Andrew Cohen's Sunset Stables, owner of Frost Giant , is seeking compensatory and punitive damages from Vinery New York in a complaint that alleges Vinery failed in its responsibilities to properly manage the stallion in 2011 and 2012.
Sunset filed the suit in the New York State Supreme Court of Dutchess County.
Among the issues cited in the complaint is that Vinery diverted potential breeders to other stallions and neglected to offer the same opportunities to the owner of Frost Giant that it provided to owners of other stallions standing at Vinery at Sugar Maple in Poughquag, N.Y.
Vinery contends that Cohen is attempting to avoid contractual obligations.
"It's unfortunate that Mr. Cohen has attacked the horsemanship at Vinery New York in an attempt to avoid his contractual agreements. This lawsuit is the latest attempt by Mr. Cohen to try to prevent his obligations," said Vinery president Tom Ludt. "Vinery New York plans to vigorously defend itself and is very confident we will prevail in this litigation."
The lawsuit states that Vinery failed to live up to its obligations.
"These actions and failures significantly affected the marketing of breeding nominations, the marketability of Frost Giant's breeding nominations, and the number of mares bred and the number of foals produced, all of which negatively affected the income the owner could derive from Frost Giant," states the complaint.
Sunset Stables later transferred Frost Giant to Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y.