There is nobody more eager to show up in the winner’s circle after the Belmont Stakes than Ahmed Zayat who is confident his colt Nehro is poised to shed a runner-up reputation and win the 1½-mile Belmont, the longest and most grueling of the Triple Crown races.
Animal Kingdom sped past the leaders in the turn at Churchill Downs on Saturday and roared down the middle of the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby. Jockey John Velazquez guided the 3-year-old colt to the front at the quarter pole then poured it on to beat Nehro by 2 3/4 lengths.
Looking for racing’s next star to emerge at Churchill Downs on Saturday? Look elsewhere, as a series of defections over the last month have turned a race typically consisting of a “who’s who” among the sport’s top 3-year-olds into a race of “who’s that?”