Legal Issues

Former NYRA board member charged with stealing millions from investors

Timothy M. McGinn, a former board vice chairman of the New York Racing Association, has been charged in a federal indictment for defrauding investors of millions of dollars. McGinn and partner David L. Smith, who had been brokers for 30 years in Albany, were scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon on the 30-count indictment.  […]

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Assault charge dropped against Parx trainer Guerrero

An indecent assault charge against Pennsylvania trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero has been dropped after the District Attorney’s office determined that no crime had been committed. reported that prosecutors concluded the woman was “100 percent credible” but that Guerrero’s actions, while inappropriate, weren’t criminal.  The woman told police Guerrero pushed her into an office at […]

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Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation sues Mellon Estate over ‘campaign of vilification’

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court Thursday against the estate of the late Thoroughbred owner/breeder Paul Mellon, reports the Daily Racing Form.  Click here to view the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges the Mellon Estate and executor Frederick A. Terry Jr. “engaged in a campaign of vilification” against the TRF, […]

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West Virginia justices file dissenting opinion in Charles Town jockey case

Two West Virginia Supreme Court Justices have filed a dissenting opinion in a case in which the court ruled that Charles Town could not ban jockeys from the premises for failing to report overweight amounts, according to The State Journal. “There is absolutely no law, constitutional or otherwise, which gives to jockeys in West Virginia […]

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Trainer Biancone sues Strawbridge for defamation over ‘venom’ comment

Thoroughbred trainer Patrick Biancone has filed a defamation lawsuit against owner-breeder George Strawbridge, Jr. over comments Strawbridge made during an October speech at Keeneland Race Course, according to the Courthouse News Service. In the speech to the Thoroughbred Club of America on drugs in racing, Strawbridge said:  “We all know the story of a trainer […]

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Ehalt: Dutrow makes ‘mockery of the system’ with hot streak

At, Bob Ehalt points out that while trainer Rick Dutrow’s appeal of a 10-year ban in New York works its way through the legal system, Dutrow is on a scorching run at Aqueduct.  Through Wednesday, Dutrow is firing at a 57% clip, winning with eight of his first 14 starters: “Right now, it seems […]

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Trainer wins arbitration case against Charles Town over stall allocation

A three-panel American Arbitration Association board of arbitrators determined in a recent ruling that George Yetsook, a horse trainer for O’Sullivan Farms, who trains thoroughbred race horses at the Charles Town race track, had been discriminated against by PNGI Charles Town Gaming Limited Liability Company when it refused to allocate him stalls in December of […]

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Prominent Indiana horse racing figure fights ban from racetracks

The Indianapolis Business Journal looks at the legal battle in Indiana between a former car dealer who helped establish the state’s horse racing industry and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.  The commission has banned Ed Martin, Jr. (who is no relation to the RCI president) from the state’s tracks for conducting racing business without a […]

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Ask Ray: Dutrow, Frankel and those whip rules

Thanks to our good friend, John Scheinman, for giving me a breather and taking the editorial reins for the week of Oct. 10. Because of John’s always interesting perspective, along with the ongoing professional efforts of Brad Cummings, Scott Jagow, Mary Forney, and Frank Mitchell, the Paulick Report didn’t miss a beat with me taking […]

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