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LAWYER RON SOLD, BUT WILL WEAR OLD SILKS.

Byline: KEVIN MODESTI Staff Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Lawyer Ron's trainer faced a bittersweet possibility Thursday morning as reports flew that the Kentucky Derby contender was about to be sold.

"I'd like to win the Derby, for sure," Bob Holthus said. "Especially if it's going to be the last time I run this horse."

But when the sale became official later in the day, it turned out to be a sale of only a partial interest in Lawyer Ron. Both sides assured that the 71-year-old Holthus would remain the trainer for as long as the 3-year- old colt competes. They also said jockey John McKee will wear the blue-and-white silks of original owner James T. Hines in Saturday's Derby.

It was Hines' accidental drowning Feb. 21 at his Owensboro, Ky., home that touched off the search for a buyer.

Attorney Ron Bamberger, whom Lawyer Ron is named after and who is the executor of Hines' estate, announced Thursday at Churchill Downs that part-interest has been sold to Audrey Haisfield, owner of Stonewall Stallions Farm near Versailles, Ky., where the horse will stand when he is retired to stud.

Bamberger and Stonewall general manager Bert Welker refused to say how much the purchase was worth or what percentage of the ownership changed hands.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 5, 2006
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