A San Diego Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and California Thoroughbred Trainers Friday afternoon granting a preliminary injunction and overturning the ban by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club against the Hall of Fame trainer preventing him from stabling or entering races at the Southern California racetrack.
Del Mar argued that the Hollendorfer ban was not an “arbitrary” but a business decision that Del Mar had the right to make because of potential monetary damage resulting from bad publicity they said would occur if Hollendorfer participated in racing there.
Hollendorfer was banished June 22 by officials at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. where he had four horses euthanized over a six-month period. He had another two fatalities at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California. Both tracks are owned by The Stronach Group, which gave no specific reason for their decision.
In his ruling, Judge Frazier said issuance of the preliminary injunction was based on two factors: the likelihood that the plaintiffs will ultimately prevail, and the fact that Hollendorfer would sustain irreparable damage.
Hollendorfer has been stabled at Los Alamitos, where he he was welcome to race race at the recent Thoroughbred meet would return to Del Mar as early as Sunday to watch some of his horses work.
A lawyer representing Hollendorfer said that Santa Anita is on their “radar” for possible legal action.
—HRI Staff edited from reports