A lawsuit pending in Fayette Circuit Court in Lexington contends a broodmare sold at Keeneland is actually a male, reports the BloodHorse.
Kept True was sold at the Keeneland January 2021 Horses of All Ages Sale to Michelle and Albert Crawford’s Crawford Farms for $150,000. The 5-year-old New York-bred broodmare prospect had run against females in New York at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga Race Course.
The suit contends that while Kept True was certified as suitable for mating, Crawford’s own veterinarian reported “obvious abnormalities in the horse’s reproductive organs.” According to Dr. Jeremy Whitman, the horse has no ovaries, a conclusion confirmed by the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.
According to the complaint, Kept True’s owners, Treadway Racing Stable, refused to rescind the sale.
According to the BloodHorse: “As for the fillies and mares beaten in New York by a horse with male chromosomes and no female reproductive organs, there may be no recourse for the purse money.”
The BloodHorse has more details here.