Unhappy: Borell Sacked Day After Breeders’ Cup Sprint Victory

by | 11.01.2015 | 5:59pm
Maria Borell, in her happier times, following the Breeders' Cup Sprint victory by Runhappy

Just a day after winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint with Runhappy, trainer Maria Borell took to Twitter with the news that she was being fired.

The Blood-Horse's Jeremy Balan confirmed through racing manager Laura Wohlers that Borell was indeed no longer the trainer of Runhappy and that Wohlers had taken over.

Borell tweeted that Wohlers wanted to send Runhappy to the track this morning. When Borell refused, Wohlers told her she would be taking over Runhappy's training. Borell said on Twitter she reached out to the colt's owner James McIngvale, but he had not returned her texts or calls.

Wohlers was trainer of Runhappy in the colt's first two starts, a romping maiden win at Turfway Park in December 2014 and a ninth-place finish in the G3 LeComte Stakes Jan. 17. He was transferred to Borell soon after that and has won all five of his starts since, including two Grade 1 events.

“My heart is in a million pieces,” tweeted Borell.

Wohlers said in the Blood-Horse story that the decision to “move in a different direction” was not made Sunday.

“This morning there was no filling,” she said. “I've checked horses 100,000 times in my life. He had some heat, but nothing more than any other horse who ran 1:08 and change. We jog him after races to get rid of lactic acid buildup and (Borrel) has disagreed in the past.

“We really respect Maria. We think she's done a great job, but unfortunately it was time for us, as a team, to move forward.”

  • Kelly W

    Shame on the connections for letting their ego’s come before the welfare of the horse. Why on EARTH would that horse be sent to the track the day after a huge effort?? And why on EARTH would you fire the trainer for erring on the side of caution??

    Money can buy a lot of things, but integrity and common sense obviously aren’t among them.

    • really?

      Unfortunately, money doesnt need integrity or common sense. Only stooges that will sell theirs for money.

    • Chancey Gardner

      My dear, the racing business is ALL ego and many put the ego before the horse, which is THE definition of bad horseman.

  • Ida Lee

    Is this a joke? Because if it is, it’s not funny …. I was so happy for Runhappy and Maria and now this? Please think of the horse. And why would anyone want to do something so petty after such a wonderful day yesterday? ….

    • Share

      Typical pattern for horses that bad things happen to. They have owners like these! If ANYONE can help the horse, I hope they will step up now!

      • JerseyGirl

        Yes! Maybe this could be a big fan base purchase, lol! RH has so much ??

    • whirlaway

      Did you see those commercials with this guy give me strength, only a moron sends a horse to the track the day after a race.

      • Ida Lee

        Unfortunately, I did see the commercials. Scary to think this guy is the person who has the final say on Maria ….

      • Barbara Bowen

        Carl Nafzger did it. But not without tight cold legs. Cordell should be named trainer. It was only a matter of time before this team fractured. Nothing brings out the worst in some people like a good horse.

        • whirlaway

          Mr Nafzger one of those rare true horsemen in a class all their own,
          I would never worry about his methods. Sad to see what can happen when a horse like this comes along. My husband considers
          himself an outsider looking in on racing. He knows enough we can
          discuss racing and is a runner himself over 35 years so he is no kid but certainly has some idea. After a few years of watching and
          reading he said one day “you sure have some snake oil salesman in this game” and unfortunately that is true. Always beware who you become involved with.

    • Chancey Gardner

      Because Maria got the attention and she didn’t – just true cattiness and she ought to be ashamed.

      • KDub

        The woman was like a rabid animal when NBC showed up at barn for piece on horse and Maria and wanted nothing to do with a customer service manager who knows NOTHING about horse training. Mac has biggest PR nightmare of his life on his hands! Well deserved!!!

  • Bubba

    When hired by mattress mac it is only time that your are fired by Laura. Maria is just another notch on Laura’s headboard. (mattress joke?)

    • KDub

      32 trainers and counting. Something has to be done about owners and “racing managers” like this! Embarrassment to our industry!!!

      • Chancey Gardner

        A national authority could simply ban him from the sport …

        • togahombre

          for firing his trainer, the line of owners looking for a new sport would pretty long

          • Chancey Gardner

            No, dear, for firing THIRTY-FOUR trainers …sheesh!

          • togahombre

            that’s different, maybe you should make a citizens arrest

  • gibbs28

    A disgrace is what this is, the horse should not be taken off her, i was so happy for her when the horse won, and if it is may it never win again without her.

  • FortunePending

    Unbelievable. Wasn’t there something else like this in McIngvale’s history?

    • Jocke Muth

      Ask Zito about Laura Wohlers

      • KDub

        Jack Van Berg as well!!!

    • MLS

      There was an article I read this week with a list of at least 25 trainers that he’s gone through and I can’t find it now..

      • morningdog

        in the 10/31 Bloodhorse, more than 30 trainers.

        • Laura Woodside

          I looked and don’t see that article.

          • Quilla

            Search his name at the site. There’s plenty there.

          • morningdog

            article starts on page 24, the list is on page 25. issue 44, Runhappy on the cover

      • KDub

        32!

  • Sinking Ship

    You never know when a good story might appear on Twitter, always good to keep a close eye on it.

  • Brian

    This, unlike his other firing will be played in the court of public opinion and it will not go well. This is a PR dumpster fire. Twitter…getting hammered. FB page getting hammered.

  • MLS

    Wohler’s herself said she knows nothing about racing. This is a BIG PR disaster…they’d better rethink this before they ruin a great horse!

    • vinceNYC

      actually she has 5 times the wins as a trainer than borell..but what a lowlife move

      • Chancey Gardner

        She is older, yes?

        • KDub

          60 ish. VERY insecure/jealous over accolades and praise given to Maria.

          • Chancey Gardner

            I thought so.

          • Kathy Agel

            What does her age have to do with anything? It’s not age that’s the problem — it’s nepotism and ignorance.

          • Chancey Gardner

            Calm down! It was a response to this : “…actually she has 5 times the wins as a trainer than boreal…”
            So if someone is as old as the hills, then yes, they will have more time in the biz and more wins .That’s all – nothing sinister.

      • KDub

        As “trainer of record” means nothing! The woman is a customer service manager of McIngvales’s furniture business and sister-in-law. She knows nothing! Agree…another lowlife move in Mattress Mac’s unsuccessful career in horse racing! He pounds his horses and breaks them all! Fires EVERYONE who disagrees with his lackey, customer service manager, sister-in-law yes man. How this woman was ever given a trainers license is unconscionable!!! Crazy, jealous insecure woman!

        • KYFan2

          I agree! So sorry for Maria, who should be given her due respect! Am worried now for Runhappy.

      • Sean Damron

        She couldn’t finish in the money with five starts in 2015 and threw an injured Run Happy to the wolves in the G3 Lecomte.

      • gundawg

        I don’t know where you get your information, but Wohler has just 1 win on record. Must be using Core math to come up with 5 out of that.
        She wants to use handling practices that Maria knew were not right for this horse. She got piss because Maria stood up to her for what was best for the horse, as it seems she has done on the past.

        Maria, you had bad horses before. You have now proven to the racing world that you can take an injured good horse, rehab it and not only make it a multiple Grade 1 winner, but a Breeders Cup Champion and a leader for Eclipse award Champion Sprinter.

        More good horses will come your way. You don’t need these lowlives. BTW, if the stories of them not paying you the 10% trainer’s winnings, so you can’t pass it down. Sue his stores off and let every trainer know he owes you money.

        • Chancey Gardner

          The racing authorities deduct the trainers’ and jockeys’ 10% so that they don’t spend their time chasing down deadbeat owners.

          • Michael Twiss

            They take the jockeys money not the trainers .

          • snazzygirl

            Depends on the race track and depends if it’s a stakes race. Some tracks disburse the trainers’ money also, and some tracks don’t automatically disburse the jockey’s share of the winnings from stakes races.

          • Chancey Gardner

            Even MORE reason to have EVERY ONE on the same administrative and medication page.

          • lexi61

            WRONG

        • Josh

          Where do you get your info on wohlers?? Obviously not the right place because she’s had 29 winners from 239 starters in her career. Check equibase. Not defending her because I think it’s a bad move by the owner but atleast have your info right if your going to talk smack.

      • MLS

        Yes, over 15 years as acting as a trainer….compares to Borells 2 years.

        • vinceNYC

          The day after Charles Borell was arrested for animal cruelty in Mercer County, Ky., and a warrant was issued for Maria Borell, The Blood-Horse reported that the investigation continues. State and local officials are still trying to determine the identity and ownership of the 43 horses involved in the case. FEEL PRETTY DUMB NOW DEFENDING HER DON”T YOU

    • Horsesfirst

      Just watched the YouTube videos of how she treats her horses. It’s terrible. She should have never had any horse under her care. Much less this one. If you want to see before you all comment on something you have no clue about the search Kara Harrison tucker on YouTube and watch for yourself

      • The Other John White

        I did as you suggested. I found Kara Harrison Tucker on youtube but no video’s backing up your statement. What gives? Please attach a link.

        • Coming soon

          Maria must have got them taken down. We will put them up in Facebook. I will keep you posted on where to find them.

          • villan love

            You are all trolls. Anyone can say its a person. Proof is better, If found to be untrue, Kara Harrison Tucker will be in for a rude awakening when it comes to libel.

          • Kathy Agel

            Sure you will. Meanwhile, you post unproven innuendo. Nice job.

      • trooper seven

        Kara Harrison has a few problems….

    • lexi61

      wohler wants to break his other leg for him with her ‘skills’

  • Sisi

    I’m so sorry Maria…you do well by Runhappy. People need to do what is in Runhappy’s best interest. If it isn’t broke, don’t fox it and let his trainer do her job!!!

    • Sisi

      Fix

  • J

    Laura is probably the Temporary Trainer. The Matress Man will get Baffert .

    • St Owen Racing

      A la Ria Antonia?

      • Erin Casseday

        Took the words right out of my mouth!

      • JerseyGirl

        Oh my, is that what happened to Ria. Jeez!

    • Kris

      He’s already fired Baffert.

      • Rainsodden

        And sued him.

    • Wild Oats

      Baffert is one of the 33 trainer he has fired.

      • KDub

        and sued

    • JerseyGirl

      Read the article

    • Barbara Bowen

      He had a falling out with Baffert years ago. Doubt he’d take a horse from him, even Runhappy. Best thing that can happen to horse is for Mac to take a stallion deal.

  • Nona Kaenel

    Is this April 1? Is there really someone that stupid to send a horse out with heat in it’s ankle? That horse seems to be very content with Borell. I’m afraid of seeing this horse breakdown with someone who obviously doesn’t care as much. This is a very bad omen. I just told my husband, Jack Kaenel, who is an EXPERT said “Why does a horse have to go to the track after it’s run the day before? Is this one of those prank deals?”

    • Kathy Agel

      Nope — tell Cowboy Jack it’s the real deal.

  • Andi

    Foolish

  • Stephanie Vangel Lambert

    I’m sick to my stomach at this . Love makes a good horse into a great horse. This horse will grieve the loss of Maria. I have seen horses grieve losses . SMFH

  • HorseLuv73

    Wohlers did such a great job with the horse prior to Maria getting involved (one 1st and one 9th out of 11). Yep, this was a very bad move by Runhappy’s connections. Hope the horse will be okay in the long run as he’s a pretty cool horse.

    • KDub

      She pounded the crap out of him and when Maria got him he was all but broken! The woman is certifiable!

      • Kathy Agel

        He was injured, which is the reason he was sent to Maria. And look at the miracle she wrought.

  • John G. Veitch

    Would like to know more about this. I just watched the post race interview of the Sprint again, and the first words out of McIngvale was “I want to thank the Breeders Cup.. for a great job, Etc,”. Thought that was “different”. He thanked a lot of his team and finally Maria. My first thought when my horse wins is “Trainer & Jock did a great job”. Maybe this is different. Story is a shock to say the least….

    • Jim Gath

      I also can’t imagine sending the horse out onto the track after a big race yesterday…………

      • John G. Veitch

        Yeah..that is very unusual as you know Jim.

        • Meydan Rocks

          Circa: 3/31/2004 – She’s been a stooge for quite a while.

          sports(—-)espn(—-)go(—)com/sports/horse/columns/story?id=1772856

          “As the failures, injuries and losses mounted, McIngvale went through four trainers — two-time Derby winner Nick Zito; Steve Moyer, a former Zito assistant; Leonard Duncan, a former night watchman at the racetrack, and Laura Wohlers, McIngvale’s
          sister-in-law and a former employee at Gallery Furniture. From Houston, McIngvale would call Wohlers in Lexington, Ky., and tell her which horses should work, and how far. Mattress Mac looked like a buffoon, and racing insiders were amused.”

          • Marilyn Shively

            This situation is definitely not amusing

      • Nancy C

        What is the truth about this statement? “We jog him after races to get rid of lactic acid buildup and (Borrel) has disagreed in the past.”

        • maria

          When your muscles become strained and tired oxygen demand is increased and ATP (energy/glucagen) is used up your ph balance become acidotic producing lactic acid in the muscles. A solution for a person would be sodium bicarbonate. So I wonder as well. You wouldn’t make a person go exercise after having a heart attack.

          • John G. Veitch

            I’ve never heard of jogging a horse the next day after a race to rid them of a lactic acid buildup…

          • Barbara Bowen

            Nafzger

          • John G. Veitch

            Learn something every day!

          • Chancey Gardner

            If that is indeed true

          • Barbara Bowen

            I always tell the truth Chauncey. Do you want AP Acid sauce with your next batch of crow wings after all?

          • Chancey Gardner

            Your version of the truth, Barbara, is somewhat skewed at best. Thanks for the nice effort, however.

          • One certainly does on here!!

          • Tinky

            I like Carl, but the fact that he did something doesn’t necessarily suggest that it is a wise thing to do.

          • Barbara Bowen

            Just pointing out it is not an anomaly solely left to the infamous “trainer of record” for poor Runhappy. And here I thought the worst thing that would happen to him was a mattress commercial…

          • Tinky

            I understand.

            Well beyond Nafzger, HA Jerkens did many things for which a lesser or inexperienced trainer would be crucified. In some cases they proved to be brilliant, and in others, a complete disaster.

          • Chancey Gardner

            I didn’t see in the article that Nafzger mentioned lactic acid as the reason for the jog.

          • Dust Prince

            Does Carl jog them the day after races?

          • Chancey Gardner

            He jogged Street Sense. A little overblown to say he agrees with some weird notion that jogging the day after a big effort helps with lactic acid.

        • villan love

          Never in my time on the racetrack with numerous big name trainers did I see a good horse go out to the track to “jog” after they ran a huge race. Usually horses will tell you how they are doing but most would get three days walking, two days jogging, two days galloping and then a work or continue galloping up to the race depending on the next race time frame.

          • Dust Prince

            that’s how we do it.

        • Some trainers like to jog horses the next day. BUT NO ONE would send a horse to the track with heat and fill in his ankle. No one but and ID10t that is….

        • Dust Prince

          walking them in the shedrow will take care of it.

      • Dust Prince

        awful

    • Holly Bernhard

      I saw that at the time and though that was funny he thanked everybody but her and then finally at the end he mentioned Maria. Like an after thought.

  • Racefan

    Disgraceful. But sadly, this goes on behind the scenes more than the public will ever know. Trainers and jockeys are always the first to suffer blame, but there are a vast number of owners and worse, “managers” who are heartless, ignorant and self serving. Poor horse!

    • MLS

      Yes, but who goes through 34 trainers in 20 years???

      • JerseyGirl

        No one

  • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    This is outrageous. Maria did a heckuva job!
    Runhappy was an excellent horse.
    While, I can’t say I paid much attention to him until yesterday, I do know he ran a great race yesterday and when reading the PP’s he won the Kings Bishop and almost tied the track record. What more can you ask of your trainer?
    SMH

    PS As a side note, I think a similar move though not quite was made during General Quarters Derby attempt. The owner was doing the training, someone took over for awhile and fixef GQ and then the owner took over again. Bottom line is what is wrong with people??? As Don Shula former coach of the Miami Dolphins said: Always go 1st class.
    Wohlers is not doing that here.

  • Gary Barndollar

    What a crock! The racing manager should be fired for having the audacity to even ask that the horse go to the track to train the day after such a marvelous performance.

  • Wild Oats

    Who works a horse the day after a big race? Seriously?

    • Street Sense jogged the day after winning the KY Derby.

      • ExpectingStorms

        Did he have heat in a leg? Doubt it.

        • I agree, but that wasn’t part of the comment I replied to.

      • Chancey Gardner

        which had nothing to do with lactic acid

    • Dust Prince

      they weren’t talking about working a horse — I would assume she wanted to jog him, not gallop, much less work, but I’m of the firm belief the day after a race a horse should only walk the shedrow, NOT go to the track. but there is a big difference between a jog and a work.

  • Jeanne Marie Mirabito

    Um, so, Wohlers wants to send a horse, fresh out of an absolutely huge win in a prestigious race, back to the track this soon? It’s obvious he needs recovery and yet somehow she retains her Trainers license?
    How about yanking her access to horses instead.
    Regardless of the owners response.

    • Nancy B

      Agreed.

    • KDub

      The woman is certifiable!!!

    • Marilyn Shively

      I fear for the horse

    • Charles Smith

      Mattress Mac is three bricks shy of a load.

    • Big daddy

      Fools, utter incompetence with no agenda but self-serving :(( An undeniably sad day for what was a true-feel good Cinderella moment…An
      accomplishment that has been totally dismissed and
      replaced with such overwhelming sadness all
      because of resentment and hideous jealousy…MARIA be sure to stand tall and hold your head high as you’ve done all through this journey. No one can ever take that away from you. Remember you have only just begun, with much more to come your way.

    • Barbara Bowen

      Seems reasonable to me to start a campaign to not vote for the horse as champion sprinter. The horse won’t know the difference, but the connections certainly will. If the trainer who earned it isn’t going to be on stage, then neither should MacDumb and WoeDumber.

      I can’t imagine the stallion farm that wants to deal with Mac, either.

      • Chancey Gardner

        Bad idea.

        • Barbara Bowen

          I think posthumously awarding the Eclipse to Rock Fall works for me. Give Runhappy a bag of carrots and he’ll be just as happy and at least he is alive to eat them, even if it is from a dirty hand.

          • You are

            Run happy is the absolute best sprinter in the country. Why would anyone else get the eclipse. You sound like you are a bitter lady Barbara borel Bowen

          • Barbara Bowen

            I agree the horse is the best sprinter. But his owners are the least deserving on the year now, and awards are for humans, who are we kidding? I presume you are a mattress salesman hoping for a raise tomorrow…?

          • OopsyDaisy3

            Don’t recognize ‘You are’ – must be giving mattress “JayJay” a rest. Never seen a posting before on You are.
            Exactly right Barbara Bowen – why reward bad behavior.
            if Runhappy gets the award, someone other than the Gallery Gang needs to walk up and get it.
            Give it to the trainer!!! Maria. Or send Runhappy up !
            Linda

      • You are

        Why don’t you just come out and say that you’re Maria borel. We all know who you really are. That would be classless of you to do what you suggested

        • Barbara Bowen

          No, I’m really Barbara Bowen and always post under my real name. Try it.

          • You are

            No you are Maria borel. Would you like me to prove it to you

          • Barbara Bowen

            Yes, please. I’d like to be Maria’s age again so if you can make that happen, I’m all in.

          • You are Maria borel.

            Oh really. Well if anyone wants to really know who Barbara really is. Read all of her previous post then go on Maria’s Twitter and Facebook and read all of the post on that. You will come to the conclusion like I did. Barbara is really Maria. Words and sentences are the same. You actually know to much to not be. You also have several other. Ames on here and other sites doing your shameless self promotion

          • Barbara Bowen

            Ok, well then I want half of the 10% commission for winning the BC Sprint, ok?

          • You are

            As you know you didn’t get 10% commission because you didn’t deserve it. You’ll get all of the karma you have coming to you when the racing commission is done with its investigation. As you know. There are pics and videos out there that people haven’t seen yet but we have acquired them. youf landlord has all of them. As you know you’ll be in court a week from tomorrow for your eviction. We’ll keep everyone posted on that as well. You’ll be under oath there.

          • Easy Goer

            hahaha you got owned be quiet.

          • You are

            Maybe you can’t read but that wouldn’t surprise me if the borel supporters. They have blinders on. Take yours off. She went silent. That says a lot without saying a word. Keep up with the updates to this story though. I would like to hear your comments in a few days. Til then stop taking up space in this blog.

          • Tiny Montgomery

            You are, you are cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

          • Easy Goer

            lol that was my only comment, but if you spent any time on these blogs you would know how ridiculous you sound…. anyways now i ignore you

          • lastromantribune

            put the pill and booze bottles down…you have consumed too much.

          • roseann cherasaro

            Is this JayJay from Blood Horse posting for the mattress king?

          • Barbara Bowen

            Your camp is really proving to be as stupid as Runhappy is fast.
            You just told a complete stranger (even Google wasn’t your friend) in a public forum on the internet that indeed the Mac camp plans to stiff Maria Borrell on the 10% commission from BC Sprint? Can I offer you another shovel ’cause this one is looking worn out already…

          • I am

            No one is stiffing you. Didn’t you sign a contract. This is what happens when you let emotions take over. You go in Twitter and start ranting about things you shouldn’t be. If you want all of the emails released telling you what to do with the horse then that’s fine. There’s a lot of evidence that I’m sure team runhappy could release but they haven’t. I don’t know anyone in the runhappy camp with the exception of you and you aren’t a good person at all. That will all come out in the wash though. It’s already started. It was against the rules of racing for you to sign such an agreement. That all falls back on the person with a trainers license. So what you should do is take to Social media and apologize and thank them for the opportunity. All of this back and forth won’t be good for your cause in the end.

          • Barbara Bowen

            I LOVE You, I am. You Are priceless. I don’t have a cause and can’t keep this up (besides Ray will be along with his ruler any minute;-) So I would guess that when you take a completely unknown trainer and give her a horse you have a contract for hire as you describe. This was my point about commission deals, they are not automatic 10% to trainer in horseman’s account at all tracks. Owners have all kinds of special arrangements for commissions, day rates, ownership positions, etc. And Mac camp known for being unable to train their way out of paper bag with both ends open…but it has never stopped them from trying so I hope those emails come out. From what I gather Runhappy might deserve HOTY for overcoming the lot of you.

          • I am

            I’ll say this and I’ll leave it at this. The problem hat you have going forward is this. If you think the racing commission won’t investigate allegations of s program trainer in the breeders cup sprint you are sadly mistaken especially with all the publicity of this race. It’s not illegal for an owner to ask you to program train it is illegal for a trainer to accept an offer to program train. Only you and the runhappy camp no what they will uncover. At minimum you will have a spotlight on you from now on as you train going forward. How well your horses run. How well they are taken care of. If and when you pay your bills. All of the allegations hat have been thrown at you will be under a microscope. In my opinion you have created an environment for yourself hat you can’t perform in because you know how you’ve been in the past. It doesn’t matter what people are saying on here cause most of hem don’t know you at all. The people at the track and ones who have dealt with you at your farm know you best. When your horses agent taken care of for days it will be ten times worse for you than if this all had never happened. Do yourself a favor and end the bad PR for the sport and yourself that is surely to come in the near future.

          • Barbara Bowen

            This story is getting more play than AP, and that is flat out WRONG, so I’m done here.

          • Matthew Weaver

            Wow you are stupid ” I am”. Maybe you should rename yourself ” I am stupid” . The poster you are arguing with is not Maria Borell. By the way learn how to spell. You are revealing how dumb you truly are. I have personally seen Maria travel with and put her hands on the horse many times. While I can’t personally account to her every interaction with the horse I can say she was not a “program” trainer as you say. By the way ever hear of hall of fame trainer King Leatherbury? He is a self proclaimed ” program” trainer and very rarely went his barn . And never rode or laid his hands on a horse. So again you know nothing at all about this business.

          • I am

            By the way I only speak for me. I don’t speak for the runhappy camp cause I have no association with them. I know what has come out of your mouth and you said you signed a contract to be on payroll. You have said this a few times that I know of.

          • Barbara Bowen

            This makes total sense in this deal. I believe you 100%. And when I watched that victory scene with (R)unhappy on Saturday I was texting to peeps about what awesome imagery existed for this fairytale story. And snap, if it isn’t too good to be true. Only one true #Phairytale this year!

          • lastromantribune

            lmao…you are out of your mind !……she has been posting as BB before anyone knew who run happy was….god how silly.

          • Danny Gonzalez

            Im interested to see what happens with this . If Maria was the trainer of record and Laura was calling the shots Maria has a problem cause she didnt not handle the horse yet was licensed as its trainer. If Laura a licensed trainer was telling Maria what to do then of course Laura a trainer licensed in KY was interfering in the training of a horse therefore could also have her licensed revoked or suspended this one is going to be a good one

          • Barbara Bowen

            This is a non issue. The horse was in Maria’s direct care by all admission, and other trainers (and owners) direct care long distance all the time.

          • OopsyDaisy3

            I was right Barbara, he is brand new. If he doesn’t recognize your name he is a troll.
            Linda

          • Danny Gonzalez

            Babs they found you out your really wonder woman

        • Betty Earl

          You are a fool, Barbara Bowen has been posting on here & at The BH for years on all kinds of subjects.

  • meryl ann tanz

    Sounds like some one feels that did not get enough coverage or praise. No one sends a horse out to the track they day after the Breeder’s Cup unless they are looking for press for themselves. Did McIngvale get and offer he couldn’t refuse?

  • meryl ann tanz

    No one send a horse to the track the day after such a big race. Is she sold already. After all the guy jumps on mattresses for a living so anything is possible. Seems like blonde wants more press and did not like that the trainer was the star of the moment.

  • Stacey Brant

    Good to see censorship is alive and well at PR. Anyhow if anyone is surprised an owner would treat someone poorly … Anyhow nice job Maria ! Is this ok Ray . I guess we’ll just send and see

  • Stacey Brant

    Where’s the last one Ray! Can’t you just take out the parts you don’t like – that’s what the “form” does … You’re all the same

    • MLS

      It’s not Ray, it’s McIngvale. RunHappy’s FB page had over 1000 comments. They deleted the ones not in their favor and blocked them. There are not 34 comments, some new negative ones they haven’t deleted or blocked yet.

  • Jackmw

    Why is this not a surprise….the owner is a self- promoting narcissist who has ruined countless thoroughbreds. His accomplice in this fiasco, Laura Wohlers has clearly shown her incompetence by even suggesting that a horse should be trained less than 18 hours after running the race of it’s life. As for Ms Borell, she knew what she was getting into when she took the job. The big loser in all of this is of course a defenseless animal who spilled his guts on Saturday and only wants to be properly cared for in return. Compare this story to that of AP and his connections…the polar opposite. Disgusting!!!

    • Dianna Bridges

      So many owners who care about their horses welfare, and then you have these assholes making the whole bunch look bad.

    • Marilyn Shively

      well said- I am sad–and so worried for this innocent horse

  • Mjwright

    Heartbreaking for Maria. She’ll be devastated to lose the horse, but I’m sure glad to be rid of Mac and Wohlers. Those two know less than nothing about horses and good horsemanship.

    • Erin Casseday

      Only problem is that Runhappy is not rid of them.

      • meaghanedwards

        This. A horse can’t chose who their owner is. :(

    • vinceNYC

      yet no one else has given her horses…why do you thnk that is

      • Meydan Rocks

        She’s young, very young and was only beginning to pay her dues. I assure you though, Laura W just turned Maria B (trainer of note for the RunHappy winner of the BC Sprint) into a hero. Watch her fortunes turn. This thing called Social Media is a mmmmm….. ;-)

        Did you read this yet?

        sports(—-)espn(—-)go(—)com/sports/horse/columns/story?id=1772856

        “As the failures, injuries and losses mounted, McIngvale went through four trainers — two-time Derby winner Nick Zito; Steve Moyer, a former Zito assistant; Leonard Duncan, a former night watchman at the racetrack, and Laura Wohlers, McIngvale’s sister-in-law and a former employee at Gallery Furniture. From Houston, McIngvale would call Wohlers in Lexington, Ky., and tell her which horses should work, and how far. Mattress Mac looked like a buffoon, and racing insiders were amused.”

        • vinceNYC

          A HERO…..I lost family members in Iraq you clown

          Her are her own words

          s she said in a feature that was part of the NBC Sports Breeders’ Cup telecast, “I was in a pretty dire situation until this horse came along.”

          That situation included financial problems and an eviction from Walnut Springs Farm and judgment against Borell in court for non-payment of rent at the farm she leased near the training center, where she boarded horses for outside clients. She is also in a dispute with her current landlord, Kara Harrison-Tucker, who alleged Borell stopped payment on an October rent check for the farm she leases in Scott County and has engaged in a “deliberate act of negligence and dishonesty.”

          Borell admits that she fell behind paying her rent and said she’s had to put liens on a number of horses she boarded or trained

          • Meydan Rocks

            I hear you. I just saw the video her landlord posted on Youtube disparaging Borell. To go to those lengths to tear someone down is another topic entirely. This same landlady has posted comments on Finley’s post decrying Borell’s firing.

            At the end of the day, Borell just became famous. She might actually look back on this and be thankful for being fired. I know may stories of this kind where the fired end up in fabulous happily ever after stories. If she is truly a talented trainer, she will get the opportunity to do so. Rightly or wrongly, too many writer’s have taken up her cause for her not to get another shot. And if Mattress Mac and Laura are the actual truth tellers in the saga, then let me say they have been wronged. Do I think they have been wronged? 51/49 I say just by the way this was handled, they get failing grades.

            Borell’s story has just began.

      • KDub

        They made it clear to her that she could NOT take on any horses while training for them.

        • vinceNYC

          Before this horse she was 0 for 22…..google her name /youtube her name….it would appear on the surface she has not been a quality person….I would bet a year from today she becomes the answer to a trivia question…..what I love is the demonizing of Laura Wohlers for doing her job…….I am sure there is much more to this story than meets the eye……remember 3 or 4 years ago Jennifer Pedersen “trained ” for the felon Ernie Paragallo…he fires her and almost the same commentary..she’ll be better off without him etc…..she disappeared..no one gave her horses…they are trainers in name only…….

          • Sue MacGray

            Still, if he’s gone through that many trainers (25+?)…. Like a friend who’s gone through 10 boyfriends and can’t figure out why she can’t find someone ‘good.’ Time to look in the mirror. The owner is the common denominator behind the parade of trainers. I’m not saying Maria is perfect, but she’s young and it’s obvious she was doing something right with Run Happy.

          • vinceNYC

            I agree with everything except the last sentence….I think she was a trainer in name only…..Wohlers was listed trainer in RunHappy first race….Now ask yourself with ALL the top trainers out there why would you ever give a top shelf horse to a trainer who never won a race…..??? Once I did 15 seconds of research , I saw the person MB was , lawsuits , non payment , filthy stalls for her horses……..All these things are true….Mattress Mac is an extremely wealthy narcisstic man….Laura Wohlers has been in the business a long time and probably does know something about horses…. Borell may be a very good trainer prior to this horse she was 0 for 22 …..Only THEY know the back story…

          • Chancey Gardner

            Under Wohlers, Runhappy ran NINTH in the Le Comte – under Borell, no losses. Please shut up when the facts don’t support your position, unless you have trained a horse that won two Grade 1 races in a year. Ask yourself – why would McIngvale think a “top shelf horse” should run at Indiana Grand Race Course? Because he and Wohlers didn’t think he was very “top shelf” and Borell was allowed to show what she could do. What have you got against pretty young women who excel?

          • Tromper

            Best to ignore vinceNYC, Chancey Gardner. His “game” is pretending to be an authority while relying on internet, quasi-info to impersonate his 1st hand info.

          • Chancey Gardner

            He obviously has an agenda – since the FB page of one Wohlers Stables has been busy blocking the uproar, I am suspicious that this clown is part of their PR/ spin/damage control endeavor.

          • Chancey Gardner

            PS – Apparently there is someone named “JayJay” on a similar smear campaign on a different site, also pretending to be an authority, whilst denying being an out and out shill

          • Kelso5timeHOTY

            What a complete crock of sh*t. What 15 seconds of research did you do? A google search?

          • vinceNYC

            These are HER words

            she said in a feature that was part of the NBC Sports Breeders’ Cup telecast, “I was in a pretty dire situation until this horse came along.”

            That situation included financial problems and an eviction from Walnut Springs Farm and judgment against Borell in court for non-payment of rent at the farm she leased near the training center, where she boarded horses for outside clients. She is also in a dispute with her current landlord, Kara Harrison-Tucker, who alleged Borell stopped payment on an October rent check for the farm she leases in Scott County and has engaged in a “deliberate act of negligence and dishonesty.”

            Borell admits that she fell behind paying her rent and said she’s had to put liens on a number of horses she boarded or trained

          • SteveD

            Great point Vince..
            I think it’s safe to assume Maria was another “yes man” until she said no.
            Now she’s gonna blow it up as big as she can and ruin her chances of getting another quality horse.
            If she was smart, she’d remain silent ;)

          • Kelso5timeHOTY

            He has yet to make a good point….

      • Mandi Mcbride

        Because she doesn’t look after them. Run happy was a lucky horse, I’ve known her too damn lazy to bed stalls down properly, feed properly or even provide enough water.

      • Kelso5timeHOTY

        It only took one good horse for her to show her ability. 0-22 is not much of a sample bud.

      • RayPaulick

        She had a verbal agreement not to train any outside horse (those she didn’t have an ownership interest in) when she took on the McIngvale horses.

  • meaghanedwards

    Shameful. He should be with someone who actually cares about him.

  • Matthew Fitch

    Very sorry to read this. It was such a great moment Saturday. Still, there has to be more to this than meets the eye (we have a report based solely on two tweets), and I’m sure it’s a fascinating story once it is revealed. Two points: if this as absurd as it appears to be, I am sure the trainer will have a number of horses coming her way, but calling out owners on Twitter is not a smart move if you are trying to impress future clients.

    • KDub

      The story will come out today!

  • tony stabile

    Laura Wholers couldn’t train a flea to bite. Come on mattress Mac open your opinionated mouth. This is a discrace.

    • JerseyGirl

      Maybe she could if the fleas were in MacMattresses:)

      • taff

        Dritbag move oh that’s right its horseracing

        • taff

          You hit the lotto then you get a miss puch

      • lastromantribune

        bed bugs lol

    • vinceNYC

      but she has 5 times the wins as borell

      • Meydan Rocks

        Borell has been training for two minutes. She’s a very young woman. Laura on the other hand is Mattress Mac’s sister in law making her old enough to be Borell’s mother. Plus has has been around “training” aka taking orders from Mr Mattress since at least 2004 when the devil was a boy. ;-)

        • vinceNYC

          Actually 3 years…after going 0 for 22 she got RunHappy….while no question a dirtbag move ..only point is Borell is hardly Charlie Whittingham..she got lucky to get a top horse and won and I think CLEARLY it was the horse not the “training” but again CLEARLY a dirtbag move….If she suddenly gets horses from other owners then we can see how she trains….Isn’t anyone curious why OLD mattress mac gave a top horse to an 0 for 22 trainer who was young and easy on the eyes

          • trinityfarmky

            Dose a horse tack him self up and go around the track every morning. No doubt that the hose is good but he still hast to train , Maria has put the hard work in to keep him sound and happy , its a day to day job doing this. To win 5 races in a row with him two being grade 1s. Maria has done a great job with Run Happy and she is the trainer, she should make all the decisions she knows him better than anybody. Maria was going to do what was best for the horse. Maria deserves all the credit for Run Happy winning the breeders cup , she got him there. GREAT JOB MARIA!!!

          • Meydan Rocks

            I get your point. Thank you. Now how about this? 3 years is about 2 and a half minutes in horse training time. Plus you could be accused of serious sexism by implying (easy on the eyes) that she got the job just because she was young and possibly good looking. Did you not read the piece on her a few weeks ago? About the struggle and her obvious talent but not having the right stock? Plus she could be your kid. You would knock someone senseless if they cast subtle aspersions against your kin that turned out to be blatantly false.

          • lexi61

            Borell made the horse HAPPY & HEALTHY – you dont need to know anything more to train ANY HORSE – what she knows most trainers could take a lesson from her incluing CW

          • Kathy Agel

            According to the piece on NBC, it was because she also had veterinary tech training, and at the time, RH was injured.

            So she was 0 for 22? What kind of record would you expect her to have when she started with horses from the bottom of the barrel? And RH wasn’t exactly Eclipse material when she got him, either.

          • Kelso5timeHOTY

            I couldn’t disagree more. She took this horse from his disasters earlier in the year to a sprint champion. She is a fine horsewomen.

          • Meydan Rocks

            It’s ain’t looking good Big Apple Vince!

            espn(—)go(—)com/horse-racing/story/_/id/14036661/borell-firing-disgrace

      • KDub

        She’s a CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER & sister-in-law with absolutely NO HORSE background!!! Only thing involved here is her ego after running the horse into the ground and a 9th place finish in Le Compte Stakes. Deplorable what she has done!!!

        • vinceNYC

          The horse was injured in the LeCompte…I know this has never ever happened to a horse before…….No horse background WRONG again…….I’m guessing GOP (fact free and name calling)

      • Ex Trainer

        A really good horse doesn’t need a trainer. They are natural so her wins don’t mean a thing to me

        • That’s obviously true to some degree, but the present story is based upon the fact that, whether or not [as my mother often said] “any fool can train a racehorse”, this particular girl had, as far as we can tell, done a fine job with this particular horse. To lose him the next day was bizarre.

        • dfs

          So that’s why you are an ‘Ex trainer’…..

      • Tromper

        As usual, vinceNYC…you stretch & twist words to imply crap. Laura Wohlers, as a “program trainer” has four (4), life-time wins.

    • Meydan Rocks

      I am literally going to keel over!!!

    • KDub

      The racing jurisdictions need to take a close look at this. Laura has no f’n business with a trainer’s license!!!

    • Kathy Agel

      Over on Facebook, they’ve closed the official page to comments,and the girl who runs both that and the fan page is tying herself into knots trying to justify both the firing and the way the pages are run.

  • Jay Stone

    This whole story sounds crazy. There is no way anyone would train that horse today. Who tweets out injury updates the day after a race. There was time to gather thoughts and talk it out before telling the world about this on social media. The trainer did a superb job with a once in a lifetime racehorse and within 18 hours a war starts. Despite this owner’s bad track record I would still want to hear from him.

    • Kathy Agel

      Head over to Facebook — they’ve posted their ‘reasoning’ there.

  • Kris

    The October 31 edition of the Bloodhorse has an article on Runhappy, McIngvale, and Borel. The article lists the 33 (that is not a typo) trainers that McIngvale has fired in his 20 years, including; Zito, JVB, Baffert, Frankel, Asmussen, Billy Turner, Tom Amoss, and Michael Dickinson. That tells us everything we need to know about “Mattress Mac.”

    • Chancey Gardner

      Shades of Jerry Jones fixing what wasn’t broken

      • peteski13

        I agree but right now the Cowboys are broken!

        • Chancey Gardner

          Which is my point, dear: since firing the coach of back to back Super Bowl victories over EGO

          • Pam Harris

            Amen to that!

    • sg77

      Well at least Maria is in good company.

    • OopsyDaisy3

      Kris – thank you for researching the fact on the 33 dismissed trainers.
      Speaks volumes. Obviously Mr. Mc himself thinks he knows best.
      Probably told the trainers how to train. Would be interesting to hear from
      the trainers, and that is no light weight list of trainers. Linda

  • Jeff

    Retards you can’t fix stupid

  • Ben Cheese

    Mattress Mac strikes again! Manages to take the “feel good” story of the BC and turn it to garbage. The good thing to come out of this is that Borell did herself a world of good and should have owners lined up to give her horses. If I had horses racing on that circuit she’d get one of mine for sure.

  • Laura Woodside

    It’s going to be hard to cheer for this horse from now on.. It he even makes it to another race.

    • KDub

      He won’t because Laura and Mac will pound him into the ground just like they did before the LeCompte!

  • Jocke Muth

    Someone is trying to cover this up by flagging posts here LOL

    • MLS

      They were deleting posts on FB, I wouldn’t doubt a bit if they’re over here trying the same thing LoL

    • Suzanne

      Yep. I got blocked after posting “bad decision” and had my post removed

      • Kathy Agel

        They’ve shut down the official page to comments. The fan page (run by the same person) is still open as of 5 minutes ago — wanna bet how long that lasts?

  • David Rose

    May Wohlers and Mattress Mack rot in hell after doing something as classless as this

    • ray

      ur so right

  • Racing Fan

    Mattress Mac and Laura Wohlers are the most classless human beings on planet earth. #morons

    • just an observer

      Calling them “human” is being very generous

  • David Rose

    I know some other trainers who’ve trained for this group before, and they have said these people are f’n crazy

    • KDub

      CERTIFIABLE!!!

  • Racing Fan

    Laura Wohlers 3-70 in her last full year of training. The horses were trying to tell her she needs to stick to PR in the mattress world.

  • Where do I need to send my resume to? I only have one fewer BC win than Maria

    • Racing Fan

      You haven’t shown the ability to win races sans medication so that precludes you.

    • CDS

      If you are the KB that runs in LA………when i hit the LOTTO ima send you some champs……lol seriouly

  • Tromper

    Horses WALK & REST after a race, Mr. Mattress & Ms. Mattress Minion – unless you follow the training manual of “Ivan The Terrible”. Mac & Wohlers history & practice speaks for them….dismal & clueless….& ditto what David Rose stated in his comments. (Ann Taylor)

  • That’s disgusting! This young woman is a BRILLIANT trainer. And there’s no way a horse goes straight back to the track after an effort like that. I’d sack the owner if I could!

  • Dee

    This is messed up

  • ADavidson

    Maria is being sued for animal neglect and property damage done to a farm she leased. She owes dozens of people at the training center money. She’s NOT a good person or good horseman!! This is KARMA at work.

  • Jack Frazier

    This is pathetic. Unfortunately it happens a lot that trainers (sic) go behind others trainers back and get horses from their barns into their own. But this is something Cruella would do. I feel empathy for Borell. For the other two, not so much.

  • morethanready

    Jealousy- she was the star behind the horse on NBC. She doesn’t deserve but her stock couldn’t be higher

  • Armando

    A move based on envy. “If I have no merits of my own, I’ll use my position to remove the woman that had merits that I can’t reach.” That’showitlooksfromhere! A move totally devoid of class.

  • KrissyM

    Laura Wholers should loose her trainers license immediately. Walking and grazing him definitely and cold hosing yes; but track Training – crazy. She needs to go work for NASCAR Horses are not machines

  • Meydan Rocks

    Looks like Laura Wohlers is his Sister in Law. Baffert did some training for him. I wonder what happened.

    sports(—-)espn(—-)go(—)com/sports/horse/columns/story?id=1772856

    “As the failures, injuries and losses mounted, McIngvale went through four trainers — two-time Derby winner Nick Zito; Steve Moyer, a former Zito assistant; Leonard Duncan, a former night watchman at the racetrack, and Laura Wohlers, McIngvale’s sister-in-law and a former employee at Gallery Furniture. From Houston, McIngvale would call Wohlers in Lexington, Ky., and tell her which horses should work, and how far. Mattress Mac looked like a buffoon, and racing insiders were amused.”

    • JerseyGirl

      It’s not funny now! Poor Run(Not)Happy;(

    • Connie Matia

      I’ve seen this elsewhere – an owner thinking he can train. The owner’s stats for the year to date: 160-0-5-10. Yes, you read that right. This is what happens when owners think they know better. The owner’s “trainer” is a family member, too, but the owner makes all the training decisions. This all sounds so familiar.

  • MLS

    According to The Blood Horse, 33 TRAINERS. Including such names as Zito, Van Berg, Baffert, Roberts, Hines, FRANKEL (for Gods sake!), Sahadi, Turner, Amoss, Dickinson. These people don’t deserve a horse of this caliber and probably could not get an established trainer of any reputation to take him on at this point. Only hope for Runhappy is that McIngvale gets out of the business and disperses all his horses. After the race yesterday the jockey (Prado) compared the horse to Barbaro – he’s that good! BTW, Prado rode a very smart race AGAINST instructions and got the win. Had he ridden to orders he would have put the horse at a big disadvantage.

  • Marilyn Shively

    Zayat should make Mattress Mack an offer he can’t refuse and send the horse to Baffert who will be in need of a star horse now that AP is going to stud

  • Barbara Bowen

    Wow. Did DAP teach Team Mattress How To Ruin A Phairytale 101?

    • JerseyGirl

      DAP never did intentionally harm CC nor did they diss Art so publicly. Big dif for inexperienced owners having HOY to this silly, flighty Mac and an apparent nepotistic trainer.

      • Meg Hiers

        I am pretty sure that at least Perry Martin has used the same trainer, or the same family of trainers, since he started owning horses.

        • JerseyGirl

          Yes. Art Sherman and his son, Allen.

      • Chancey Gardner

        Yes, Barbara made a rather classless statement. Wow. No connection whatsoever, but had to bring up the DAP. I think she needs to let go of that anger/jealousy.

        • Barbara Bowen

          I literally laughed when I found this gem. I need to let go of anger/jealousy – did YOU just write that? A drive by is almost as good as Being There. Don’t worry Chauncey, I picked the sprouts off your crow wings, hold the sauce.

  • cgriff

    Somebody buy that colt away from Madman Mattress Mac before he ruins him. Some people should not be licensed as owners.

    • JerseyGirl

      Do you need a license just to own a horse or just for the operation? Either way, Wohlers should have hers revoked; how the he// did she ever get one?

      • Username_Redacted

        You need a license to own a horse, and yes they can and are revoked.

        • Chancey Gardner

          Paragallo

  • vinceNYC

    Maria Borell going into this year was 0 for 22 as a “trainer”.5 of 6 of her career “training” wins were with Runhappy….these posts that speak to Wohlers as a hack and Borell as the next coming of Whittingham are silly ..Wohlers also won with Runhappy in his 1st start.

    Is this a crappy thing for McGinvale to do..no question….But I think there is more to the story behind the scenes that we do not know

    • CDS

      sure there is more …..20 previously fired trainers

      • MLS

        Try 33 previous trainers

    • KDub

      Did you get a free mattress for that post?!?

      • vinceNYC

        you mean for stating facts…..

        • Los24

          and your so called Trainer Wohlers (since 2006, 158 starters and 14 winners). Yes Maria was 0-22 however she had just started.

          • vinceNYC

            Whats your point..Maria good Laura evil ….really…check super trainer Maria Borells background..google Maria Borell lawsuits..google Maria Borell on youtube…..I don’t understand the deification of her and the demonization of the other….this is how businesses work in America everyday…If you think mattress mac gave her this horse because of her “training” ability I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn…….Maria good Laura evil….silly

          • Los24

            Yeah that youtube video was made right after the race, huh very convenient I made say. Listen some of us are not so cold hearted as you seem to be, you keep bringing up the young ladies record like she has been training for 20 years, you have to start somewhere.

            I will pass on the bridge, ask your friend Mattress mack if he will buy one since you are eating their crow.

          • vinceNYC

            I stand corrected..Maria Borell is the greatest trainer ever and Laura Wohlers is evil…….

          • Los24

            I knew we could bring you back from the dark side :).

          • Tromper

            vinceNYC admires Laura Wohlers for “doing her job”, but considers Maria Borell to have just “been lucky” (per his previous comments). Guessing that old vince is a failed, trainer wannabe & a misogynist!

  • Username_Redacted

    This is so dumb it’s laughable. McIngvale is a really bad guy and everybody already knew this, which is why he has no talent idiots like Laura Wohlers running the show, because nobody else will work for him. The horse just ran his eyeballs out YESTERDAY and won the biggest race in his division in the world. You walk the shedrow at most, and more than likely do nothing- I mean he has nothing to run in until at least the Malibu, which is 8 weeks away.

  • Meg Hiers

    If the US racing jurisdictions would put up the same amount of hoops that say the Japan Racing Association does, you would not be seeing half the problems that US racing has where crooked trainers have numerous extended family members take over “training” when they are given days or banned from tracks, and anyone that wants a training license would have to put up enough time and testing effort to prove they should be given the right to go for a license. It is truly the one easy thing that American racing can do to start solving a number of problems it has.

  • Hobbyfarmer

    Yes, let’s move forward, to a breakdown, or maybe another 9th place finish.

  • Chancey Gardner

    What a witch – McIngvale needs to fire Wohlers

    • JerseyGirl

      Certainly were plenty of witches out and about on Halloween, lol!

    • Meydan Rocks

      She’s his sister in law. Fat chance.

    • KDub

      Not a chance…she’s his sister-in-law.

  • Chancey Gardner

    There was no mention of lactic acid from Nafzger, AND we all know that sprints are much tougher on a horse than route races.

  • vinceNYC

    BORELL (MARIA) VS. WALNUT SPRINGS, L.L.C

  • vinceNYC

    Not the best person..search Maria Borell on youtube……doubt she was hired for her “training”

    • Vince, she speaks so well of you! I tried to find a suitable quote for the occasion, because I know how you enjoy them, and thought that perhaps Ms. Borell could console herself with Titus 12:6.

    • Chancey Gardner

      So, go ahead and say it, Vince – what WAS she hired for? An attractive, younger woman cannot possibly be good at a job? Any DOLT can see that the ownership of this horse is DESPERATE for ANYONE to train for them because they have a crappy reputation.

      • vinceNYC

        The day after Charles Borell was arrested for animal cruelty in Mercer County, Ky., and a warrant was issued for Maria Borell, The Blood-Horse reported that the investigation continues. State and local officials are still trying to determine the identity and ownership of the 43 horses involved in the case. LOL

  • Mary-Ellen

    trust a trainer; when they say rest a horse; then rest a horse

  • G. Rarick

    My heart goes out to Maria Borell. It is so difficult to get a foothold in this business, and she’s just had hers pulled out from underneath her. Unfortunately, the list of owners who would do the same is quite long. Thankfully, there are some good guys out there, too. Sometimes we forget that.

    • Gina, if she handles this with the right degree of dignified “of course it’s their horse and, although I’m obviously disappointed, I can only hope that Runhappy has a long and successful career, whoever trains him” then she may come out of it well – and presumably she gets her %.

      • paula pwk

        She’ll be alright. She has a bc winner under her belt and looks to boot. That’s double the pleasure for a lot of people in this game. I assure she will land on her feet with a spring in her step.

        • She needs to be careful with the “looks to boot”! And keep her back covered [in every sense].

          • paula pwk

            for sure

  • Suzanne

    Idiots for sacking the trainer who clearly has the horses best interests in mind.

    Owner’so Sister in law- “Wohlers said. “This morning there was no filling. I’ve checked horses 100,000 times in my life. He had some heat, but nothing more than any other horse who ran 1:08 and change.”

    • How old is she?

      • paula pwk

        Well, to have checked that many horses, if we figure 100 a year she’s about a thousand years old give or take a few.

        • vinceNYC

          so why is Borell’s opinion beyond reproach ( given her dubious background) but Wohlers opinion of absolutely no value??

          • KDub

            Did you just get another free mattress vinceNYC? Hope you sleep as well as Mac does at night!!!

          • vinceNYC

            your right…Maria Borell is a top quality human being and a world class trainer…Laura Wohlers is the devil and knows nothing…I stand corrected…I’ll go with your fantasy and return both mattresses

          • jponyplayer

            Vince, that`s funny!!

          • paula pwk

            Didn’t say that. Are you a horseperson-don’t look like it. Oh, I just looked, a pencil pushing financial planner. If you were you would respect the opinion of some one who feels RunHappy’s legs every day and notices a change. And having turned out to be a very nice horse, one with any sense or knowledge would err on the side of caution when dealing with these fragile legged horses.

          • Chancey Gardner

            He has a grudge against attractive, successful younger women – they must emasculate him, or something. Or … maybe he cold called McIngvale and has some dollars under control from him and Wohlers.

          • Tromper

            I keep saying (here) that vinceNYC has an obvious “ax to grind” that lurks somewhere between inferiority complex & foul disposition. He’s certainly entitled to his opinion – regardless of his (mattress) obsession or disdain for the success of others, particularly women. (Except for Laura Wohlers, who he apparently admires for “doing her job” .. as he commented.)

  • I can’t remember just who took me to task for making a mildly cynical comment about this crew – have they anything to add?

  • paula pwk

    First of all, the easiest horses to train are speed horses. Second of all, if a horse has heat in only one ankle, that is a sign of a problem developing and should be evaluated immediately.Heat is the first sign of a problem. When a horse bows a tendon, for example, I can pretty much guarantee there was heat there prior and it was either missed or ignored. Even giving the horse a little more down time after the race and bringing him back easy, watching like a hawk for any sign of more heat or filling. Thirdly, this horse is going to be hurt by mismanagement as California Chrome was, and as American Pharoah was for the Travers with all the shipping and I am not knocking him. What a fantastic horse. . A good horse will make a bad trainer look good, and I;’m not saying that about Ms. Borell, it just happens to be a fact. Sounds to me like there is a lot more behind the scenes going on than meets the eye. And catty, snarky women are not a joy to deal with.

    • You make several excellent points Paula, which [some] listers ought to print off and keep before them – although I don’t agree that sprinters are easiest to train.

      • paula pwk

        I will say, harder to keep sound, but in preparing for a race easier.

    • KDub

      You don’t have a clue what this poor horse has been put through!!!! Maria was his saving grace!

      • paula pwk

        Please, get a grip, I certainly wasn’t knocking the horse or are you just another twit.

    • Chancey Gardner

      Catty, snarky women sure do seem to gravitate to the horse business

      • JerseyGirl

        LMAO, amen!!

  • just an observer

    McIngvale has spent countless millions of dollars buying slow horses, finally gets a Breeders’ Cup winner and then pulls this classless act the day after. Disgusting

    • vinceNYC

      Firing a 0 for 22 trainer (prior to getting Runhappy) while certainly his right to do as the man who pays all the bills , couldnt have been timed worse but I would bet that Borell was trainer in name only anyway…….Last stakes winner he had I believe was Wimbledon over 10 years ago

      • just an observer

        I don’t care what her record was with slow horses, she did a great job with Runhappy and shouldn’t have been fired the day after winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Classless doesn’t even begin to describe how cruel this is

    • KDub

      When you appoint your sister-in-law/Customer service manager as “trainer” and then racing manager and you call the shots to her who in turn calls the shots to a groom, you get what you get. Don’t know how the guy sleeps at night!

  • Joey Meyer

    Certainly seems to me, PR never has any positive news to report about the horse racing industry. Ray Paulick is an enemy of the industry, as I see it!

    • paula pwk

      Just shows you the sad state of affairs horse racing is. Are you a twit?

    • Jack Frazier

      Sugar coating something does not make it sweet. When you view racing on any channel, they would have you believe everyone likes each other, it is a country club and that greed and avarice do not exist. Quite to the contrary. If you would ask people involved in racing about owners, trainers, jockey or officials, with some exceptions, you would hear the truth. To not tell the the entire story of racing and only spin what goes on is not good reporting and is akin to political races. Oh, and politics plays a big part in racing as well. I would love for everything in racing to be positive but having been involved since 1961, it just isn’t so.

    • Chancey Gardner

      Then keep polishing that turd in the middle of your living room until it stops smelling so bad.

  • youcantmakeitup

    Whoever takes over training of this horse will never be the real trainer.Laura will retain control of all decisions. I would love to have stewards require Miss Laura to take a good oldfashioned trainer`s test, like the ones they used to give in the past. Written and barn test included. Im willing to bet that she would fail it. These people didn`t have a clue 15 yrs. ago and still don`t. The ultimate real victim here will be the horse.

  • Elle D

    Hopefully, the horse will overcome the human human stupidity.

  • Genellen

    Knowing nothing about this horse until watching the NBC broadcast, it was my second most-favorite story other than AP winning. I even rewatched it yesterday because I was so happy for her and Edgar Prado and loved how the horse sleeps all day.

    Now this. Humans really suck.

    It reminds me of the mess with Chrome’s management “team.” How can you take a great situation and destroy it so quickly? Far too easily, as it turns out.

    I hope Ms. Borrel gets a great chance to start over with people who appreciate her. I am really rooting for this horse now.

  • KDub

    Laura is a customer service manager and sister in law to the egotistical McIngvale. I would like to know how in the world this woman got a trainers license!!!

    • vinceNYC

      and Borell was 0 for 22 as a trainer before being selected as a “trainer” of this horse

      • KDub

        Another free mattress for you buddy!

  • vinceNYC

    Wohlers was the trainer of Runhappy in his 1st race and more than likely the trainer behind the scenes throughout the horses career.Again Borell was an 0 for 22 trainer with a dubious ( check google and youtube) background who IMHO wasnt selected for her “training” skills…………would any sane person give a top flight horse to someone that had NEVER won one race as a trainer…..

    • tony a

      Given time to think about it, you seem to be right on the money, I’d say he may have had a relationship with her outside racing and the real trainer was someone whose been ruled off, training off site or just incognito.

      • Chancey Gardner

        Don’t believe the propaganda this cretin is spouting, tony.

    • MLS

      You certainly are bitter on Borell. You really need to get over her turning down your advancements and maybe hit on someone your own speed, like Wohlers.

    • paula pwk

      The owner is a kook! Actually, they are all starting to look like a bunch of classless idiots, or as we used to say: Acting like a loose horse in the stable area with no halter on!!!!

    • Chancey Gardner

      Again, what about the 9th place finish in the Le Comte screamed “top flight horse”, Vince? You keep repeating this silly statement and it is not necessary anymore, okay? It’s disingenuous for one and we’ve all read it now THREE times. Thanks

    • Arn

      Lol, I feel for you trying to insert logic into this discussion. People WANT to be mad and emotional and you are trying to ruin it for them! Hahaha

      Social meda can’t handle facts, logic, or (Heaven forbid!) the concept of TWO sides to a story! The whole idea that both Maria and Laura could be morons is flying right over everybody’s heads.

  • jponyplayer

    I cannot believe what I just read!!
    Listen up TB owners of North America (of which I am one) If just a few of you would send Maria a horse to train it would ease her pain and you would be getting one very talented horse woman. Brilliant piece by NBC Saturday and to have it play out the way the way it did was movie worthy! Bad karma headed south? Can`t wait to tune in to “At The Races” this morning listen to Mac et al being taken to the woodshed. “Walk proud Maria, the whole world saw what you did and loved it. It`s etched in stone forever” C`mon people send her some horses. Good karma for sure

    • KDub

      Amen!

    • SteveD

      See Mandi McBride’s statement above.

      • jponyplayer

        Point well taken Steve but backstretch life can be tough. Been there, done that. There are 8 sides to every story. I`m going to feed my horse and myself be fore anyone gets paid, you would too

        • SteveD

          I have worked on the backside for reputable trainers who pay their employees on time. That’s why they are reputable ;)
          If a trainer starts out with owners who don’t pay them, or without some working capital, they are set up for failure.
          It’s hard enough to establish yourself and get some good horses without a bad reputation…;)

        • Mandi Mcbride

          If she had always done that, I could understand. But, I can’t afford to ride for free, she didn’t ask me to ride for free and I helped her out enough by giving her time to pay. Oh, and no her horses didn’t come first- she does.

  • Mandi Mcbride

    What goes around comes around. Maybe if Maria Borell hadn’t dumped on people when she was training her “cheap” horses ( her words) and not payed them, she would have been treated better now. I have no sympathy for her, after all, she still owes me $500 for galloping at her farm.

    • paula pwk

      Now we are getting somewhere. There are two sides after all. . . Interesting.

      • Chancey Gardner

        If one believes every thing one reads in the comments section.

    • Chancey Gardner

      She has the money, now .. give her a call

      • Mandi Mcbride

        I would, the number I have is different and she blocked me on Facebook. She thought she was clever back then, who’s laughing now?

        • Chancey Gardner

          I guess you are, Mandi … with no thought about the horse. Shows some character there!

          • Mandi Mcbride

            That’s where you are wrong. You don’t know me, or anything about me,so don’t accuse me of that.

    • lexi61

      that will teach you to let a trainer who hasnt won a race in 3 years get $500 behind on a galloping bill . think next time and you wouldnt be whining about being taken for your labor.

      • Mandi Mcbride

        I know I was stupid letting her get into me for that. But, I felt a bit sorry for her and that was my mistake. I also didn’t know at that time she owed other riders money ( also equine therapists, blacksmiths, and the feed guys).
        I’m getting my money back now in gloating. Not every bill has to be paid in money, and stating facts is not whining- it’s just stating facts.
        And another thing, at that point she’d been training for a year- not 3.

  • LongTimeEconomist

    Mattress Mac has a long history of making irrational moves in the horse business.

    • J M FANGIO

      And in the furniture business. I know….my company competed with his in the 70s in Houston. He was the “joke of the industry”. Ran TV advs reminiscent of a used car salesman, bellowing “we will save you money”. Probably carried that over to horse ownership.

      • LongTimeEconomist

        I’m not sure where you are now, but if you are ever in the Lexington area and you see a pearl gray 1987 Mercedes 560SL with the license plate FANGIO, that’s me. Be sure to say hello.

        • J M FANGIO

          Thanks! UTAH here! Name in honor of the legendary autoracer from Argentina.

          • LongTimeEconomist

            I’m old enough to have been around when he was winning world championships. I had the FANGIO plate on my 1989 Ferrari for many years, but, when I sold that, I put it on the 560SL. After all, he won world championships for both Ferrari and Mercedes. Plus Maserati and Alfa-Romeo.

          • J M FANGIO

            He was the greatest racedriver of all time, in my mind. He set 9 track records in that famous Neubergring (spelling?) race where he had to overcome a near-one minute pit stop to win!
            Lesser known story was his appearance at the Trenton, NJ one-mile stockcar track where he drove a closed cockpit car for the first time and ran 1/1000th off the track record in his second qualifying lap! In other words, there had only been one lap run faster in the history of the track!
            Done driving unfamiliar equipment over an unfamiliar track!

        • AngelaFromAbilene

          I wish I’d have known that last week, I’d have loved to say hello.

  • Sean Damron

    And the genius that was second-guessing Maria Borell,
    was she a veteran Hall of Fame trainer of note? No, she’s a trainer
    that had 20 starts in 6 years and couldn’t finish in the money with five
    starts in 2015.

  • we’re watching

    Another black eye for racing immediately after the sport’s second best day of the year.

    This is disgusting and she should probably be glad after all that she is leaving this nonsense outfit.

    Congratulations Ms. Borell on your BC win and Runhappy too.

  • Karma karma

    Go to YouTube and search Kara Harrison tucker and watch the videos on how Maria boreal takes care of her horses and dogs. Then come back and post.

    • paula pwk

      Please. That Kara is a fruitcake. Look at ALL the videos she has posted. She likes to be nosy in her rental properties.

  • Sean Damron

    Beyond the concerns Maria mentioned, Keeneland, the morning after the Breeders Cup, is not business as usual with hundreds of people with no experience working around horses pack up to leave and take down temporary installations. A recipe for disaster.

  • MLS

    What owner goes through 34 trainers in 15 years??? And we’re talking top trainers, Frankel, Zito, Baffert, Pletcher, etc etc etc and then puts a woman, who is McIngvale’s sister-in-law, in charge who by her own words. The statement that she’s checked 100,000 times doesn’t even add up! She would have had to check 18.26 horses per day straight in 15 years for that to add up to 100,000. Good luck finding another good trainer, no one wants to be associated with McIngvale now!

  • Nohorseslaughter Ortiz

    Bunch of crap. I know the POLITICS of Racing. I worked with Affirmed & walked him countless nights with my ex, the asst trainer. He had BAD colic. So much is hidden from the media AND more so, from the public who spend their $2- hoping to win a grand. Some care for the horses, MOST these days? The $$$$

  • Highway 44 Avenger

    I think too many people are rushing to judgment here. Is moving the horse away from Borell a crappy PR move? Yes. But, do we know all sides of the story, no?
    Do we have first hand accounts that Borell really trained this horse? I have not heard of any bona fide horsemen come to her aid yet.
    There is enough smoke on both sides to just take a step back and let the facts be laid out.
    On a side note, there was never this big of a fuss when Quality Road was taken from Jimmy Jerkens and given to Todd Pletcher. This happens all the time and the bottom line is that it’s the owner’s horse and he can do what he pleases.

    • Matthew Weaver

      You r right that the owner may do what they please but look at the evidence. Wohlers already trained this horse before n almost ruined the horse – see Lecompte Stakes. Wohlers has a terrible record as a trainer and has admitted in an article that she knows NOTHING about training horses. The public need to stand up for these great animals in cases like this.

    • Chancey Gardner

      Quality Road had not just won a BC race the day before

  • affirmed

    Well, what should I say? i dont know anything about all the connections regarding Runhappy, and who can train, racehorses, or who had more winners training this Racehorse, and or who won more races as a trainer than who, but one thing that I do see is it appears to me that now that the horse have reached new heights in achieving the sprint breeders cup title, and also setting a track record in the process, it’s like bad blood steaming, and clashing of personality! one question? if Runhappy had lost the race(breeders cup sprint) and finished off the board, would Wohler’s be involved in the horse again? this seems and looks like an opportunistic move, whatever differences between Morell, and wohler’s , and this young trainer apparently cared for Runhappy, trained the Horse well, and won a Breeders cup title? well, I only say what it looks like to me, I say this to trainer Morell, dont cry or worry over this, and give them the horse, no matter what the problem, “inhouse fighting” you will continue to be successful, and this is not the end of your training career! remember the best is yet to come, you are knowledgeable to know this, give them back their horse, and close the barn door, and move on without them! they dont need you, and you dont need them! and when you have enough money, buy your horses, and train for yourself! you do it, you dont need all that stress in you life, training Race-horses is enough stress already..you made the world stage, and they cannot erase your win, it’s your name on the trainer of record, regarding the Breeders cup win, and if you never ever win another Breeders Cup race,thats still great! you are in the record books .cheer up , dont cry it’s life, and life is a game, keep doing good things, and one day you may win the Kentucky derby!

  • Where did you get that impression?

  • lastromantribune

    Wohlers should go back to lying on her back ….disgusting jealous SOB…could not train lassie to bark or roll over…its over for RH . wish the horse well

    • Garrett Redmond

      That is a straightforward comment. May be correct. Have heard she considers McIngvale the biggest ‘XXXXX’ she knows.

  • Jay Stone

    The sad part about this mess is this horse is one of the most talented horses we’ve seen in years. His future is in front of him as a champion miler or maybe even a great distance horse in a weak division. Whether it be jealousy,incompetence, or personal pettiness this horse must be given to a good horseman not some clown who pretends to train.

  • stlouiskid1

    Best day of Miss Borells life not having to be associated with Mattress MAC and the rest of his no class buffoon squad. She showed she can train a race horse, get some better clients and move forward.

  • That’s one of the reason that actual training went out of fashion, there isn’t time to train the horses and the owners.

  • Elliott ness

    Truth be known , she was probably getting 450.00 a week to oversee horse, Borell that is. She mouthed off to the wrong millionaire and got put back on her place. They probably had a contract where she would get 1% of purse as opposed to 10%. Mattress dude don’t want to pay anyone a fair wage. If horse had a juicy ankle, should have been on the way to see Bramlage, not lactic acid Bologna . The horse racket is full of morons with money. Warren Buffett says stick with what you know.

    • Matthew Weaver

      Man you don’t know what ur talking about. The horse has worn front wraps his whole career which means the horse has had a history of soreness. The TRAINER wanted to keep the horse in the barn less than 18 hours after the horse broke the track record for 6 furlongs in 1:08. The TRAINER let the “racing manager ” know the horse was sore and his legs were hot and she did not want him to jog so quickly after the race. She never mouthed off to the owner and didn’t need to be put in her place. That’s what trainers do , they care for and look out for the best interests of the horses in their care.

      • AngelaFromAbilene

        FYI- not all horses who where wraps are sore or have a history of soreness. Mine are always wrapped and soreness has rarely been an issue in my barn. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and wraps are just that.

        • Matthew Weaver

          Well in this case the horse had sore legs and actually fractured his tibia in the Lecompte stakes race. I also know that early on when the horse was still growing Laura wanted to race the horse before he was ready and that created problems with soreness for the horse . So while front wraps don’t always mean soreness in this case they did.

          • AngelaFromAbilene

            I merely made a clarification on wraps and I don’t disagree with you. I wouldn’t trust that woman to care for a rocking horse.

          • Danny Gonzalez

            60 percent of horses have fractures some small some large its part of there conditioning to get there bodies ready for the vigors of racing. ever heard of bucked shins in horses

      • Danny Gonzalez

        FYI Vet checked the horse said he was fine Trainer was wrong so was racing manager. lactic acid buildup in horses is a severe problem as we dont know the history of the horse we dont know the reasons they made the decisions

  • sara

    First time in a zillion years that something goes well for this “TEAM” and they sack the trainer who made it possible. LOL.

  • Matthew Weaver

    The history of this horse in particular sums up the horse racing careers of mattress Mac and Wohlers. Chuck Simon cared for this horse early on. The horse was a well behaved, happy and healthy horse. Wohlers took over care of the animal right before Runhappy broke his maiden. The horse came back a little sore. Instead of giving the horse a break she pushed the horse. Second start entered the horse in a derby prep race at the fairgrounds going two turns(Lecompte stakes). The horse was rank and erratic. Almost jumped the rail. Watch the replay if you don’t believe me. Wohlers singlehandedly almost ruined the horse. Horse given to a true horse person (Borell) , who takes her time rehabs horse, bring back 5 months later and wins 4 races including 2 grade ones. Then they fire her n give back to Wohlers. This is a disgrace and as a handicapper I will be betting HEAVILY against this horse as long as Wohlers is the caretaker.

    • Username_Redacted

      Yes, and Chuck said the horse had huge talent but not to push him early, he was still growing as of last June (2yo year). They took him from Chuck because he didn’t want to start him at the CD meet or thereabouts. Instead the incompetent Wohlers nearly ruins the horse, as you observed.
      McIngvale is a joke.

      • trooper seven

        A bad joke.

  • I am literally sickened by this news. Such a joyous moment, tarnished by yet another owner who seemingly still knows nothing about the thoroughbred business despite spending millions continuing his “chasing the dream” to find that perfect horse. Perhaps a good night’s sleep on one of his mattresses might wake him up. A totally dysfunctional organization, without concern for the horse, who by the way ran his eyeballs out on Saturday. My first concern is for Run Happy…caught up in this web of aggrandizement and narcissism. Why would Ms. Borell feign heat in the horse’s leg? Methinks something is afoul here and all of the comments previously displayed here point to a very worrisome trend with the care and custody of Run Happy. Someone’s win/loss record is not always an indication of good horsemanship or training. I would hate to see this horse go down the tubes and find himself in a $5,000 claiming race somewhere or worse yet on a truck headed for Mexico. The statement of “we have decided to go in a different direction” is mystifying. Their direction should be forward and upward with this horse. He obviously has displayed talent and a willingness to get the job done. Is there no one out there that can wrest this horse away from this incompetency? A closer look at Wohler’s credentials might unveil her lack of ability and at least question her care and custody of an animal. Perhaps tracks denying her stalls might work although we all know that isn’t going to happen. Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the ice burg, made prominent by this horse’s special abilities. He isn’t the only horse out there being treated unfairly by folks who live off the backs of these great athletes.

  • JD

    This sounds like a great introduction of the new reality Television show ” The Real Horse Trainers Of Kentucky”!

  • CE Butler

    Reminds me of when Summer Bird was taken away from Tim Ice and Seattle Slew from Billy Turner. Clueless greedy owners dump the trainer (s) who got the horse to the status they were at and then “good bye”. One of the many reasons the sport is on life support!

  • peteski13

    She now has her foot in the door. If she has the talent, she can have a very successful career. Best wishes to her.

  • lexi61

    THE HORSE IS HER HEART & SOUL – HE can NOT be replaced with ANY OTHER horse – EVER Karma will get those people and that is scarey for the horse who will suffer from depression & most likely end up injured again , hopefully it wont cost him his life – horses with hearts like this one usually end up dead on the track from some moron move like this one .

    • Ticking

      Then why doesn’t she take care of the horses on her farm. She has all of you snowballed. You fell in love with a fairytale and it was just that a fairytale. She’s as cold hearted as they come. You’ll get all of the proof you need in the very near future. Every news station will have the package. Videos, pics and everything else. That still won’t be proof enough for some of you because you love a fairytale. Check out the pics on Kara Harrison’s Facebook of the neglect she inflicted on her horses. There are more visors to come. We are just gonna wait Til you fight it out on social media and then drop the hammer.

      • Volkwitch

        Maybe you should rein in your bitterness and save it for the judge.

        • Ticking

          What does bitterness have to do with the welfare of horses. Maybe you should find something genuine to care about instead of trying to take up for a psycho who you either are or know nothing about. Oh by the way what does a judge have to do with it.

      • lexi61

        i would LOVE to see the pics and videos of her ‘neglecting’ her other horses , IF this is true it is horrible, but to see the way she treats Runhappy it is hard to believe. She was given this horse because of the ‘good condition” all her other horses are in – so the story goes in print anyway, they said she takes ‘excellent care of all her horses’ ? so can’t wait to see if you are telling the truth about this ‘eviction’ and ‘terrible care’ of other horses ? the horses they have shown us in her care look awesome .

  • KY Jelly

    Thats not right

  • KY Jelly

  • Michael Castellano

    Wohlers needed an excuse to fire the woman, so she ordered something ridiculous, something she knew the trainer would object to.

    • Tromper

      Right, Michael. In business-speak that’s called “set to fail”. Give an underling an impossible or inappropriate task, then fire them for incompetence. Done.

  • Ben Cheese

    With all this justified outrage it would be nice if some of these commentators reach out to Borell and give this talented young trainer one (or more) of their horses to train. She has proven her ability. She is a hard worker. Her horses look great and it’s clear she cares deeply about them. Do the right thing and give her an opportunity. I know if I ran on her circuit, I would

  • drivingrein

    Wow….it’s obvious there is more to this story than the horse part. Two women with the same job under the same owner? A formula for disaster…and the horse may be the real victim.

  • Kathy Agel

    He’s learning now. Twitter is on fire, and they’ve had to shut down their official Faceboook page to any comments. Apparently, they didn’t like what they were hearing.

  • John Ikarus

    Did she rebuff Wohlers sexual advances?
    Hmm suspicious firing

  • Forecats

    does anyone know if Mattress Mac paid Maria the standard 10% on the BC win ?

    • Roland B.

      No, because she worked for them exclusively and was paid a salary in lieu of winning percentages. The owner also paid or arranged for all overheads.

  • Forecats

    thanks Roland-not a surprise, given the stable’s reputation, but still a classless move from classless connections

    • Roland B.

      The so-called owner’s team may think they have been calling all the shots and deserve most if not all the credits, but it seems to me Borell nurtured this horse and he ran for her. We’ll see if there’s a difference in the next race.

  • jponyplayer

    OMG, 317 comments on this and most of them Manure conjecture? Hope she gets to tell her side of the story tomorrow or Wed morning on Satellite Radio and is vindicated. Dicey stuff. Let`s see how it plays out. For now my money is on Maria.

  • Disgusting, the most heartwarming story at the Breeders’ Cup becomes the
    dumbest. She didn’t want to send the horse to the track with heat and
    fill in his ankle. Mattress Mac, you should thank her for protecting
    your animal, not fire her. UNREAL. You can’t be that much of an id10t?
    My favorite line: “The decision to move in a different direction was
    not made today”. Oh was it made Saturday, when the horse ran his heart
    out? Or perhaps, it was made after one of the other four wins in a row?
    Well at least the horse is going to a good trainer, NOT. Laura Wohlers
    is 0-5 this year. WOW, this is as ridiculous as Seattle Slew going to
    Doug Peterson. SAD, really sad.

  • sniperscout125

    Unbelievable. Isn’t it supposed to be what’s good for the horse? The owner, Mcingvale, and the “new” trainer Wohlers should be charged with felony animal abuse if anything happens to Runhappy and he is anything but happy. That wonderful horse ran his ever-living guts out and now they want him back out on the track training after only one days rest. OUTRAGEOUS. I bet Mattress Mac is getting plenty of rest. Hey, Runhappy, you just won the Breeder’s Cup Sprint. What are you going to do next, go to Disney World? No, I’m going back on the track so that my POS owner and trainer can run me into the ground and kill me.

  • MNJustin

    Sounds like the horse is the only good part of this story. When I read the story I was outraged..until I came across the allegations of Maria being a deadbeat renter. If these allegations are true I think this is a great example of Karma coming back to bite someone. In the videos on youtube, a woman who claims to be Maria’s landlord shows her house that she alleges Maria destroyed. There are dogs running around and the house is completely in shambles; all the hardwood floors are covered in urine, scratched and chewed up, there is dirt and filth everywhere. One dog even urinates on the floor while the woman is shooting video. In one shot, a woman who looks like Maria is sitting in the living room at a table while the landlord is assessing the damage. She starts playing music in order to interrupt a conversation between the landlord and a guy who is there to repair the air conditioner, which is clogged up from all the animals and filth in the house. There is also a judgment in a prior landlord’s favor from the last farm Maria rented, where she failed to pay rent for months and damaged the property. Everyone knows Mattress Mac’s record as a horse owner so it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that he’s the bad guy here but from what I can tell the only good guy is Runhappy. Good luck to the horse, I hope at some point he ends up with better people.

    • Mandi Mcbride

      You are so right. I hope someone with a big bank account comes and buys him and takes him to a good trainer and a great life.

  • Elizabeth M.

    Mattress Mac has been a sorry owner for years. He treats his trainers like pieces of Kleenex, he’s had horses break down when they should not have been running. He cares more about the money and the boost to his ego. He hasn’t had a successful horse in years and now he gets a really good one. Young Maria Borell is the reason this horse has run so well. She took time with him. They said on the telecast, they wanted a trainer with vet experience. So when she feels heat, take her word for it. It doesn’t matter if it’s heat from an injury or the stress of running a race–heat is heat and the horse should have stayed in his stall. No top trainer in his right mind would send a horse to the track that had run as hard as Runhappy did a day after that effort. There is no reason for doing so. You would never see a Bob Baffert, Shug McGaughey, Todd Pletcher, or a Richard Mandella doing such a thing. Ms. Borell was doing what was in the best interest of the horse.This Wohlers person, whose training methods are obviously not of the highest calibre, has obviously had her ego bruised by a young unknown and wants to show her up at the expense of the horse. Really classy. They’ll break down this nice horse, wait and see. I hate to say it, but these losers obviously have no care for the horse. For them it is ego and money. People like this have no business being in this sport. I hope young Maria Borell gets other nice horses, she deserves them. But she should be proud of what she has accomplished–two Grade Is with this lovely little horse and more than likely a championship, as well. That, at least, Matress Mac and his harpies can’t take away from her.

  • Michael Infurna

    Maybe Baffert will get the horse and he’ll run 6F in 1:06.3 next Breeders Cup.

    • JerseyGirl

      McMattress already fired BB years ago – one of 33 real horsemen.

  • Linda Parker-Fedak

    That is insane!!! No regard for the horse whatsoever! I hope the owner has care and concern for his horse and gets rid of Wohlers. She is a cold hearted person and I too fear for the horse!

  • Jdublin

    OK people, before you start jumping to conclusions about how awful this article is there are somethings you need to consider first. 1. How do you know what the horse has done in the past? I mean, what if after every start he has had, every morning the next day after a race he has gone out for a jog? If so, how is this any different from what has made him so great? 2. How do you know what Borell was doing? What is she felt bullet proof from the win and thought, you know what… I’m gonna take a jab at Wohlers today, these people aren’t gonna fire me, I just won a BC race… So before you draw conclusions, know the facts first.. Especially if the horse has done this his entire career.. Obviously he has done well somehow.. Granted, when Borell took over the horse started doing well. Well, he also dropped back from longer races to running sprints. This simple change could have been all he needed…

  • Meydan Rocks

    sports(—)espn(—-)go(—)com/sports/horse/columns/story?id=1772856

    ” As the failures, injuries and losses mounted, McIngvale went through four trainers — two-time Derby winner Nick Zito; Steve Moyer, a former Zito assistant; Leonard Duncan, a former night watchman at the racetrack, and Laura Wohlers, McIngvale’s sister-in-law and a former employee at Gallery Furniture. From Houston, McIngvale would call Wohlers in Lexington, Ky., and tell her which horses should work, and how far. Mattress Mac looked like a buffoon, and racing insiders were amused.”

  • sg77

    This really upsets me. The trainer doesn’t deserve it and neither does the horse.

    He is not, after all, a car.

    Phooey.

  • Felicity

    What a roller coaster ride for Maria.Kudos to her that she stuck by her guns in trying to protect Runhappy even when faced with losing him! There will be many more winners in her career I hope

    • Texas melt

      Why doesn’t she care about the horses at her farm the same way. Or do you excuse that because hey aren’t champions.

      • Matthew Weaver

        Hey “Texas melt” why don’t you reveal your real name and stop using Houston tx code names to hide behind. Oh that’s right that’s where the Mcinvale family is from. Wow what a coincidence.

  • OopsyDaisy3

    If the statements coming out of the minds thus postings of those supporting The Gallery Gang, it does not surprise that Maria received such shoddy treatment. Boy they have it down pat that she won’t get her 10 percent. That is what this is all about, first and foremost. So everyone on here, go to Gallery Furniture, i have one in my little mall. Buy a chair on your personal credit and don’t pay for it. Just saying. That is no different than what Mr. Gallery Gang did to Maria. Someone needs to keep tabs on Runhappy.
    Linda

  • Etrakka

    For all of you people who think Maria was responsible for this horse’s success do one thing. Have them ask her in her next interview how the heart rate monitor he wears while training works. Have her explain how she uses it to train and what it tells her. Ask her at what percentage of a maximum heart rate does she train at on a daily basis and ask what are the parameters that stakes horses have according to the heart rate monitor. I’ve never heard her once mention the heart rate monitor and it is the essential training tool for this horse. She won’t know anything about it. Also ask her why none of her personal horses wear it. Ask where she learned to use it. We’ll see if she uses it in the future. We’ll also see how many races she wins at any level going forward

    • trooper seven

      I note this post is a new name–Etrakka–, only 12 minutes old, and that the history (if any) of the poster is inaccessible. Seems to be 4 of those now that I’ve seen, probably more, all attacking Maria Borrell. Will the mattressman not learn that is only going to backfire on him?

      • JerseyGirl

        True dat.

    • Matthew Weaver

      Wow. Heart monitors are such a complex tool. So hard that only a select few can understand how they work. Few like Laura Wohlers. Who according to her own words in an article said “I have no idea how to take care of horses “. Then proceeded to say she had her hands on “1000’s of horses legs” in a article from Sunday. As Steve Byk said on his radio program the only legs she had her hands on were the legs of dinette tables when she worked at gallery furniture as a manager. Whoever u are “Etraakka” you sound very stupid. You can continue to shape and manipulate the story however you like but you can’t change history and the fact that Mattress Mac has gone through at least 50 trainers in his time as an owner and you can not change the fact that EVERYONE who knows anything about the backstretchs in Kentucky knows that Laura Wohlers is a clueless individual who ruins horses. I wouldn’t be surprised if you Etrakka were Laura. You both sound especially unintelligent when you speak.

      • jponyplayer

        Spot on Matthew, Maria has been exonerated. At approximately 10:05 AM this morning Byk took Wohlers to the woodshed and had only kudos and praise for Maria, I LOVED it.
        Bad karma headed south

        • SPA

          Wow, Steve “4 horses per race” Byk coming down on the side of righteousness?? There are so many parts to this story that haven’t been told yet. I do think Maria must be semi-competent at least as I believe she worked for Barclay Tagg who is a great horsemen. The timing, no matter why this is being done, stinks. I’m astounded they were looking to take the horse out the day after But stop with the Byk BS.

        • Peddler

          JPP ,
          would you elaborate on this? New to the thread but have been following the story since it came out.

    • Tom foley

      Probably the best tool I have ever used .. I was going to post that myself but wanted to see if anyone else noticed this ..

      Hope you are well ..

    • JerseyGirl

      Absurd post.

  • greg

    This says it all:

    After 15 years & 1,000+ starters as owner, @MattressMack had 0 G1 wins. Then @IMariaValentine won G1 King’s Bishop, BC Sprint w Runhappy

  • Roger

    If I had Ray’s money…..I’d send Maria a few horses:)

  • Bud Friend

    The timing of the announcement is unforgivable, whatever the the reason.

    By the timing, they are a classless organization. Sad story for both sides.

  • Neal Baker

    To all those who want to give champion sprinter to Rock Fall please come back to reality. Runhappy won the King’s Bishop and BC Sprint, the two most important races for sprinters. Don’t fault the horse for terrible ownership.

    • Roland B.

      The King’s Bishop is a big race for 3yo’s but it does not have anywhere near the history or the parade of big-time sprinters like the Vosburgh. Rock Fall can only win it in a protest vote if Runhappy ran poorly in the Malibu. Private Zone could also enter the equation with a back-to-back win in the Cigar Mile.

  • MLS

    McIngvale is flagging posts he doesn’t like. Just like he deleted over 1000 posts from RunHappy’s FB page, leaving only the ones that were in their favor….

  • jponyplayer

    Final Score Wohlers- 1horse, no respect
    Maria- 2 million likes, respects and walks away with her dignity intact!
    Game Over!! Maria in a rout!
    If this had been a prize fight the ref would have stopped the bout in the 1st round and given her the title.
    She will get horses and win races on the other side of this mess, trust me, my money is still on Maria. I think I will press my bet too.

    • ridingtowin

      Trust you? You just lost the house on those bets……blind fool.

  • MNJustin

    The farm looks much different in the video the landlord posted that was shot on Oct 31. Maria also failed to show the inside of the house which is destroyed.

  • You are

    If it was your intelligence you never would have took to Twitter whining like a baby about what happened. It should have been between the two parties but you injected your emotions into it and tried to make them look bad. If you had handled it differently this wouldn’t be getting more press than AP.

  • JerseyGirl

    Where are your “facts”? Cite them without anyone’s opinion.

    • vinceNYC

      You are correct Maria super trainer and angel Laura evil trainer and devil

    • vinceNYC

      St Marias words

      s she said in a feature that was part of the NBC Sports Breeders’ Cup telecast, “I was in a pretty dire situation until this horse came along.”

      That situation included financial problems and an eviction from Walnut Springs Farm and judgment against Borell in court for non-payment of rent at the farm she leased near the training center, where she boarded horses for outside clients. She is also in a dispute with her current landlord, Kara Harrison-Tucker, who alleged Borell stopped payment on an October rent check for the farm she leases in Scott County and has engaged in a “deliberate act of negligence and dishonesty.”

      Borell admits that she fell behind paying her rent and said she’s had to put liens on a number of horses she boarded or trained

    • vinceNYC

      The day after Charles Borell was arrested for animal cruelty in Mercer County, Ky., and a warrant was issued for Maria Borell, The Blood-Horse reported that the investigation continues. State and local officials are still trying to determine the identity and ownership of the 43 horses involved in the case.

  • Wayne Stacy

    Lets make no mistake about the purpose and tone of my post; or my experience in the industry….I have none. I am a photographer. I see emotion and read people through a lens. I have been an acquaintance of Marie for a little over a year. But I am not a “dear friend”. I have seen how she has treated and cared for this horse, and it is beyond anything I have seen before when it comes to turning around a “failing” in any business.

    To remove Maria as trainer of this horse is going to be devistating for this animal. Does anyone actually believe that RH is going to receive the same attention from Wohlers? is she going to take naps in the stall with this horse? spend nights in the barn with this horse? Not a chance, outside of workout day, and race day she will never be near this animal, and on those days, she won’t get any closer than the grandstand, or the rail, until it is time for a photo op.

    People have continually tried to throw Wohlers “training” experience up as though she has some wonderful resume…..when the obverse is actually true.

    Since the year 2000 she has had 11 stakes races, and her best finish was 2nd with Objective, in 2006. She has only finished in the money that one time. throwing out the 2nd place finish, she has an average finish of 6th place over 10 races in 15 years…..is that who you want training your horse, if you are in fact someone who wants your racehorses to win money?

    While on the obverse…Maria has had 6 stakes races, and finished 1st in all but one, a 12th place finish by Sgt. Sandals in 2014…

    Young, new, old, hot, ugly…….if you are a horseman/woman, this is who you want training your horses.

    Unless,….

    What I do know is business, and business is no different from one type to the next. You have businesses that are geared to profit, and those geared to failure. some do it by design, others do it out of ignorance, some do it out of love.

    People open restaurants because they love food, and they want you to love their food. Most close within 5 years; many within 24 months….it wasn’t about money. It was about love.

    Many big businesses want profits from the creation of a service, or device, to dominate, Apple, Microsoft, etc, etc……if a service or product fails, it kills it because its all about the profits.

    there are two kinds of of racehorse owners…

    Those who out of love and ignorance will invest time, energy, and countless dollars into an animal and a team because they have love for an animal and they believe in it……the money is no consideration.

    Those who look at a racehorse as a way to write off debt as a capital gains loss, and tax deduction.

    Jim Mcingales is the later in my opinion. Every single time he has a trainer, rider, horse that is ready to take the world by storm, create a great buzz, put the stakes earnings on track to profit……he destroys it. Because if the horse is a winner, then he pays taxes…he is no longer creating deductions on loses.

    This man keeps throwing horses at his inept sister in law because he knows she couldn’t train a barrel to hold trash.

    Maria was fired because she and RH made money……

    You want proof?

    First off, you don’t fire 35 (now 36) of the best trainers in the business over the course of 18 years without being a little bit touched in the head…

    Since 1997 Mcingales has posted 31 stakes horses. subtract RH from the lot and you are left with 27 races. in 18 years his horses have had three 1st place finishers, two 2nd place finishers, and two 3rd place finishers…..in 18 years. his average finish for a horse is 5.4 always outside the money.

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that he uses horse racing to offset the profits obtained as the “mattress king”…

    Wohlers is a middle management yes man(woman), who went crying to the brass when she didn’t get her way in front of the “help”. Mcingales is a narcissist who believes anyone else’s face on the screen or in print other than his own…does him an injustice.

    If RH goes off to California and finishes a race higher than 5th place…….I will be beyond astounded.

    They can try to spin their PR all they like, but they can’t spin math and statistics.

    • ridingtowin

      “if you are a horseman/woman, this is who you want training your horses.”

      You are a very poor judgement of character. This is the kind of person you want if you want your horses abused, neglected, killed and everybody not paid for their time and services.

  • David

    If you have a face book search Maria borell not racing sweetheart or Kara Harrison we all learned new things

  • vinceNYC

    HER WORDS- a deadbeat , 0-22 hack…

    she said in a feature that was part of the NBC Sports Breeders’ Cup telecast, “I was in a pretty dire situation until this horse came along.”

    That situation included financial problems and an eviction from Walnut Springs Farm and judgment against Borell in court for non-payment of rent at the farm she leased near the training center, where she boarded horses for outside clients. She is also in a dispute with her current landlord, Kara Harrison-Tucker, who alleged Borell stopped payment on an October rent check for the farm she leases in Scott County and has engaged in a “deliberate act of negligence and dishonesty.”

    Borell admits that she fell behind paying her rent and said she’s had to put liens on a number of horses she boarded or trained

  • Jim E

    Obviously Wohlers does not know too much. Rdiculous change if you ask me

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