A writ posted on the stall of Eternal Prince caused a bit of a stir today at Pimlico, but by day's end, it appeared the legal document was no more than an attempt by an attorney to collect $50,000 from a 1982 horse sale.
The writ was posted by the Baltimore City sheriff's office. The attachment was for a sum of $50,000 alleged to be owed to the Fasig-Tipton Sales agency, a New York-based firm that buys and sells horses.
Terrence Collier, vice president of the company, said he was not aware of the attachment against the owners of Eternal Prince, but did acknowledge it had been trying to collect $50,000 from Butch Lenzini, the trainer of the 3-year-old colt.
Collier said the outstanding bill was for a 1982 horse sale and that his company had hired a firm to collect payment from Lenzini.
Shortly after Collier spoke to the media regarding the matter, the writ was taken off the stall, meaning the horse can be moved from his stall and will be allowed to run Saturday.
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