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Punter Sues Owner & Trainer

Interesting precedent setting victory for the small man

A US punter has reached an out of court settlement after suing a harness racing owner and trainer after cheating him out of their winning when their doped horse won a race in 2016.

Punter Jeffrey Tretter sued trainer Robert Bresnahan Jr and owner J L Sadowsky after their horse Tag Up And Go tested positive for EPO in out of competition testing soon after winning a race at the Meadowlands track in January 2016.

Tretter took a first four bet on the race. He had the four horses that finished behind Tag Up And Go in the race with a dividend of $31,835 payable had his bet not been upset by the ‘winner’.

Tag Up And Go was later disqualified from the race but Tretter went to the U.S. District Court in New Jersey to chase his cash.

He found an unlikely ally to bankroll his case with the controversial animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) bankrolling his legal bills as part of its campaign against “illegal horse doping”.

Tretter’s lawsuit accused Bresnahan and Tag Up And Go’s owners of anti-racketeering laws, including the RICO Act, which has been used against the mafia, the Hells Angels and even football body FIFA.

Lawyers reached a settlement last week. Bresnahan and Sadowsky will pay Tretter $20,000 with $7500 of that amount to be donated to a racehorse adoption program.

The settlement also stipulates Bresnahan and Sadowsky do not admit liability in the case.

“We faced a lot of opposition because of the precedent involved, but I hope this will open the door for others to come forward and hold those responsible accountable for their blatant cheating at tracks across North America,” Tretter said in a statement to ESPN.

“Bettors must organize and go after the cheats for every verifiable dime that was lost.”

Bresnahan’s attorney Andrew Benedict told ESPN that PETA’s deeper pockets forced his client to settle the case out of court.

“It was rough for us to defend this case on all fronts, because of the amount of money that PETA was pouring into it,” Benedict said.

“It shows they had no evidence of criminal wrongdoing or they wouldn’t have settled so cheaply.”


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8 comments on “Punter Sues Owner & Trainer

  1. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    There should be a lot more of this here in SA then they might investigate the outrageous non stop games that go on…..The games they play with owners and punters but I know this will be shouted down because you cannot disturb the status quo, blind loyalty to the “industry” will prevail, a bit like the ANC and its cohorts….

  2. DEAN DEMONT says:

    It’s an utter disgrace how punters, especially owners get treated by the NHA. Everytime there is a grievance of some sort and an astute owner wants to make his voice heard, they get pushed aside like a disease. If it wasn’t for owners buying racehorses, there would be nothing for us punters to bet on!! It’s time the whole cabinet of powers that be,must all take a package and leave. It’s a dying game because of the people running it. Time to boycott a meeting or two and let us punters and owners be heard. The old saying applies, two heads are better than 1, and I firmly believe a meeting should be called with punters and owners to sit with heads of the game and we should put our grievances out there to change this game before it’s too late.

  3. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Nicely done Dean Demont,,only problem is that we’ll need to wait until Patrick Davis decides to leave home from the UK..It’s No secret that the man is running SA horseracing from his home in the UK…I’ll never understand but never understand what the man is doing in the UK where he should be (HANDS ON) in SA…Now you understand why racing is sliding down hill at a rapid pace…I’m more than willing to help Patrick Davis out with a lift from the airport when he finally arrives back from the UK if need be,,I’ll be saving him time and uber fair money…Pls Hurry Up Patrick Davis,,Stable Rentals Need To Be Dropped Immediately (ASAP) We Can’t Afford To Loose Any More Owner’s..God Bless Horseracing 🙈🙈🙈😢😢😢

  4. Jay August says:

    Let’s carry the thought experiment on this page a bit further. Let’s also add the post on crop usage by jockeys into the equation.

    Jockey Richard Fourie is fined in the July for using the crop 17 times on Belgarion. I have a large wager on Got The Greenlight and feel that Belgarion should have been disqualified, and I should have won my wager.

    I team up with PETA to sue jockey Fourie for his usage of the crop more than 12 times. The sheer weight of resources at PETA’s disposal force jockey Fourie into a settlement.

    Is this the type of unsettling of the status quo the commentariat have in mind?

    Be careful what you wish for!

  5. Marina Munro says:

    Does anyone have news about what happened to jockey Charles Ndlovu and the horse, Too Cute, he was riding at Fairview that fell down?

    1. Editor says:

      Charles Ndlovu reportedly okay
      Sadly his mount was euthenized

  6. Rudi. Els says:

    The suffered a heart attack charles fine

  7. Santoro says:

    It is about time we punters follow suit to take action against corrupt Owners, Trainers, Jockeys,and Betting Syndicates, that make Horse Racing their personal past time and only benefit a selected few in the manipulation of racing.
    We need everybody to take a stance against corruption.
    There are Owners, Trainers, Jockeys and Betting establishments that apply themselves with integrity, why should they suffer, for this industry to survive we need ‘Whistleblowers’.

    You will be the true heroes, lets clean up this industry and let fairness prevail. I know it maybe just a pipe dream lets start make it real.

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