Derby Protestor Spared Jail Time After 18-Week Sentence Suspended

Ben Newman, who was filmed running onto the Epsom Downs course after the Derby had started and was subsequently apprehended by security in June, was spared jail time after his 18 weeks of imprisonment was suspended for two years, Sky Sports reported on Thursday. The defendant, 32 and part of  protest group Animal Rising, was also fined a total of £1,356. The defendant entered a guilty plea at Guildford Crown Court for causing a public nuisance. The judge criticised Newman for "endangering" the lives of police and security stationed around...

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Injunction Granted to Curb Derby Disruption

Following forewarned threats of action from the protest group Animal Rising during the Derby meeting, The Jockey Club, which owns Epsom Downs Racecourse, has been granted a High Court injunction in which prohibits acts of intentional disruption. Granted after a hearing on Friday, the injunction prohibits individuals from entering onto the racetrack and carrying out other acts which would intentionally disrupt the races. This includes disruptive action in the parade ring and on the horse walk out to the track, throwing objects onto the course, and intentionally endangering any person...

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Texas Judge Says No to ADMC Injunction

The Texas judge handling the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) constitutionality lawsuit that is trying to halt the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) on Wednesday refused to grant an injunction that would delay the May 22 implementation of the Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) program. In issuing his order, United States District Court Judge James Wesley Hendrix of the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock Division) pointed out that it is the second time in two weeks that he has informed the plaintiffs in a court order that...

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HISA, FTC Link Grim Headlines to HBPA's Desire for 'Status Quo'

In two separate court filings Thursday, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) Authority and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) both sharply criticized the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA)'s decision to seek an injunction that would delay the May 22 implementation of the Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) program. What stood out was that neither the HISA Authority nor the FTC shied from trying to link the NHBPA's desire to maintain the "status quo" to the grim headlines that have dominated the sport over the past week. "Seven...

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Baffert Denied Injunction To Race in Derby; CDI Prevails In 5 of 6 Counts for Dismissal

A federal judge on Friday denied Bob Baffert a preliminary injunction that the Hall of Fame trainer had sought to be eligible to race in this year's GI Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI), the defendant in Baffert's year-old lawsuit, also scored a legal victory when Judge Rebecca Jennings of United States District Court (Western District of Kentucky) granted the gaming corporation's motion to dismiss the case on five of the six counts that CDI had argued. Baffert was attempting to reverse the second year of a two-year ban by...

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Does HISA Injunction Hint at Eventual Rules Rewrite?

One day after a preliminary injunction handed down by a federal judge halted the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) Authority's rules from being implemented in the states of Louisiana and West Virginia, Thoroughbred industry participants and legal experts continued to sift through the order seeking clues for how the judge in the case might eventually rule on a national level as the civil suit continues its journey through the legal system. Although the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) isn't a party to the suit filed in United...

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Hollendorfer Denied Injunction to Race at Santa Anita This Winter

In a hearing conducted Friday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer--barred from The Stronach Group (TSG)-owned facilities since June of 2019 due to a number of equine fatalities in his care amid the well-publicized Santa Anita welfare crisis--was not granted a prohibitory injunction to be able to enter and race horses under his name at Santa Anita for the upcoming 2021-2022 winter/spring meet. According to Hollendorfer's attorney, Drew Couto, "the judge declined the motion saying that although it asked for a prohibitory injunction, in the court's...

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