Los Angeles County Judge Mary Strobel has denied trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's motion for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed him to race horses at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Stronach Group banned Hollendorfer from all its tracks on June 22, a ban which was echoed by Del Mar, but the trainer won a similar lawsuit earlier this year in order to run at Del Mar.
On Friday, the Breeders' Cup announced that it would honor The Stronach Group's ban and not accept entries from Hollendorfer for the World Championships, to be held at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 and 2. He had two probable contenders for the Breeders' Cup: Vasilika for the Filly & Mare Turf, and Danuska's My Girl for the Filly & Mare Sprint.
Hollendorfer's ban by The Stronach Group came after the Hall of Fame conditioner had a fourth fatal injury in six months at Santa Anita when American Currency fractured his sesamoids while training in the morning of June 22. Santa Anita was under intense scrutiny by media, regulators and state, local and national politicians because of a spike in deaths during the winter racing season.
“Breeders' Cup leads by example in the conduct of Thoroughbred racing at the highest levels of safety and integrity for its athletes,” said a statement from the Breeders' Cup. “We have partnered with Santa Anita to implement extensive reforms related to medication practices, testing protocols, veterinary exams, injury management, onsite requirements and racing surface testing in preparation for the 2019 World Championships. Earlier this year, the Stronach Group made the decision to prohibit Jerry Hollendorfer from participating at all TSG-owned tracks, including Santa Anita. As announced by the Chairman of the Board, Fred Hertrich, and consistent with Santa Anita's position as host of this year's World Championships, we will honor their house rule and Jerry Hollendorfer will not be permitted to enter horses at this year's event.”
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.
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