Public sale Purchase Results in Shake Up in Medina Spirit Attraction

Clay Patrick, the lawyer appointed to behave because the listening to officer by the Kentucky Horse Racing Fee within the enchantment of Medina Spirit ‘s disqualification from the 2021 Kentucky Derby Offered by Woodford Reserve (G1), has recused himself from the case over a attainable battle of curiosity.

The motion comes after Bob Baffert lawyer Clark Brewster stated he unknowingly bought a Extra Than Prepared   colt co-bred by Patrick that bought at public sale final week on the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The colt, Hip 409, was amongst a gaggle of 5 horses that Brewster stated he purchased on the sale, both solely or in partnership.

Brewster stated he was unaware that Patrick was concerned with the sale of the colt, whose catalog web page, like most horses in auctions, made no reference to the horse’s breeder or proprietor. Taylor Made Gross sales Company was famous on the high of his catalog web page as his consignor, performing as agent. 

Brewster purchased the horse, bred by Ramspring Farm, Milam Farm, and Patrick, for $190,000, buying him after the lawyer stated consignor Susan Montanye and Corridor of Fame coach Steve Asmussen had short-listed the colt as a prospect for him. Brewster indicated they have been additionally unfamiliar with Patrick’s connection to the horse.

Patrick oversees the each day operations and gross sales for Ramspring Farm close to Frankfort, Ky., in line with the farm web site.


Brewster stated it was solely with additional analysis after buying the colt, diving additional into an examination of his pedigree and siblings, that he finally found Patrick’s affiliation with Hip 409.

He stated he didn’t use a complement gross sales useful resource, akin to Public sale Edge, which lists the breeders and prior transactions involving gross sales horses inside its hip-by-hip statistics.

“Imagine me, once I purchase horses, and you’ll speak to anybody at Keeneland or (Fasig-Tipton)—no person is checking who the proprietor is,” Brewster stated. “That is not a related truth on making a call on a yearling.”

He stated the chief issues to a purchaser are the prospect’s athleticism, pedigree, and veterinary data—not its possession.

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Notified Sept. 15 by Brewster of the lawyer’s buy, Patrick hosted a pair of hearings Sept. 16 and Sept. 20 with Brewster and different legal professionals concerned within the case, Brewster stated. Based on Brewster, Patrick initially expressed a sense on the first listening to that he didn’t see a problem with remaining as listening to officer, however on the second listening to, the KHRC indicated it might file a movement for Patrick to step down.

Paulick Report first reported Patrick’s departure as listening to officer.

The circumstances involving the acquisition of Hip 409 from the September Yearling Sale convey to gentle among the potential points with members within the racing business being concerned within the authorized case and the restricted transparency of possession proven in gross sales catalogs. Zedan Racing Stables and Medina Spirit’s coach, Baffert, who’s interesting a suspension and fantastic as a part of the enchantment, are additionally common patrons at equine auctions.

Brewster stated he has been within the sport for greater than 30 years as an proprietor and breeder, along with training legislation. The Oklahoma-based lawyer typically represents trainers interesting medicine violations.

“I do not assume it creates a battle for me to be concerned within the business as an proprietor, breeder, and an advocate for different homeowners, breeders, and even trainers, for that matter,” Brewster stated. “That offers me a fairly distinctive, well-rounded perspective. That is my view.”

He additional said that he felt a listening to officer may stay neutral underneath these circumstances.

Kristin Voskuhl, a spokesperson for the KHRC, confirmed Sept. 21 that Patrick had recused himself. The subsequent steps within the case will likely be decided by the brand new listening to officer, as soon as assigned, she wrote in an electronic mail.

Patrick’s departure figures to delay the long-running case but once more. A brand new listening to officer might need to maintain one other enchantment listening to—the one which concluded Aug. 30 lasted six days—or the brand new listening to officer may choose to merely overview transcripts from the case.

Patrick gave no indication on the finish of the listening to whether or not he appeared extra prone to assist the KHRC or the Medina Spirit camp within the case. He stated in courtroom that he had been given 60 days from the time of receiving a listening to transcript to concern a advice.

That advice, issued by the subsequent listening to officer, will then go earlier than the KHRC, whose commissioners are not obligated to just accept it. Some KHRC commissioners have enterprise relationships with Medina Spirit’s connections. Various commissioners consequently abstained from a vote involving a keep request by Baffert that got here earlier than the fee earlier this yr.

Appeals of the KHRC determination, if obligatory, would proceed subsequent into the courtroom system.

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