In its first year, a pinhooking venture established by Ahmed Zayat sold eight 2-year-olds for more than $4.1 million, a healthy return on the aggregate yearling purchase price of $1.63 million.
The first two Florida juvenile sales of 2017 will each feature a handful of racing prospects that were bought by Zayat Stables as yearlings and are being offered as 2-year-olds in training.
American Cleopatra began her early conditioning at McKathan Brothers Training Center, and graduated to Santa Anita Park last week. She is expected to breeze there Belmont Stakes (gr. I) weekend, one year after her full brother swept the Triple Crown.
For an hour June 9, trainer Bob Baffert and members of the Zayat family told stories and shared memories at Belmont Park on how American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory last year affected them.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Southeast Region
When Zayat Stables finally broke through with a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) win with American Pharoah, it proved worth the wait, as he delivered U.S. racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
Grade I-placed Maimonides will stand the 2016 breeding season at Hand Ride Stables in Dublin, Ohio. His fee has been set at $2,500, live foal stands and nurses.
Trainer Bob Baffert accepted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award on behalf of the American Pharoah team Tuesday, Dec. 8 during a lunch presentation at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.
Award recognizes American Pharoah's connections for enhancing Thoroughbred racing coverage through cooperation with media and racing publicists.
Eric Najduch was presented with the White Horse Award, which recognizes someone who has done something heroic for another human or a horse, on Oct. 29, but he used the opportunity to honor unsung heroes of horse racing.
Off since being scratched from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Zayat Stables' El Kabeir will make his return in the Oct. 31 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Team American Pharoah Oct. 27 reflected on this year's Triple Crown and what the horse has meant to them as he prepares to make his final start in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrives at Keeneland for the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic. Watch Video
In what is expected to be his second-last workout before the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), American Pharoah completed six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 Oct. 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Keeneland's 12-day September yearling sale ended Sept. 26 in Lexington with results that revealed a market similar to 2014's.
A colt from the first crop of grade I winner The Factor sold for $600,000 Sept. 18 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
After making history on the track this year with American Pharoah, Zayat Stables also made some headlines at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 16, going to $1.5 million to land a Bernardini filly.
Thoroughbred Charities of America announced Sept. 9 that it will host a fundraising event entitled "An Evening with Team American Pharoah" Oct. 27 from 7-9 p.m. at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky.
We are all well aware by now that Jill Baffert is the "woman behind the man" in the Baffert family, but it is time to meet the "women" of the Zayat family. read blog
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said American Pharoah is "on the sharper side" for the Haskell, his first race since his smooth-striding 5 1/2-length Belmont Stakes (gr. I) triumph June 6 at Belmont Park.
When the racing spotlight falls on Monmouth Park this weekend, Dennis Drazin, who has helped guide the track in recent years, is confident fans who attend and watch on national television will see a top track.
After three weeks off following his Triple Crown sweep, Zayat Stables' American Pharoah returned to work June 29 with a three-furlong drill in :36 2/5, according to clockers at Santa Anita Park.
American Pharoah looked strong and fresh in his first exercise as a Triple Crown champion, returning to the dirt June 12 for a clockwise jog before media and adoring fans as the sun rose over Churchill Downs.
Thoroughbred racing once again pinned hopes and dreams upon the latest Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner heading into the Belmont. Finally, American Pharoah delivered, rolling to victory and becoming the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.
Comments from American Pharoah's owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat and his son, Justin following the Belmont Stakes draw. watch video
Claire Novak updates us from outside of American Pharoah's barn, where he arrived on the afternoon of June 2, 2015. watch video
The breeding rights to dual classic winner American Pharoah have been sold to an undisclosed stud farm, ESPN.com reported May 19.
Whether Zayat Stables' Mr. Z runs in the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) remains up in the air, with Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas lobbying for the colt to contest the race at Pimlico Race Course.
Comments from the connections of 2015 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner American Pharoah. Watch Video
Justin Zayat of Zayat Stables has confirmed multiple graded stakes winner El Kabeir will not run in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
While Zayat Stables plans to enter three horses in Saturday's Kentucky Derby including grade II winner El Kabeir, multiple grade I-placed Mr. Z, the homebred American Pharoah is closest to his owner's heart.
Trainer Bob Baffert and owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat discuss American Pharoah and the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Watch Video
Trainer Bob Baffert and owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat discuss American Pharoah and the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The top three finishers from the April 11 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park, including runaway winner American Pharoah, emerged from the 1 1/8-mile race in good order, their connections said April 12.
Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah will try to wrap up his Triple Crown prep season with a victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on Saturday, April 11 at Oaklawn Park.
This season Baffert comes in loaded for bear, with Zayat Stables' 2-year-old champion American Pharoah set to make his 2015 debut. American Pharoah has turned in a series of scintillating works at Santa Anita.
Zayat Stables intends to move all its horses from trainer Steve Asmussen.
Some of horse racing's biggest stars are stepping up to the plate to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Zayat Stables' Paynter worked seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 at Del Mar, Aug. 20 in preparation for his cross-country trip to Saratoga, where he will face a number of the nation's top older horses in the Woodward Stakes.
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter, who was diagnosed with laminitis Sept. 4, continues to make significant strides toward recovery, according to the Zayat family.
Zayat Stables' grade I-winning 3-year-old colt Bodemeister has spiked a fever and will skip the July 29 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
Zayat Stables' Nehro, a dull sixth in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) in his last start, exited the race with an ankle chip and will miss about three months of training, the Zayat family said June 24.
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