Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables has reached an agreement in principle to sell the breeding rights in undefeated 3-year-old E Z Warrior to John Magnier and partners' Irish-based Coolmore Stud.
"He will continue to race in the stables' colors and be trained by Bob Baffert," said Sobhy Sonbol, an associate of Zayat. "We will retain a breeding interest in the colt."
E Z Warrior, who hasn't run since winning the Jan. 7 San Miguel Stakes at Santa Anita, commanded the second-highest price, $1.2 million, at last year's Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training. "He was the most beautiful horse in the sale," Sonbol said at the time.
Zayat, a relative newcomer to racing, has not been averse to selling his young horses. Point Ashley, who won the 2006 Del Mar Debutante Stakes (gr. I) as a 2-year-old for Zayat Stables, sold for a sale-topping $1.8 million at the recent Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
E Z Warrior, whom Sonbol calls the year's "most talented 3-year-old," won a five-furlong dash at Hollywood Park last June in his first start, and then won the Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III) the following month. Sore shins forced him to the sideline, and he didn't reappear until the six-furlong San Miguel, which he won in 1:08.82.
"He started from the one post in all three races, and in each race he showed something different in winning," Sonbol said.
E Z Warrior, whose sire, Exploit, stood in Central Kentucky before being sent to Korea, has earned $135,000. Bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock, E Z Warrior is the first foal from the stakes-placed Carson City mare Carson Jen.