Judge says he can’t order Keeneland to withhold winnings

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A Fayette County judge says Keeneland can give Runhappy’s $820,000 Breeder’s Cup Sprint prize to Gallery Racing, the stable that owns the thoroughbred.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1Qpa1T3) fired trainer Maria Borell had asked the court to withhold $122,752. That’s the amount she says the Houston-based stable owned by Jim and Linda McIngvale owes her.

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Borell was fired the day after Runhappy won the race. She filed the suit on Monday, claiming she had an oral agreement that included 10 percent of the stable’s share of purses won by horses she trained.

Circuit Court Judge James Ishmael Jr. ruled Friday that he had no power to require Keeneland to set aside the disputed winnings.

Borell is suing for breach of contract and defamation by the colt’s owners.



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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

 

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