Case against trainer, owner settled, with donation to SRF
June 26, 2020
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On Friday afternoon (June 26), a long and unsuccessful witch hunt against our clients, Bob Bresnahan and Len Sodowsky, came to an end. After spending over a million dollars in legal fees and sending out dozens of subpoenas, PETA, by settling, finally acknowledged that it never really had a case against Mr. Bresnahan and Mr. Sodowsky and settled on behalf of gambler Jeffrey Tretter for the paltry sum of $12,500.
Additionally, as part of the settlement and mandated by Mr. Sodowsky, a donation of $7,500 will be made to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.
Paying the legal fees out of their own pockets these last three years, Bob and Len stood up for horsemen and horsewomen everywhere against the limitless funds of PETA in its unique attempt to find another way to put an end to horse racing. Bob’s contention that he never raced Tag Up And Go in January of 2016 on any performance-enhancing drugs would have proven successful, and the flimsy RICO claims made against Mr. Bresnahan and Mr. Sadowsky fell apart. This is an enormous victory for the horse racing community.
The case by Tretter was based on the gambler's assertion that if the Bresnahan-trained, Sadowsky horse was not in the race, the payoffs would have been different and thus he was deprived of a big payoff for his wagers. (with files from the law firm of BARDSLEY, BENEDICT + CHOLDEN LLP)