Via Bill Finley
The Louisville Courier Magazine It is reported that Laoban’s death last year was the result of the stallion being injected with a vitamin and mineral blend they called “Black Shot”, intended to boost his interest in breeding. after he struggled to cover the mare at the end of the season.
The Courier Magazine based much of its reporting on the insurance documents it obtained regarding the stallion’s death at WinStar Farm. Part owners of Cypress Creek Equine and Southern Equine Stables filed a lawsuit last month in Fayette Circuit Court in an attempt to get the insurer, The North America Specialty Insurance Company (NAS), to pay a claim that they filed after the horse died.
In March, it was reported that Cypress Creek Equine, LLC. sued the insurance company for an undisclosed amount that included death insurance, damages, court costs and attorneys’ fees.
The NAS alleges that three of the four substances supplied to Laoban were administered after the expiration date, and one of them expired nearly nine years ago. The insurance company charged that “acts, errors and omissions” in visiting veterinarian Dr Heather Wharton were due to failure to provide proper care for the horse and she accepted take risks not covered in the policy.
“WinStar has been in the purebred business for more than 20 years,” WinStar CEO and President Elliott Walden said in a statement to the newspaper. “Laoban’s passing is a traumatic experience and is felt by everyone on the farm. As we stated at the time, insurance companies generally have a self-interest in denying claims and blaming others. We have resolved by mutual agreement any concerns that have been raised with us and closed the chapter of this tragic loss so long ago.”
Citing insurance documents, Courier Magazine reported that Laoban mounted three mares on 22 May 2021 but “did not finish his job” and failed again the next day when mating with two other mares. He was treated with the injection the next day and, according to the insurance company, died within minutes of the injection. The incident was recorded on videotape.
Laoban, son of Uncle Mo, was eight years old at the time of his death. He entered New York at Sequel Stallions for a fee of $7,500, but was transferred to WinStar largely on the basis of his first stint for races in 2020. That group includes Simply Ravishing, GI winner Darley Alcibiades S 2020 He also picks out a Class II winner and multiple L Keepmeinmind winners.
Sequel Stallions owner Becky Thomas, who retained part ownership of Laoban after WinStar became manager of its complex in October 2020, told the Courier Journal that the stallion’s death was a a “very unfortunate accident.” She confirmed that she was settled with WinStar.
Laoban’s stud fee increased to $25,000 with the move to WinStar. He selected 219 registered ponies. He was bred to 126 mares in 2021.