Suit Filed Against Commission

Published: July 14, 2011 02:52 pm EDT

The Lexington Herald-Leader has reported that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has had a lawsuit brought up against it in regard to its current claiming rule.

The article states that a California horse owner by the name of Jerry Jamgotchian is looking to “seek the immediate rescission of the KHRC's claiming rule."

In his own words, Jamgotchian explained that he filed the suit because it the KHRC rule "violates commerce clause provisions, as contained in the United States Constitution. This action was required because the KHRC refused to voluntarily rescind its illegal claiming rule and is using the board's enforcement power to shake down, threaten and harass Kentucky owners and trainers who want to race their claimed horses in other states."

The article explains that the owner had claimed a horse at Churchill Downs on May 21, but was then barred from entering it in a Pennsylvania race until the Churchill meet concluded.

(With files from The Lexington Herald-Leader)