The Penn Record May 31, 2016, 7:39pm


HARRISBURG — A horse trainer is suing Walter Remmert and Sam Elliott, racing officials, citing alleged violation of civil rights.

Ramon Preciado filed a complaint on April 26, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Ocala Division against the defendants, alleging that they violated the 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, since April, he has been deprived of his constitutionally protected interests including his rights to utilize his license as a thoroughbred race horse trainer, and alleges that he was ejected because a disgruntled employee gave horses drugs without his knowledge. He has suffered irreparable harm and a damaged reputation, he claims. The plaintiff holds Walter Remmert, executive secretary and bureau director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, and Sam Elliott, racing secretary of Parx Racing, responsible because the defendants allegedly ejected him from Parx Race Track for a period of three years and prevented him and his horses from entering Parx.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation for damages, including for allegedly destroying his business, punitive damages, attorney's fees, costs and expenses and such other relief as the court deems proper. He is represented by Alan Pincus of Alan Pincus Law Firm in Grantville.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case number 1:16-cv-00692

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