Thanks to several cookbooks, his successful flagship New York restaurants Bolo and Mesa Grill and his "FoodNation," "BBQ with Bobby Flay" and "Boy Meets Grill" shows for cable television's Food Network, Flay is one of the nation's more recognizable celebrity chefs. He is also a racing fan since childhood."My first trip to the racetrack was with my grandfather, Willie Flay, and it was at Belmont Park," Flay said. "It was a summer day, but it was rainy, so instead of taking me to the beach, he took me to the track. He was a big racing fan and he knew people there."I was not such a great student," Flay said. "So, when I graduated high school, I went to work cooking. I cooked a little at home, but back then, cooking wasn't really a profession that you aspired to, unless your family was in the business. I looked at it as a job. My first job was at Joe Allen's, and I remember there was a photo over the bar of the Triple Dead Heat from the 1944 Carter Handicap."
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2. Travelator, Stanley Hough, Edgar Prado, 115
3. Lilah, H. Allen Jerkens, Shannon Uske, 114
4. Areek, Mark Hennig, Javier Castellano, 116
5. Molto Vita, Dallas Stewart, Jerry Bailey, 116
6. Gilded Gold, Edward Kelly Jr., Eibar Coa, 114
7. Smokey Glacken, James Jerkens, John Velazquez, 114