It has been reported that owner of a harness racehorse is preparing to file a lawsuit against a major North American Standardbred raceway after his horse was injured in a winter race and had to be euthanized.
An article by the Observer Reporter states that a lawyer representing horse owner Michael Puff filed a writ of summons this week which blames CCR Pennsylvania Racing Inc. and the Washington Trotting Association for the death of his horse, Little Bit Tricky, after the mare broke its leg in a Feb. 4, 2013 race, which was contested in ‘snowy’ conditions at the Meadows and had to be euthanized.
The report has quoted Puff’s attorney, Kenneth Burkley, as saying, “…Needless to say, there are pecuniary damages for the result. It was really bad (track) conditions and they shouldn’t have had them racing or taken better care of the track.”
The article states that the Washington Trotting Association holds the license to sanction races at the Meadows, while the track operator is CCR Pennsylvania Racing Inc. The article states that both entities are subsidiaries of Cannery Casino Resorts.
The report states that the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission had investigated the accident and deemed the mare’s broken leg to be the result of taking a bad step.
(With files from the Observer Reporter)