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