Maria Borell pictured with Runhappy’s jockey Edgar Prado
USA: Trainer Maria Borell, who made headlines around the world when her stable star Runhappy was removed from her yard the day after his Breeder’ Cup success, has been dealt another hammer blow after the training centre in which she was based called owners and had them remove horses.
Joe Iadisernia, son of the Gulfstream Park West training centre’s owner Giuseppe Iadisernia, was quoted on American racing website paulickreport.com, and said: “We wanted her out, we don’t like problems.”
The website contacted Borell and while she declined to comment, she replied via text message “that she been unable to get stalls at Gulfstream Park after submitting three separate applications over the last six months.”
The story came to light when the Drawing Away Stable, which added Borell to its roster in December after her very public falling out with Runhappy’s owner Jim McIngvale, withdrew six horses from her care at the insistence of Joe Iadisernia.
Ed Boden, managing partner of the syndicate, said: “The son of the owner of the training centre wanted the horses out as soon as possible. Plus we got some phone calls. One of our partners went down there, met with a lot of people, and we had the horses shipped from the training center to Gulfstream Park.
“Maria was nice to work with, but I guess she just got in over her head in finances. With our deal, none of the bills go to us; they go to our trainer. Our trainers get the majority of the purse because they are paying all the expenses.”
Borell has saddled 16 runners so far this year and is yet to have a winner, picking up $33,800 in prize-money. Stalls at Gulfstream Park West cost $15 a day and includes access to a training track, round pen, pool and racing surface.
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