Mattress Mack has gone through tens of millions of dollars and literally dozens of trainers as a horse owner and never had any success, never won a grade 1 race. Finally, he owns a multiple Grade 1 and BC winning, champion. Well even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while. Not only does Mattress Mack have a champion horse but he has a ton of free publicity with feel good stories on NBC and YouTube, a popular, photogenic young trainer, who is a real life Cinderella story and lots of kudos from horse people for running the horse and winning without lasix. You couldn't buy that kind of good PR with thousands of commercials.What does Mattress Mack do?...stiffs the young trainer and fires her. He didn't think that would get noticed in the media? Completely killing the positive storyline. Not content with that, in a frantic act of desperation to grab all the spotlight from Maria Borell and put it on himself and his idiot sister-in-law, Laura Wohlers, he starts spreading rumors and spinning the story that Maria wasn't really training the horse. That Maria Borell was just kinda hanging around the barn doing odd jobs for his sister in law Laura Wohlers, that Laura was the real genius trainer and kind, sensitive horse woman. Did Mattress Mack really believe anyone was going to buy this line of drivel?All mattress mack had to do was sit back and take few bows and play the happy horse owner that runs his horses drug free. He could even give his sister in law some unearned credit by saying some nice things about her racing management in the media, there was plenty of glory to go around. This is a no-brainer, doesn't take a marketing or PR genius to do this. Then if he is still foolish enough to take Run Happy away from Maria, in two weeks or a month, when the story has died down a bit, pat Maria on the back, pay her off for less than the cost of a decent yearling so she keeps her mouth shut and go on his merry way. As a long time horseplayer and racing fan, I have seen a lot of strange things but I would have to think very long and hard, and it might be impossible to find any owner who has done anything remotely this stupid.
What were observations tincup?
Byk basically said she was the only one ever around Runhappy. He was one of the first to come out in support of Maria.
This should be easy to resolve. Stand all the people who claim to have trained Runhappy in a stretched out line with about 12 feet between them. Then bring Runhappy out, face him toward the people who must stand quietly with no gesturing, and see which one he goes to. No carrots in pockets, either.