Legal Issues

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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Maryland Jockey Wesley Ho Indicted on Sex Offense Charges

Authorities have revealed a four-count indictment against Maryland-based jockey, Wesley Ho, for having consensual sex with underage girls. The 28-year-old, who lives in Columbia, Md., was indicted by a Frederick County Grand Jury on three counts of 3rd degree sex offense and one count of 2nd degree rape, according to a news release. Investigators concluded […]

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Feds Bust Meth Ring Operating Out of Iowa Thoroughbred Farm

A drug ring based in part at an Iowa Thoroughbred farm was busted last month, and one of the special agents investigating the case said it was a “Mexican cartel” type of operation infiltrating horse-related businesses at an increasing rate. A sting set up by the federal agents and the Mid Iowa Narcotics Enforcement (MINE) […]

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$2.1 Million Mare at Center of Lawsuit Over Sale

A pregnant mare who sold for $2.1 million at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale is at the center of a dispute over whether her owners and consignor were aware that she may have had laminitis when she entered the sale ring. The mare, then-3-year-old Love Me Only, is a half-sister to the European […]

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Court upholds Kentucky claiming restriction

A circuit court judge in Kentucky upheld the state’s racing commission regulation restricting claimed horses from competing at other tracks until the meeting from which the horse was claimed is over. The rule was challenged last year by California-based owner Jerry Jamgotchian, who said the rule violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Franklin […]

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Veitch sues to get his job back, suspension lifted

Former Kentucky chief steward John Veitch has filed a lawsuit seeking to be reinstated in his old job and receive damages for lost income and attorney’s fees.  The suit, filed in Franklin Circuit Court, asks that a one-year suspension imposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission also be reversed.  Veitch was fired in November, and […]

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Parx: Female jockey sues jockey Vaz over sexual advances

A female jockey who rides at Parx Racing in Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against fellow jockey, 28-year-old Eriluis Vaz, over a December incident in the track’s female jockeys’ room. In the complaint, 23-year-old Kristina McManigell alleges that Vaz made sexual advances toward her three times Dec. 7, including while she was undressing and taking […]

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Second former Louisiana horsemen’s group official gets 13-month prison term

A second former leader of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association was sentenced to prison Friday for her role in an election fraud scheme.  The group’s former executive director, 53-year-old Mona Hebert Romero, was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison. Romero’s sentence came one day after former LHBPA president Sean Alfortish received a […]

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Former Louisiana horsemen’s group president gets nearly four years in prison

The former president of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in prison for conspiring to rig the group’s elections, then defrauding the association for his personal benefit. 44-year-old Sean Alfortish was also ordered to pay $105,105 in restitution in addition to the 46-month prison term, according to […]

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