Pharoah was one of a kind, says Zayat

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY STU­ART BRODKIN

HORSE RAC­ING AMER­I­CAN PHAROAH, the rac­ing leg­end owned by Egyp­tian-born Jewish busi­ness­man Ahmed Zayat, won the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic in Ken­tucky to take his prize­money earn­ings to a stag­ger­ing £5.5 mil­lion.

The Keeneland vic­tory added to his Triple Crown suc­cess in which he landed the Bel­mont and Preak­ness Stakes and the Ken­tucky Derby – the first time that had been achieved for 37 years.

Amer­i­can Pharoah, who won nine of his 11 races, will now be re­tired to stud.

Zayat said: “What a horse, the kind­est, f r i e n d l i e s t , hap­pi­est, eas­i­est, most bril­liant horse I have ever seen in my life.

“We h a v e been very priv­i­leged. We owe Amer­i­can Pharoah every­thing. He is once in a life­time.”

Zayat, 52, bred Amer­i­can Pharoah at his Zayat Sta­bles, which he runs with his el­dest son Justin. He and his wife Joanne are Ortho­dox Jews and live in Tea­neck, New Jer­sey.

They have three other chil­dren, Ashley, Benjamin and Emma, their youngest, who in­spired the name of Amer­i­can Pharoah’s dam, Lit­tleprincessemma.

The fam­ily ar­rive at race­courses in their own lux­ury car­a­van to en­able them to keep Shab­bat.

Trainer Bob Baf­fert said: “He’s prob­a­bly the great­est horse I’ll be in­volved with. He was a gift from God.”

Ahmed Zayat

PHOTO: AP

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