Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, along with the California Thoroughbred Trainers organization (CTT), have filed a civil complaint again Del Mar racetrack for being denied stalls at the summer meet that begins Wednesday.
Thoroughbred Daily News reported that Hollendorfer's attorneys would be in a San Diego court Thursday seeking an immediate restraining order to allow the trainer stalls and entries at the meet. Darrel Vienna, lawyer for the CTT, told TDN it could be a difficult battle to win.
“I think we have substantial arguments to support obtaining one, but I would say the odds are against us,” Vienna said. “That's based on what I've seen, that the courts hate to intervene. I'm hoping that won't be the case.”
Prior to having stalls denied at Del Mar, Hollendorfer was banned from racing at Stronach Group-owned tracks, following the fourth fatality under his care at the Santa Anita meet. The New York Racing Association then said he was welcome to race at NYRA tracks but reversed that decision a week later.
Hollendorfer has no current violations and no explanation has been given publicly for the bans at Del Mar and in New York. Vienna said denying Hollendorfer stalls for public relations concerns violates an agreement between the CTT and the Del Mar Turf Club.
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