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Kentucky Counter-Claim In Churchill Lawsuit

Thursday, 31st July 2008

Meanwhile the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association "has formally filed a counter-claim in the US federal antitrust lawsuit brought by Churchill Downs Inc & affiliates, and has joined with other defendants asking for their dismissal from the case," reported bloodhorse.com. The KHBPA (one of several entities & individuals named as defendants in the suit) cites damages "of at least US$5 million allegedly related to unpaid revenues from the racetrack company's twinspires.com advance deposit wagering enterprise & for the 'retaliatory' 20% purse cut implemented during the recent Churchill Downs Spring/Summer meet". In answering charges of illegal collusion & price-fixing by the defendants (who also include the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group & various affiliated officers) the KHBPA claims CDI "breached terms of its 2006 contract by not paying an estimated US$3 million in revenues on wagers made through twinspires.com since the ADW was launched in May 2007". The counter-claim also said CDI owes Kentucky horsemen "at least US$2 million in underpaid purses & damages for races run in the first 2 weeks after the cut was implemented & before the meet's final condition books were published to reflect the adjustment".

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