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Breeders’ Cup bans Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer

Breeders' Cup-Hollendorfer Banned

FILE - In this March 22, 2014, file photo, horse trainer Jerry Hollendorfer stands in the paddock at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. The Hall of Fame trainer is banned from entering horses in the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, where he was barred earlier this year. Fred Hertrich, chairman of the Breeders’ Cup board, said Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, that it would honor Santa Anita’s house rule and not allow Hollendorfer to enter horses in the event Nov. 1-2. (AP Photo/Garry Jones, File)

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is banned from entering horses in the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, where he was barred earlier this year.

Fred Hertrich, chairman of the Breeders’ Cup board, said Friday that it would honor Santa Anita’s house rule and not allow Hollendorfer to enter horses in the event Nov. 1-2.

The Stronach Group, whose track ownership includes Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco Bay area, ordered Hollendorfer off the grounds after six horses - four at Santa Anita and two at Golden Gate - died under his care earlier this year. Santa Anita had 30 horses die during its winter-spring meet.

At the time, TSG said the 73-year-old trainer was “no longer welcome to stable, race, or train his horses at any of our facilities.”

Hollendorfer’s attorney, Drew Couto, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Los Alamitos in Orange County welcomed Hollendorfer during its summer meet, with track owner Edward Allred saying, “We do not feel he should be a scapegoat for a problem which derives from a number of factors.”

Hollendorfer won a request for a temporary restraining order that allowed him to run horses at Del Mar during the summer.

But he lost a similar request in Los Angeles Superior Court to race at Santa Anita’s fall meet.