Written by: Sam Orlando
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA - In a distressing turn of events that has sent shockwaves through the equine community, Aiden Devaney, the owner of Corrib Factor, a thoroughbred with a bright future cut tragically short, has filed a lawsuit against Old Dominion Equine Associates and others, alleging professional malpractice, negligence, and breach of bailment. The case, filed in the Western District of Virginia, Charlottesville Division, underlines the grave responsibilities veterinary professionals and training facilities bear in the care and treatment of racehorses.
Corrib Factor, born on February 13, 2021, on Mr. Devaney's New Jersey farm, was not just any racehorse. With a lineage promising success and a stud fee of $15,900 for his sire, The Factor, expectations were high. However, after undergoing a routine gelding procedure on January 2, 2023, Corrib Factor developed a severe infection, leading to his euthanasia a month later, on February 2, 2023.
The lawsuit alleges that Old Dominion Equine Associates, along with veterinarians Dr. Keith F. Brady and Dr. Tiffany M. Snell, deviated from standard veterinary practices by failing to diagnose and properly treat the infection resulting from the gelding procedure. Despite clear signs of complication, it is claimed that an antibiotic was not administered until it was tragically too late.
Further, the suit accuses Braeburn Training Center of negligence and breach of bailment for failing to provide adequate care and timely communicate the severity of Corrib Factor's condition to Mr. Devaney. The loss of Corrib Factor not only represents a financial blow—with the horse valued at $125,000 and total damages sought amounting to $200,000—but also a devastating emotional toll on all who had high hopes for his racing career.
This case highlights the critical importance of stringent standards in veterinary care and the duty of transparency and diligence that training facilities owe to horse owners. As the legal proceedings unfold, the equine community watches closely, hoping for justice for Corrib Factor and a reevaluation of practices to prevent such tragedies in the future.
The outcome of this lawsuit may set a precedent, emphasizing the accountability of veterinary professionals and training centers in the care of their equine charges. It serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities in the racing industry and the imperative to uphold the highest standards of care and ethics in the treatment of these majestic animals.
Attempts to reach the Defendants in this case were unsuccessful at press time. This story will be updated when the defendants comment, or publicly file a response.
As the case is set to proceed, it stands as a solemn testament to the bonds between owners and their horses, and the profound loss felt when those animals are taken too soon due to alleged professional oversight.