Closing Arguments Made in Val's Prince Case

Final testimony and closing arguments were heard in Broward County, Fla., court Monday in the lawsuit brought by Robin Martin against former fiancée Steve Weiner concerning ownership of the 8-year-old gelding Val’s Prince. The suit asks the court to overturn documents signed by Martin in July 1997 that gave Weiner a 50% interest in the earner of more than $2 million.

“(Weiner) affected (Martin’s) emotional and physical ability to make a rational decision when she signed those papers,” plaintiff attorney Brad Beilly said in his closing arguments. “She reasonably feared that she was in danger of physical harm if she failed to sign them.”

But Dock Blanchard, counsel for Weiner, argued that the agreement was signed in the normal course of dividing the couple’s property upon their parting. “It’s just like a divorce,” he said. “The two parties have settled on all the important points but are fighting over the beautiful vase.”

Val’s Prince returned to racing with a 10th-place finish in the Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga July 28. It was his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Turf last November. He could make his next start Sept. 9 as the defending champion in the Man o’War Stakes at Belmont Park.

Judge Patti Englander Henning indicated she would review the testimony and evidence before she renders a verdict, but made no mention of when that decision could be expected. Both attorneys believe her ruling will be made quickly.

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