• Horse Trainer Vladimir Cerin Involved in Relationship Dispute


    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A woman is suing a well-known horse trainer, alleging he reneged on promises to support her during their long-time relationship and now wants to evict her.

    Kathleen Quinn filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday against Vladimir Cerin, alleging breach-of-contract. She is seeking compensatory damages of more than $1.5 million.

    A representative for Cerin could not be immediately reached.

    According to the complaint, Quinn and Cerin lived together for six years until they broke up in July.

    “They were in a loving, committed monogamous relationship in which they had an oral and/or implied agreement to share their lives and their property,” the suit states. “The committed nature of this relationship was evidenced by, among other things, the fact that they had planned to marry, the fact they had a (son) together and the fact that Quinn gave up her career at Cerin’s request.”

    Quinn worked as a vocational education teacher who at times made $5,300 a month, the suit states.

    Cerin also promised to provide shelter and companionship to Quinn and their son as well as her four children from previous marriages and her grandchildren, the suit states.

    Quinn complied with Cerin’s request that she and their son Colt, now 5, be with him for much of the time he was at race tracks, the suit states.

    “Cerin used Quinn and Colt as his front people to interact with and entertain clients, jockeys, horse owners and others while Cerin often tended to his horses behind the scenes,” the suit states. “Quinn also was required frequently to host lunches and attend dinners for his clients and colleagues.”

    The suit further alleges that Cerin exposed Quinn “to possible criminal or civil liability by having illegal performance-enhancing drugs for their horses sent to her at their residence to that these drugs could not be traced to him.”

    Quinn helped Cerin cope with his long-term physical injuries and insomnia as well as his “addictions to pornography and Vicodin,” the suit states.

    Cerin told potential clients during the Breeders’ Cup that the two were married and he bought her a $35,000 engagement ring and a $4,000 wedding band, the suit states. Their private box at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia had a nameplate that read, “Kathleen and Vladimir Cerin,” according to her complaint.

    But this summer, Cerin’s outlook toward their relationship changed, according to the suit. He said he wanted to sell all his possessions, including an Azusa condominium he bought for her, the suit states.

    Cerin took away a car he leased for the woman four months earlier and “has refused to acknowledge any financial responsibility for Quinn, leaving her without money, car and now a place to live,” the suit states.

    “Now he is seeking to evict her from his property, where she has been living ever since they began living together years ago,” the suit states.

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