A horse racing team in California is facing a $6 million civil suit alleging it failed to adequately train its employees, including some who were not licensed to race.
The suit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, accuses the Southern California Racing Commission of failing to train its trainers to properly train horses in accordance with state and federal rules.
The allegations come as the horse industry faces mounting scrutiny over the deadly crash at the track that killed two people.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that the Southern CA Racing Commission failed to properly supervise its trainers as required by state and national racing rules, and it failed, in the past two years, to adequately educate its staffs on how to safely conduct themselves while in training.
It was filed by the Southern Californian Horse Racing Association, the California Racing Industry Association, Horsemen of Southern California and the California Horsemen Association.
The group representing Southern California’s horse racing industry has also filed a similar lawsuit.
The Los Angeles Times reported the lawsuit in February that a team of 12 horses had not been trained properly since 2008.
A spokesman for the Southern Calif.
Racing Commission told the Los Angeles Examiner that the agency had not yet responded to the lawsuit.
He also noted that the lawsuit was being filed on behalf of the Southern Cali Racing Association.