fi­cer.

Couto con­tended Hol­len­dor­fer was not be­ing al­lowed access to Del Mar for “PR risks and con­sid­er­a­tions.”

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