Strike the Gold's owners feud

March 12, 1992|By New York Times News Service

HALLANDALE, Fla. -- The feud among the owners of Strike the Gold, who won last year's Kentucky Derby, escalated yesterday when B. Giles Brophy moved to dissolve the partnership and to prevent the colt from entering races until the group's financial matters had been resolved.

Brophy was ousted last August as managing partner by the other owners, William Condren and Joe Cornacchia, then filed suit against them last fall.

In his new action, he noted that the horse had not won in 11 straight races and said: "Strike the Gold is obviously mentally and physically tired."

But Nick Zito, who trains Strike the Gold, said that the 4-year-old son of Alydar was running strongly and that Brophy was "not qualified" to judge his condition. He added that Strike the Gold would make his next start in the Thirty-Six Red Stakes at Aqueduct on April 5 and would then be aimed for the $700,000 Pimlico Special on May 9.

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