A hearing scheduled for Jan. 29 in the lawsuit between David Lanzman and IEAH Stable related to the ownership of the colt I Want Revenge has been rescheduled for Feb. 12.
Mike Meuser, a Lexington attorney representing Californian Lanzman, said the postponement was due to a settlement reached between the two parties. He said the hearing was rescheduled because there are contingencies associated with the settlement that have not been met.
The hearing was to hear a motion filed by Lanzman to dismiss a countersuit filed by IEAH over the ownership of I Want Revenge. The colt who was morning-line favorite for the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) but was scratched on the day of the race due to an injury.
Lanzman sold a half-interest in I Want Revenge to IEAH prior to the colt’s victory in last year’s Wood Memorial (gr. I). As part of the deal, Lanzman received a 25% interest in the champion filly Stardom Bound, owned by IEAH.
Lanzman later sued IEAH, contending the New York-based entity had sold interests in I Want Revenge to other parties in violation of the contract. IEAH countersued, alleging that Lanzman and trainer Jeff Mullins were aware of I Want Revenge’s injury prior to Derby Day.
A son of Stephen Got Even, I Want Revenge has not started since winning the April 4, 2009, Wood as the 1-2 favorite. The colt, who also won the grade III Gotham Stakes, has been at La Croix Farm near Goshen, Ky. and will soon return to training, according to Meuser.
In another matter related to I Want Revenge, the California Horse Racing Board has scheduled a Feb. 3 hearing to consider a complaint filed by Mullins against IEAH. Mullins claims IEAH owes $31,336 in purse money and expenses from the Wood victory. That amount represents IEAH’s portion owed to Mullins, who has said he was paid by Lanzman for his part of the payments of expenses and trainer’s share of the winning purse.