Harness Bettor Awarded $20,000 Settlement From Trainer Of Horse Disqualified Due To Doping

In a Jan. 15, 2016 race at the Meadowlands, Tag Up and Go crossed the wire in front. A post-race test and investigation subsequently revealed that trainer Robert Bresnahan Jr. had allegedly been treating Tag Up And Go with EPO.

According to the Thoroughbred Daily News, bettor Jeffrey Tretter filed a lawsuit against Bresnahan and owner J.L. Sadowsky in 2018, alleging violations of the RICO act. Tretter claimed that his selections in the race finished second, third, fourth, and fifth, and that had they not been beaten by the doped horse, he would have won over $31,000.

In July, the parties settled outside of court for $20,000, of which Tretter will donate $7,500 to the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. This is believed to be the first lawsuit of its kind, and while a judge did not rule and no official precedent was set, it may open to door for other bettors to bring similar lawsuits.

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

Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.

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