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PA Suit: Harrah’s Ignored Track Before Sulky Crash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for a severely injured harness driver say Harrah’s Philadelphia long ignored dangerous track conditions before their client’s crash.

The allegations come in a legal complaint filed Monday over the November crash at Harrah’s racetrack in Chester.

Lawyers say that 31-year-old Anthony Coletta of Hudson City, N.J., suffered brain damage and other injuries when a horse in front of him stumbled, throwing him from his cart.

Harrah’s lawyer Larry Kelly says he has not seen the complaint and has no immediate comment.

Harrah’s is owned by Caesar’s Entertainment Corp.

The complaint, filed by lawyer Michael Barrett, says that Harrah’s “turned a blind eye” to complaints the track was dangerous.

The Philadelphia Common Pleas suit is filed on behalf of Coletta and his parents, Alfred and Rosemary Coletta of Hammonton, N.J.

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