Triple Crown champion American Pharoah worked a half-mile Sunday in Del Mar, California, under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat.
The nation’s oldest thoroughbred racetrack has history on its side, but fans here and elsewhere in the racing world shouldn’t bet the house on the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years racing at Saratoga.
It took 37 years to happen, so forgive Bob Baffert if he needs more than a few days to let it sink in.
Ahmed Zayat said Sunday morning he wants the fans “to still enjoy something,” and he’s leaving it up to trainer Bob Baffert to map out a schedule.
The 52-year-old from Egypt, who lives in Teaneck, New Jersey, has known all along he had a champion in American Pharoah.
American Pharoah picked up the training tempo Thursday morning as he prepares for the Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes.
When Ahmed Zayat becomes involved in business, he’s going for the gusto. No glass half empty for him. He’s all in, all the time, consumed at being the best.
Ahmed Zayat, owner of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses him of owing $1.65 million to a man who says he fronted Zayat money for gambling bets.
The federal breach of contract lawsuit was filed in March 2014 by Howard Rubinsky, 58, of Florida.
The owner of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah sold the breeding rights to his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to Coolmore Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
To spoil or not to spoil. That is the question.
“My own experience has been that when we are overwhelming favorites, we always lose,” J. Paul Reddam said Wednesday.