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Eaton Sales Dropped From McIngvale Lawsuit

Friday, 16th March 2007

In the US, attorneys for horse owner James McIngvale "have asked a Texas judge to drop Kentucky-based agency Eaton Sales from the list of named defendants" in his headline-hogging fraud lawsuit, reported bloodhorse.com. Eaton Sales was 1 of 7 parties added in January to a lawsuit (claiming at least 19 purchases totalling US$5.4 million made on behalf of McIngvale in 2001-2004 involved fraudulent dealings via "secret commissions or kickbacks") that previously included trainer Bob Baffert & bloodstock agent brothers J.B. & Kevin McKathan. Court documents note "newly obtained information & documentation suggests Eaton Sales had no part in fraudulent transactions" allegedly involving Baffert & the McKathan brothers. Reiley McDonald (who operates Eaton Sales with business partner Tom VanMeter) declared: "We should have never been named in the lawsuit to begin with. Eaton Sales never paid any commissions to the McKathan Brothers & was never approached by the McKathan Brothers to pay them a commission." In addition to Baffert & the McKathan brothers, others still named in the lawsuit are Celebrity Farms, Highclere Sales, Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, Donato Lanni, David McKathan & Murray Smith.

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