The Allen E. Paulson Living Trust said Wednesday all horses trained by Simon Bray have been moved to the barn of Laura de Seroux and other trainers. Just four days before, Bray saddled Startac to an upset victory in the grade I Secretariat Stakes on the turf at Arlington Park.
The announcement was made in a release from Narvick International, the Solana Beach, Calif.-based bloodstock agency headed by Emmanuel de Seroux, and signed by Richard Cross.
The release contained a comment from Michael Paulson, son of the late Allen Paulson, who said: "We were very pleased with Simon's performance as our trainer." The statement said the change was made "to carry out the wishes of...Allen Paulson," for the "best interest" of the operation.
As of last weekend, the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust was 20th on the list of leading owners with 52 starts, 19 wins, nine seconds, and three thirds for earnings of $1,615,497. Bray, who had won with almost 30% of his starters through Aug. 19, also trains grade I winner Astra, who is eight-for-11 lifetime.
Narvick represented the Paulsons in the deal that sent champion Cigar to Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., after his racing career in 1996. Cigar, raced by Allen Paulson, later proved infertile and now resides at the Kentucky Horse Park.