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Thread #90537   Message #1717157
Posted By: DannyC
13-Apr-06 - 08:30 AM
Thread Name: Happy! - Apr 13 (G Fawkes / T Jefferson)
Subject: RE: Happy! - Apr 13 (G Fawkes / T Jefferson)

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Name of Filly

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Thoroughbred racehorse
owner who sued to name one of his fillies after Sally Hemings, a
colonial era slave who was reputed to be a mistress of Thomas
Jefferson, the third president of the United States and author of
the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

In a ruling dated Sept. 16, U.S. District Senior Judge Karl Forester
sided with The Jockey Club and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority,
two groups that had asked that the suit be thrown out.

Garrett Redmond, a Paris, Ky., farmer, sued the racing authority and
The Jockey Club in May after a request to name the horse for Hemings
was denied. The Jockey Club regulates the naming of Thoroughbred

Redmond had argued the denial had deprived him of his rights under
the U.S. Constitution. Redmond said he plans to appeal Forester's
decision to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati,

"Everything I've heard is I've won the case in public opinion, so
The Jockey Club is going to do its damnedest to keep it from being
heard (in court)," Redmond said.

In order to be eligible to race at a track in Kentucky, a
Thoroughbred must have a name that has been accepted by The Jockey
Club, said Jim Gallagher, executive director of the racing
authority. Redmond claimed the rule amounted to an improper
delegation of power by the state to The Jockey Club, because the
authority was relying on that organization's Thoroughbred
registration information, but Forester rejected that argument.

Said Jockey Club president Alan Marzelli Forester's ruling "upheld
our right as a private organization to make and enforce rules. Those
rules are for the integrity of racing...and the responsibility falls
upon us to enforce those rules."

Gallagher had no comment on the decision.

The dam of Redmond's 2-year-old filly is Jefferson's Secret, whose
sire is Colonial Affair. Redmond believes the name "Sally Hemings"
would be a natural for a horse of such lineage.