Barred Gill suing Delaware Park, Gulfstream

April 11, 2003|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Michael Gill, the nation's leading thoroughbred owner who was recently barred from several racetracks, has filed two lawsuits in U.S. District Court of New Hampshire against Delaware Park, Gulfstream Park, officials at the tracks and two trainers.

Gill, a resident of New Hampshire, filed the suits Wednesday. He stables about 100 horses at Laurel Park and the Bowie Training Center, but has been prohibited from stabling horses at several other tracks.

Gill has been criticized for aggressive claiming tactics and suspected of administering performance-enhancing drugs to his horses.

One of the lawsuits alleges that Delaware Park's track president, William Rickman; racing secretary, Sam Abbey, and trainers Scott Lake and Allen Iwinski colluded to drive Gill out of racing. Delaware Park barred Gill from stabling or racing horses there.

The second lawsuit charges that Gulfstream Park and its president, Scott Savin, provided misleading information to Sports Illustrated for a March 10 article about Gill headlined "Nagging Questions."

"There is only one reason Michael Gill has been prevented from racing at Delaware Park," said Alex Walker, Gill's lawyer. "He wins."

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