The son of former Calumet Farm president J.T. Lundy was put on probation and ordered to pay a civil judgment after being convicted of four felony charges of theft by deception involving stallion seasons, the rights to breed mares to particular stallions for a given year.
Robert A. Lundy appeared in Fayette Circuit Court on Friday for sentencing. He had been held in the Fayette County jail since Sept. 25. Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine placed him on probation for five years but said he would have to serve four years in prison if he were to violate probation.
Lundy's attorney, Jim Lowry, declined to comment.
Lundy was found liable in civil court in November and ordered to pay almost $1.5 million to small-time Lexington horse breeder Bobby Lail.
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According to Lail's lawsuit in Fayette Circuit Court, Lundy tricked Lail into paying him for breeding seasons to three stallions: Grand Slam, Johannesburg and Chapel Royal.
Three of Lail's mares were sent to Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles and mated to the stallions. But Lundy never paid the stud fees, so the resulting foals can't be registered with The Jockey Club as Thoroughbreds or sold as such.
In the end, Lail was out more than $360,000, including the nearly $65,000 he originally gave Lundy for the breeding rights, according to court records.
On Friday, Lundy submitted a restitution check for the nearly $65,000 he owed Lail.
Goodwine said she decided to put Lundy on probation for five years to ensure that he paid Lail the additional $1.5 million from the civil suit. "That is the only reason why I'm allowing you the privilege of probation," she told Lundy.
"The Lails are hardworking people," Goodwine said. "They deserve their money and deserve to be treated with respect."
Lundy has one year to come up with a schedule of how he would repay the Lails, Goodwine said.
"You owe it, they're entitled to it, so you're going to pay it," she said.
Lail, who attended the sentencing, said he's happy with Goodwine's sentence.
"His life of privilege ran out with her," Lail said.