An ongoing legal dispute between Presque Isle Downs and the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association saw a new development last week when PID filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the PAHBPA’s “unsupported allegations” from going to arbitration, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News.
The dispute centers around revenue-sharing of advanced deposit wagering dollars, which is laid out in a Live Racing Agreement between the PAHBPA and PID. PAHBPA has two complaints: first, that PID’s parent company Churchill Downs, Inc. is breaching the Live Racing Agreement by promoting its own ADW to on-track patrons, then not treating those wagers with the same return to the purse account as on-track wagers; and second, that the source market fee (from ADW bets made by in-state residents) agreed to by PID with CDI is too low compared to industry standards.
“PAHBPA’s asserted allegations of breach are nothing more than a money grab without legal merit,” the PID’s latest complaint contends. “Rather than raising questions as to PID’s compliance with the terms of the Live Racing Agreement, PAHBPA’s asserted allegations are an attempt to renegotiate through arbitration a long standing contractual provision, that with the benefit of hindsight and changed circumstances, they now disfavor. In essence, PAHBPA alleges that the source market fee received by PID from the collateral agreement is too low.”
Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.
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