IN AUGUST 2018 we reported about an intriguing case which had been opened in America.
Jeffrey Tretter, noted as an experienced gambler, sued trainer Robert Bresnahan junior in a bid to retrieve more than $30,000 in lost wagering returns.
Tretter lodged his case in New Jersey’s US District Court and set out to prove Bresnahan cost him a collect when his runner Tag Up And Go caused an upset at The Meadowlands in 2016.
Through an online betting site, Tretter placed wagers on a ‘first four’ styled bet, but missed when Tag Up And Go scored.
Tretter’s selections filled the next four positions across the finish.
It was later revealed Tag Up And Go tested positive for EPO and was subsequently disqualified. Bresnahan was also found guilty and disqualified.
While the placings where amended and prizemoney redistributed, punters such as Tretter received no compensation.
The lawsuit alleged Bresnahan was fraudulent in his duties, with claims the positive swab violates federal and state anti-racketeering law.
In a counter to the lawsuit, Bresnahan’s lawyers planned a libel case if Tretter doesn’t retract his action and apologise to Bresnahan!
Fast forward to August 2020 and the case has been finalised, with Tretter receiving $20,000 in the settlement.
Part of the agreement is Tretter will donate $7500 to a racehorse rehoming program as his lawsuit was financial backed by PETA.
“We faced a lot of opposition because of the precedent involved,” Tretter said in a pres statement.
“But I hope this will open the door for others to come forward and hold those responsible accountable for their blatant cheating at tracks across North America.
“Bettors must organize and go after the cheats for every verifiable dime that was lost.”
The case could set a precedent, and perhaps one day reach Australia, for punters to file lawsuits against a trainer for loss of winnings.