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New Strawberry Hill owners take battle to court

Posted at 6:57 PM, Dec 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-05 18:59:07-05

NEW KENT, Va.–The new owners of a popular Richmond horse-racing event have taken their beef with a local track to federal court.

Christie Harrell and Mildred Dotson, the mother/daughter team who in May bought the rights to the Strawberry Hill Races, in November sued Colonial Downs and various affiliates of the New Kent track, claiming trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising.

Strawberry Hill lawsuit

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The 21-page lawsuit alleges that Colonial Holdings Inc., Colonial Downs LP, Stansley Racing Corp. and Colonial Downs LLC in June held a racing event allegedly advertised as and claiming to be the Strawberry Hill Races, just weeks after Harrell and Dotson bought the name and trademarks of Strawberry Hill Races at auction.

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