07/13/2006 11:00PM

Trainer held after altercation

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James Jackson, the Michigan-based trainer, was arrested on Wednesday after an altercation just outside the stable gates at Great Lakes Downs, according to a spokesman for the Michigan Horse Racing Commission.

Dominic Perrone, the commission spokesman, said Jackson, the fourth-leading trainer at Great Lakes Downs and a perennial leader in the trainer standings at Michigan tracks, was arrested by Fruitport Township, Mich., police after a fight, though he said he had few other details.

"There was a baseball bat mentioned" in the report, Perrone said.

Efforts to locate Jackson were unsuccessful on Friday. Multiple phone calls to the Fruitport Township police-reports division were not returned.