Newspaper Reports Warrant Issued For Trainer Juan Serey

A court in Camden, New Jersey, has issued a warrant for the arrest of top New York trainer Juan Serey for his failure to appear for a court-ordered deposition in the ongoing battle between himself and his brother, Mario.

According to the Trentonian newspaper, the warrant issued by Camden Superior Coiurt specifies that Serey "shall be arrested at the Meadowlands Racetrack or such other address with the State of New Jersey."

Serey, 51, was found guilty in August of bilking his brother -- who was in Chile tending to an ailing wife -- out of money, horses, and a truck. The Trentonian reported he has not paid any of the $479,000 he was ordered to pay his brother.

"Not only hasn't he paid a penny, but he's been trying to hide his assets," said Donald B. Veix, attorney for Mario Serey. He indicated that Serey, whose stable is based at Belmont Park, has been staying in New York. The attorney said Mario Serey is seeking to have a judgment entered against him in three New York counties.

The newspaper reported that the New York State Racing and Wagering Board has launched an investigation into his unpaid judgment and could be ready to suspend his trainer's license.

"My client has appealed the judgment in an appellate court," said Peter
Selesky, Juan Serey's lawyer.

The Trentonian reported that attempts to reach Jaun Serey, who saddled Book Smart to a third-place finish in the seventh race at Aqueduct yesterday--and earned a $4,950 purse-- were unsuccessful.

(Full story, Trentonian)