Anthony Fick has been calling foul against Raul and Martha Reyes’ King’s Equine for apparently selling him a lame horse. The frustrated owner gathered with about a dozen other protestors – presumably his friends and fellow staff members – in a small rally outside of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales grounds to voice his displeasure even further.
The colt in question is names Silver Smuggler and is a son of Into Mischief out of the highly regarded Tapit. The two-year-old was cosigned for $70,000 but Anthony Fick tried to initiate a refund days later. Of course, Reyes shared his side of the story which very clearly suggests that there was a signficiant buyer beware sign on Silver Smuggler.
“They were advised not to buy the horse, but they bought it anyway,” said Raul Reyes. “Everything was transparent. I have been selling horses for 20 years, and we don’t do anything but by the book. They can say what they want, but the trainer called me and said the horse was not lame. It’s a bad deal. Someone has buyer’s remorse.” This story was corroborated by Barretts Sales which operates out of Ocala.
“I’ve had the best people in the business buy from me, and the last two years have been the best. Maybe this is part of having success,” Reyes continued in an attempt to justify why the sale with Anthony Fick was finalized.
Kim Lloyd of Barrets said, “There were accurate radiographs in the repository. Everything was done according to the rules, and everything was transparent. It is the sale company’s job to protect both buyers and sellers.”
This is part of the process with transactions involving Thoroughbreds. Anthony Fick appears to have been warned about purchasing Silver Smuggler but ignored what he was being told. Perhaps the allure of owning an Into Mischief colt out of such a well known mare such as Tapit was too much for him to say no to. But there’s a transparency during this process that is as rigorous as you’d imagine it would be. The seller, buyer and cosigner all have people in place who help determine the health of a horse.
Not everyone walks away from the auctions with a winner, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there is scandal involved. King’s Esquire has no known offences to this effect. Anthony Fisk seems to be the victim of his own eagerness.