Originally Posted by franknbeans
Something just doesn't sound right, IMO. Why would a top trainer, who, if she is what they say, would most likely have top clients with nice horses. Definitely worth more than $300. Typically when a trainer sells a horse they get a commission-and the owner gets the rest. So, what were the owners told happened to their "investment?" Were these horses that, for whatever reason, were now only pasture sound and being retired and she promised to "find them a good home"?
I agree this sounds bad, and word needs to get out, but I also think there is more to the story. WOuld love to know what the owners were told. Sounds pretty fishy to me.
When I lived up in PA, my ex-partner's wife was a trainer at Philly Park. When a horse is no longer fit for racing, or is never in the money, they are pretty much given away. It cost a good deal to keep a horse at the park and do nothing - stalls, feed, hay, trainer, etc. It wouldn't be unusual if you had contacts, to acquire those horses for next to nothing - or even nothing. Regardless of their original cost, they are now nothing but a liability and a tax write off.
Most are absentee owners and only look at the bottom line. If you get in with a trainer, you can acquire a good many horses for a "promise" to find them a good home.