Hagyard Davidson McGee Associations issued a statement Saturday in response to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court alleging it has been falsifying the dates that radiographs were taken on some horses about to be sold at Keeneland since 2006.
“Hagyard Equine Medical Institute believes the lawsuit filed Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court regarding several of Hagyard’s veterinarians is without merit and will demonstrate it is based on a fundamental misrepresentation of the facts,” the statement, issued through attorney Michael Casey, read. “We will vigorously address the misrepresentations and claims made in the suit through the proper legal channels.”
The defendants in the lawsuit include Hagyard and four of its veterinarians, Drs. Michael T. Hore, Robert J. Hunt, Dwayne Rodgerson and Michael Spirito. An accounting firm, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, which works with Hagyard in the areas of computer and information technology services, is also named as a defendant.
The primary plaintiff in the lawsuit is Midwestern based trainer Tom Swearingen, who has purchased 24 horses at Keeneland sales since 2007.