Harness group sues Hollywood Park

October 21, 1990|By Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- The Western Standardbred Association has filed suit against Hollywood Park, seeking $81 million in damages for the thoroughbred track's alleged attempt to kill harness racing in Southern California.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, said Hollywood Park Operating Company and Hollywood Park Realty "were engaged in a wrongful plan and program to curtail the competitive opportunities for harness racing in Southern California and eliminate harness racing in Southern California."

Irving Reifman, an attorney for Western Standardbred, said: "One of the main incidents was last year when Hollywood Park took away five weeks of harness racing at Los Alamitos and, secretly, by contract, gave it to the quarter-horse industry."

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