It has been reported that a settlement has been reached between a Standardbred handicapper and former connections of Tag Up And Go.
Tag Up And Go triggered the eventual lawsuit in 2016 when he won a race at the Meadowlands Racetrack on January 15. It was later found that Tag Up And Go produced a positive EPO test, which led to a subsequent lawsuit from the handicapper in 2018.
In his lawsuit, the handicapper in question, Jeffrey Tretter, from Illinois, had been seeking more than $31,000 from Tag Up And Go's trainer at the time, Robert Bresnahan Jr., and Tag Up And Go's owner at the time, J.L. Sadowsky.
Tag Up And Go won the January 15, 2016 race at odds of 11-1. Tretter’s lawsuit stated that he had correctly selected the horses that finished second through fifth in the race. According to the suit, Tretter’s wagers would have earned him $31,835 if Tag Up And Go had been disqualified.
Tretter’s suit alleged that Bresnahan and the horse’s ownership group at the time committed fraud and were guilty of violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
A report on ESPN.com explains that a settlement in the case was reached last month (July 2020) but was just made public today (Wednesday, August 11). The report states that the three parties negotiated that Tretter receive a $20,000 settlement. Tretter will be donating $7,500 from the settlement monies to a racehorse adoption program.
According to the settlement, the agreement does not constitute an admission of liability from Bresnahan and Sadowsky. Additionally, the settlement stipulates that there will be no future claims relating to the matter.
Tretter's lawsuit was financed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
(With files from ESPN.com)