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Meet The Press: Unbeaten Justify ‘Fantastic’ Morning After Triple Crown Sweep

The morning after his breathtaking victory in the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, anointed him racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner, a bright-eyed and bouncing Justify was showing no signs of the dizzying campaign that comprised six victories in just under 16 weeks. “We were watching the […]

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Gaffigan On Horse Racing: Funny Or Ignorant?

Comedian Jim Gaffigan performed a controversial set on the “Sunday Morning” show on CBS this week, calling out horse racing and the Triple Crown as an excuse for gambling. His routine included jokes about the attire worn at the Kentucky Derby, the use of the whip, and even horseback riding in general. “There’s always an […]

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In Their Own Words: ‘American Pharoah Was America’s Horse’

The New York Racing Association is presenting a weekly series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park. “In Their Own Words” features prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Test of the Champion.” […]

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Justin Zayat Hoping For Some Oaklawn Luck With Solomini

Job requirements kept Justin Zayat from attending the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 17 at Oaklawn. That hopefully won’t be the case for Oaklawn’s biggest prize for 3-year-olds when Rebel runner-up Solomini tries to give Zayat Stables LLC (headed by Justin’s father, Ahmed) its third Arkansas Derby victory in the $1 million Grade 1 race April 14. […]

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Enticed Preparing For ‘Tough Race’ In Wood Memorial

Grade 3 Gotham winner Enticed wrapped up his major preparations for next Saturday’s Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack, breezing a half-mile on Friday at trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s winter base at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. The Godolphin homebred breezed in company with 3-year-old maiden First Commander, who broke off along […]

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Zayat Stables Hopes Solomini Takes Familiar Route To Kentucky Derby

Justin Zayat said job requirements will keep him from attending the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Oaklawn. He’ll be watching, though. That’s because Zayat’s family co-owns 3-2 program favorite Solomini, who will be making his 2018 debut in the 1 1/16-mile major Kentucky Derby prep race. “It’s killing me, but hopefully I can make […]

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Paying Tribute To A Champion: Oaklawn Park Unveils Statue Of American Pharoah

In a ceremony held the morning of Jan. 11, Oaklawn Park officials unveiled a bronze sculpture of 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. The statue, which was commissioned by the late Charles Cella, is part of a redesigned entrance to the grandstand. General Manager Wayne Smith welcomed the crowd, and both President Louis Cella and […]

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Ahmed Zayat’s ‘Stallion-Making Stable’ Has Produced 24 Sires Over 12 Years

Ahmed Zayat’s impact on the Thoroughbred industry goes beyond his ownership of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. His racing stable has produced 24 stallions over the last 12 years, a number Coolmore’s Dermot Ryan called “incredible,” according to thoroughbredracing.com. The top names on Zayat’s stallion roster, in addition to the homebred American Pharoah, include homebred Pioneerof […]

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Zayat Family Announces Recipients Of 2016-17 NYU Zayat Scholarship

The Zayat Scholarship, a scholarship at New York University for journalism students interested in writing about thoroughbred horse racing, has been funded and in full force since the summer of 2016. The purpose of the scholarship is to help enrich horse racing journalism excellency and transparency and to educate a new generation of “turf” writers, […]

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Prayer For Relief, Keen Ice: Several Pegasus Contenders Record Final Workouts

Several contenders for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park worked Saturday throughout South Florida Zayat Stables’ Prayer for Relief had his final breeze, covering five furlongs in 1:00.81 at Gulfstream. Trainer Dale Romans said he was happy with that he saw as the 9-year-old worked from the half-mile […]

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