Published On: Wed, Mar 13th, 2019

3 most successful horses of Jewish businessman Ahmad Zayat

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The famous businessman Ahmad Zayat is the current CEO of Zayat Stables, the company which bred and owned many successful racehorses. He first entered thoroughbred racing in the year 2005 and raced two Grade 1 winner in his first year. His most famous winner is American Pharoah (the American Triple Crown winner) while Bodemeister and Paynter have also earned him great successes.

1- American Pharoah

American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner in history when he registered the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in the year 2015. In his first race, he finished 5th at Del Mar Racetrack but then went on to win his next two races very easily. He sustained an injury shortly afterward and therefore couldn’t race in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

The 2015 season saw him included among the ranks of greats. He started the season with victories in the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby. He won the 2015 Kentucky Derby by a narrow margin with Firing Line while he claimed that year’s Preakness Stakes by an incredible seven lengths. He became the 12th Triple Crown winner when he registered the Belmont Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths. His winning time in that race was the 2nd fastest among Triple Crown winners.

Not only that, he won that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic as well to complete the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing. The amazing horse retired from racing at the end of his 2015 racing season.

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2- Bodmeister

Bodemeister is the famous racehorse who won the 2012 Arkansas Derby for Zayat Stables. He was named after the son of the famous racehorse trainer Bob Baffert. He was sired by Empire Maker, the 2003 Belmont Stakes winner and the grandsire of American Pharoah.

He started racing as a three-year-old in 2012 and came second in that year’s San Felipe Stakes. He then went on to win the 2012 Arkansas Derby in which he got the best of Secret Circle and Sabercat.

He was featured as one of the favorites to win the 2012 Kentucky Derby but lost the race to I’ll Have Another despite leading the race for the majority of the time. Both horses competed again in the 2012 Preakness Stakes and gave a great horse racing display. In the end, Bodemeister lost the race by a neck. Bodemeister was forced to retire earlier than expected after he was diagnosed with an injury to his left shoulder.

3- Paynter

Paynter is famous for winning the Haskell Invitational and finishing second in the 2012 Belmont Stakes. His earnings reach $1,101,924 which is incredible considering he didn’t race as a 2-year-old.

He won his first race at Santa Anita Park in 2012. He was featured into the Belmont Stakes after Bodemeister finished second in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Despite leading for most of the race, he lost the contest to Union Rags in the end. But he did register his biggest victory in his next race at Monmouth Park in the Haskell Invitational where he won by 3 3/4 lengths.

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