MULLINS TO IEAH: I WANT MY MONEY - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report


By Ray Paulick

Trainer Jeff Mullins has asked the general counsel for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for assistance in getting paid $31,336 Mullins said he is owed by IEAH Stables from I Want Revenge’s victory and related expenses from the the $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct April 4. IEAH bought a 50% interest in the son of Stephen Got Even from David Lanzman 10 days before the Wood.IEAH campaigned two champions (Big Brown and Benny the Bull) and 11 Grade 1 winners in 2008, finishing one vote shy of an Eclipse Award as outstanding owner.

There is precedent for the New York Racing and Wagering Board getting involved when owners may have failed to meet their financial obligations. Ernie Paragallo, now at the center of an animal abuse criminal case in New York, had his owner’s license revoked in 2005 because he had not paid a bill from the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton equine hospital.

Mullins was suspended for seven days by the New York Racing and Wagering Board for an incident that occurred inside the Aqueduct detention barn prior to an earlier race on the day of the Wood.

Following is the text of Mullins' letter to Robert Feuerstein, general counsel for the Racing and Wagering Board:

Dear Mr. Feurstein,

I write to you on the advice of my attorney, Karen Murphy who met with New York State Racing and Wagering Board Steward, Carmine Donofrio, June 4 on a matter regarding IEAH Stables.

I am very concerned about IEAH Stables’ business practices as it relates to Thoroughbred racing, specifically their lack of meeting financial obligations to all concerned with the training, riding, care and services provided to I want Revenge, a horse trained by me who won the April 4 Wood Memorial.

From the day IEAH Stables purchased a 50% share of I Want Revenge from David J. Lanzman, last March they have failed to pay my bills, the travel expenses of jockey Joe Talamo, and the bills from veterinarians, lay-up farm, horse transporters, etc. To this day they have yet to pay me their 50% share of the 10% of the purse earnings from the $750,000 Wood Memorial. As you know, the race was run on April 4 of this year, making the bills four months outstanding. My accountant/bookkeeper has contacted them and their attorney on numerous occasions and they have repeatedly promised payment to no avail. It is my understanding that the New York State Racing and Wagering Board can assist me in assuring that these owners meet their financial responsibilities as they continue to race horses in New York and throughout the country.

IEAH Stables is scheduled to start several horses during the Saratoga meet including, Benny the Bull in the $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt, August 9 and Court Vision in either the $500,000 Sword Dancer, August 15 or the $200,000 Bernard Baruch H, August 28.

It is unacceptable that a racing operation such as IEAH Stables be allowed to continue racing in New York or anywhere for that matter without first meeting their financial responsibilities to horsemen and the providers of services to their horses.

I urge the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and NYRA to immediately put a freeze on their horseman’s account in an effort to assure that all of their past due financial responsibilities are met before they are paid any purse monies.

I will list below those I know who have not been paid along with their contact information and the amounts owed to them. I will also be happy to furnish you with copies of bills/invoices from all. In addition to those out of state listed, owner David Lanzman spoke with Belmont Vet Group, Sallee Horse Vans and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and they are all owed quite a bit of money as well. Because they are all are owed such a significant amount of money they fear if they take any action right now, in an effort to get paid they will anger them and lose any chance of getting paid. Lanzman only contacted people directly involved with I Want Revenge and can only imagine how many other people they owe money to. Rumor in California has it that they owe backstretch horsemen in New York in excess of $500,000. It is unconscionable that they are allowed to continue racing.

Jeff Mullins………………..……………Trainer………….$31,336,04
(the above amount includes $20,625.00 which is their share of the purse money owed to me for the win in the Wood Memorial and training/board and travel expenses related to the Wood Memorial and Kentucky Derby)

Dr. Foster Northrop…………………..Vet…………….…..$1,754.74

Joe Talamo/Access to Travel……..Jockey……..………$3,312.90

La Croix Farm…………………..…….Lay-up………….…$3,150.00

Dr. Melinda Blue………………………Vet…………..………$559.10

Please advise me as to what the next steps, if any may be necessary to take in assuring that I, along with the parties listed above are paid.

I thank you in advance for your help and attention to this matter.

Jeff Mullins

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