• In this Aug. 14, 2016 photo mare Emira is presented during the yearly Arabian Horse Auction "Pride of Poland" in Janow Podlaski, Poland. Irregularities surrounding the sale of Emira have fueled a political scandal in Poland that has cost one official his job, prompted calls for a criminal organization, and damaged the reputation of Poland's respected state Arabian breeding program. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Mysterious sale at horse auction sparks scandal in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Anette Mattsson had bid 200,000 euros ($226,500) for a prized gray Arabian mare but soon stopped. With the price rising rapidly and no sign of other bidders, she sensed that something strange was going on at the annual Pride of Poland sale on Aug. 14.