The sadness caused by the loss of Alydar was alleviated, to a certain extent, when Criminal Type was named the 1990 Horse of the Year, the first Calumet campaigner to win the honor since Citation, in 1948. At the Eclipse Awards dinner last February in San Francisco, much credit was given to Lundy for bringing Calumet back to the top. Apparently all the accolades were too much for Bertha Wright, who stood up in the packed ballroom of the Fairmount Hotel and screamed, "Don't forget the Wrights!" Lundy, by then estranged from Cindy, was humiliated. Two months later he resigned.
As one of Lundy's closest friends explained it, "J.T killed himself by being asinine enough to take Bertha out [to San Francisco] and embarrass her by not giving her the credit she thinks the Wright family deserves."
Today Calumet is being run by another outsider, Ward, a third-generation horseman whose own farm is two miles up the road from Calumet. Ward had hoped to reorganize Calumet, pay off the debts and keep it in the hands of the Wright family. But as the lawsuits piled up, his hopes collapsed.
Ward refuses to criticize Lundy publicly, though he points out that "the decisions to take that much debt on a corporation that was family-held was a considerable risk to the family itself." Since the Chapter 11 filing, Ward's most important job has been to find the capital to keep the farm running while trying to locate a buyer who will honor the Calumet tradition.
On July 26 in U.S. bankruptcy court in Lexington, Ward testified that 15 potential buyers had expressed interest in the farm and that five or six were "serious" and "of the highest quality." Ward also told Judge Joe Lee, who had approved a $3.3 million loan from First City, Texas to keep Calumet operating for six months, that he expected it would be October or November before a purchase price could be negotiated.
As for J.T. Lundy, he's running his own farm near Midway, Ky., 12 miles northwest of Lexington. I le refuses to grant interviews, but he did take the time to join in a lawsuit requesting that he be given the right to move the stallion Wild Again from Calumet to another farm. His friends say he's relieved to be out from under the stress that he had felt at Calumet.
Lundy's detractors say that Lucille Parker Wright Markey was absolutely right in her judgment of him, except that she never dreamed he would hurt Calumet Farm so badly.