Legal Issues

Dave Johnson Sues ‘St. Vincent’ Producers Over Use Of Iconic Racecalling Phrase

Retired racecaller Dave Johnson has filed a lawsuit against the makers of the 2014 film, St. Vincent, due to the use of his signature phrase “and down the stretch they come,” uttered by the film’s star, Bill Murray. According to Reuters, Johnson’s suit names distributor Weinstein Co., Chernin Entertainment and Crescendo Productions among others. Murray is […]

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Monmouth Park Operators Sue NFL, Other Sports Leagues Over Lost Revenue During Court Battle

The saga of sports betting in the U.S. took another turn Thursday, as the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, operator of Monmouth Park, filed a lawsuit against the four major sports leagues and the NCAA. The suit contends the leagues’ legal action to stop sports gambling in New Jersey cost Monmouth Park at least $150 […]

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Gorajec: Racing World Should Pay Attention To Pennsylvania Lawsuit

Racing jurisdictions around the globe should watch closely the proceedings of a lawsuit filed recently in Pennsylvania, writes Joe Gorajec, former executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Gorajec looks at the federal suit against Thomas Chuckas, Thoroughbred bureau director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission. The plaintiffs are four owners […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Murray Rojas Trial Casts Dark Shadow Over Racing

Horse racing lost 14 potential fans this past week in Pennsylvania. The 14 men and women are serving on the jury in the federal trial of Murray Rojas, the Penn National-based trainer charged on multiple counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and misbranding of drugs. When this case is over, I’m sure the racetrack is the […]

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Concern Runs Deep Over Florida’s ‘David Vs Goliath’ Decoupling Battle

The Florida Thoroughbred industry is on a roll. Breeding activity, severely impacted by the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, has stabilized and there are new investors in bloodstock and farms. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company hit a highwater mark in 2015, exceeding $150 million in gross receipts from six auctions of breeding stock, yearlings […]

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Dickinson Sues Keeneland: Alleges ‘Sham Corporation,’ Failure To Pay

Trainer Michael Dickinson has sued Keeneland Association in an attempt to collect $395,874.18 a federal judge ruled Dickinson is owed by Martin Collins Surfaces & Footings, the company that manufactured and sold the synthetic racing surface known as Polytrack and alleged in the lawsuit to be the “alter ego and sham corporation” of Keeneland, the […]

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Finley Protest Moves Forward, Says NYTHA Election ‘Utterly Compromised’

In a statement submitted to board members of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the attorney for Terry Finley outlines the reasons why the recent NYTHA election results should be set aside and a new election for president of the organization should be held. Finley lost the election to incumbent Rick Violette by a vote […]

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Penn National Arrests: One Year Later

It’s been a year since three trainers and a clocker at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., were indicted on federal criminal charges in a wide-ranging investigation that remains active to this day, according to sources. What’s happened since last Nov. 20, when a federal grand jury issued indictments against trainers Samuel Webb, David Wells, […]

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Law Firm Claims NYRA Owes Nearly $4 Million in Legal Fees

Like an old wound that won’t heal, the Getnick & Getnick law firm retained by prior management of the New York Racing Association as business integrity council went to U.S. Bankruptcy Court recently in an attempt to collect $3.9 million it said the association owes in legal fees. The 2007 hiring of Getnick & Getnick […]

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Something Rotten in Louisiana? HBPA President Loses Authority in ‘Power Move’

“Usually, if it stinks it’s rotten.” Those were the words of Benard Chatters, who was elected president of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association in April but had virtually all of his powers stripped during a special board meeting less than two months later. This is the same HBPA that was the subject of a […]

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