In effort to recoup money from the buyers of horses and bloodstock interests from the financially embattled Zayat Stables, the New York-based lender MGG Investments has taken its case to the Kentucky Supreme Court. Dick Downey of The Blood-Horse first broke the story.
“The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Feb. 8 pitting MGG, a lender of millions of dollars to Zayat Stables, against buyers of some of the now-defunct Zayat operation’s Thoroughbreds and breeding interests. The parties landed in court when money generated by purchases did not turn up in the hands of the lender, even though it held liens on the assets,” Downey reported.
“After the Zayat loan lapsed into default in early 2020, MGG obtained in Fayette Circuit Court in Lexington an uncontested judgment of more than $24 million. Ahmed Zayat and Zayat Stables subsequently took shelter in bankruptcy court, where MGG filed several adversary proceedings based on allegations of fraud and other misconduct. Those claims were eventually settled for substantial sums, but sums well short of the defaulted obligation,” Downey reported.
According to court records cited by Downey in his Blood-Horse story, the sales included “breeding rights to American Pharoah to LNJ Foxwoods and Orpendale, breeding rights in stakes-winning mare Lemoona to Flintshire Farm and Brad Sears, and horses El Kabeir to Yeomanstown Stud, American Cleopatra to Hill ‘n’ Dale, and a 50% interest in Solomini to McMahon Thoroughbreds.”
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