Philly Park Stewards Reviewing Scuffle Between Owners, Trainer

Philadelphia Park's leading trainer, Scott Lake, and owners Eric and Gregg Fral, who race under the banner E & G Stables, were involved in an altercation June 19 in the trainer's viewing stand near the paddock.

The scuffle erupted after E & G, which formerly owned horses trained by Lake, dropped a claim slip for the Lake-trained Gem's Wager in the fourth race, and occurred in full view of a large crowd of patrons on Father's Day. Witnesses said a security guard separated the combatants after several punches were thrown. Bensalem Police arrived after the fight was over and made no arrests.

"We're aware of the incident," steward Sam Boulmetis Jr. said. "We are waiting for a report from security, and as soon as we get it, a hearing notice will be sent to the participants. We'll get them in here and talk to them and then decide what course of action, if any, we'll take."

Lake, who leads the trainer standings at Philly Park with 58 wins and was recently elected as a director of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, said he regretted the incident but chose not to discuss the details.

"It was a bad situation," Lake said. "It shouldn't have happened, especially not over near the grandstand."

Eric and Gregg Fral both declined to discuss the incident.