According to a report, the Meadowlands Racetrack's 2011 leading trainer, Lou Pena, has filed suit against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and Jeff Gural after the track opted to bar the conditioner from entering his horses at the famed East Rutherford, NJ oval
An article by John Brennan in The Bergen Record cites the lawsuit as stating that Pena has been banned from the track, "for no apparent reason other than that Pena is winning so many races."
The report states that Pena-trained horses have produced multiple post-race positive tests in the past, but that the New Jersey Racing Commission conducted a month-long investigation into Pena-trained horses in 2010. According to Pena's suit, the investigation saw blood pulled on 58 of Pena's charges, while his horses' feed and veterinary treatments were scrutinized as well. No major infractions were turned up from the probe.
The article quotes Gural, the new operator of the Meadowlands Racetrack, as saying that Pena is not the only trainer that has been barred from entering horses to race at the track.
(With files from The Bergen Record)