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Remington Park: Racehorse trainers lose reinstatement bid

Four trainers accused of doping and banned by Remington Park lost their bid to be reinstated in time for the spring quarter horse season.
by Ed Godfrey Published: March 7, 2013
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Four racehorse trainers accused of doping and banned by Remington Park lost their bid to be reinstated in time for the spring quarter horse season.

Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves denied the trainers' request for a temporary restraining order, ruling that Remington Park had “just cause” to deny them access to the racetrack.

The trainers — Robert Dimitt, Rodney Harmon, Jeffery Heath Reed and Karl Broberg — are accused of doping horses in Oklahoma or other states. Remington Park barred them from participating in the spring quarter horse season.

The racehorse trainers filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court earlier this month, arguing they should not be prevented from racing horses at Remington Park until their cases are resolved and all of their appeals were exhausted.

They sought a temporary restraining order against the racetrack.

Graves, however, ruled that no evidence was presented to him that requires Remington Park to hold a hearing before it can exercise its right to deny access to anyone for just cause.

Oklahoma City attorney John Mac Hayes said he will continue to pursue legal action against Remington Park on behalf of the racehorse trainers.

“My clients Mr. Dimitt and Mr. Reed have been convicted of nothing, but they are being excluded from practicing their profession without being provided a hearing where they can defend themselves,” Hayes said.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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