Ky. Lawyers, Horse Owners On Trial In Kentucky

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Two partial owners of last year's Preakness winner are on trial in northern Kentucky, accused of defrauding clients out of millions from a diet-drug settlement.

Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion attended opening arguments Tuesday.

The two attorneys own 20 percent of Curlin, a Horse of Year who was successful in last year's Triple Crown events. But their share has been frozen and a judge has said he will order them to surrender that share of the $3.5 million colt to satisfy a $42 million civil judgment over the diet drug fen-phen.

A third co-defendant, Melbourne Mills Jr., had no stake in the horse.

Federal prosecutors say the three men chose to defraud their clients. But a defense attorney says if anything was improper about the settlement, it wasn't intentional.

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