Former Lincoln Race Course manager settles lawsuit over alleged retaliation firing

Former Lincoln Race Course manager settles lawsuit over alleged retaliation firing


Lincoln Race Course’s former manager has settled a lawsuit he filed last spring claiming he was wrongfully fired after he reported his boss to police for alleged questionable use of the pari-mutuel system.

Judd Bietz, and his wife, Shanna Bietz, were fired from the Lincoln Race Course in April 2013, three months after the owners of the facility learned he had reported Greg Hosch of Omaha to Lincoln police, according to the suit he filed in Lancaster County District Court in March.

Hosch, who oversaw horse racing and simulcast operations in Lincoln and Omaha at the time, has not been charged with a crime. He was fired in June as vice president of racing for Omaha Exposition and Racing and as general manager of Horsemen’s Park.

The lawsuit alleged Hosch had told cashiers at the racetracks to create vouchers and pay out cash, usually $100 to $300, to people even though they had not placed bets. Bietz suspected that violated state and federal laws.

He settled the suit early last month against the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, which owns both racing facilities, and Omaha Exposition and Racing, which manages the facilities.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Bietz's attorney, Richard Boucher of Lincoln, declined to comment, saying the settlement contains a lengthy nondisclosure agreement.

The Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association previously denied all allegations. Attorneys for the association and Omaha Exposition and Racing could not be reached Monday.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7304 or Follow him on Twitter at @ljsbergin.


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