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Horseplayers Drop Owner Zedan From Medina Spirit Lawsuit

Medina Spirit never relinquished the lead in the long stretch battle, winning the Derby by a half length over Mandaloun, with Hot Rod Charlie third and previously unbeaten favorite Essential Quality fourth

A class-action federal lawsuit filed by a group of horseplayers has voluntarily dismissed owner Amr Zedan's racing stable “without prejudice” on June 23, though trainer Bob Baffert and his racing stable remain as defendants, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on May 14, the suit claims bettors were denied winning bets on the Kentucky Derby in which Baffert trainee Medina Spirit finished first, but now is in jeopardy of being disqualified after Baffert revealed the horse failed a post-race drug test.

The suit was filed by 2012 National Horseplayers Championship winner Michael Beychok of Louisiana; Justin Wunderler of New Jersey (known on Twitter as frequent Baffert critic @SwiftHitter); Michael Meegan of New York; and Keith Mauer of California. They allege they were denied winning bets on the Kentucky Derby in amounts ranging from $100 to as much as $100,000 because of Baffert's “multiple and repeated acts of doping and entering horses into Thoroughbred races, including the Kentucky Derby” that the complaint said constitutes “racketeering activity” under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and laws of the state of California, where Baffert and his stable are based.

Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.

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