Del Mar Status For Hollendorfer Unclear Week Before Meet Begins

by | 07.09.2019 | 2:18pm
California-based Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has been told he will not be allowed to run horses at the 2019 Del Mar meeting, according to the Daily Racing Form, but reports from other media outlets are not as definitive.

“Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was informed by Del Mar officials during a meeting late Monday that the track was not willing to let him run horses at its meet that begins next week,” wrote Daily Racing Form's national correspondent Jay Privman.

“Del Mar is unwilling to take a public-relations risk is the easiest summary of it,” Hollendorfer's attorney, Drew Couto, told Privman. “But that's not a valid basis to deny a license.”

However, later Tuesday, Joe Harper, CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, told Bill Finley of Thoroughbred Daily News, “We've had a couple of meetings and the ball is in Jerry's court. We are still looking to come up with an agreement that both Jerry Hollendorfer and Del Mar can agree to.”

Couto, while saying the Daily Racing Form article was accurate, told Bob Ehalt of Bloodhorse.com, “You can't get clarity to me on the situation because it's not clear to me. It's not clear to anyone. The entire situation is unclear. To say there's an official anything is unclear.”

Hollendorfer declined to comment when reached by Ehalt.

The Hall of Fame trainer was asked to remove his horses from all Stronach-owned tracks on June 22, including Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. Four horses trained by Hollendorfer were euthanized after racing or training accidents during the winter-sprint Santa Anita meeting that began Dec. 26, 2016. A total of 30 horses died during that time frame. Hollendorfer had two fatalities at Golden Gate Fields during the same time frame.

Los Alamitos opened its doors to Hollendorfer's horses, and the trainer has started eight horses at that meeting with one winner.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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