Horse players drop owner Zidane from spirit of the city suit – Horse Racing News

City Spirit didn’t concede the lead in a long battle, winning the derby by half length over the Mandalon, with Hot Rod Charlie in third and previously unbeaten favorite Essential Quality fourth.

A federal class action lawsuit brought by a group of horse players voluntarily expelled racing stable owner Amr Zeidan “without prejudice” on June 23, though coach Bob Baffert and his racing stable remain as defendants, according to reports. Aseel Daily News.

The suit was filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California on May 14, with the suit claiming that bookmakers were denied winning bets in the Kentucky Derby in which Baffert’s trainee Medina Spirit finished first, but is now at risk of disqualification after Baffert revealed the horse failed to Drug testing after the race.

The suit was brought by Michael Peschuk, the 2012 National Horse Riders Championship winner from Louisiana; Justin Wonderler of New Jersey (known on Twitter as frequent Baffert critic @SwiftHitter); Michael Megan from New York; Keith Mawr from California. They claim they were denied winning bets in the Kentucky Derby in amounts ranging from $100 to $100,000 due to Baffert’s “multiple and repeated acts of doping and introducing horses to Thoroughbred races, including the Kentucky Derby,” which the complaint said constituted “blackmail of the showrunners.” Activity “under the Federal Act of Racketeer Affected and Corrupt Organizations and the laws of the State of California, where Baffert is located and is based.

Read more in Aseel Daily News.

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