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June 7, 2015 12:29 pm

Jewish-Owned American Pharoah Ends Horse Racing’s Triple Crown Drought

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American Pharaoh. Photo: Maryland GovPics - 2015 Preakness Stakes.

American Pharaoh. Photo: Maryland GovPics – 2015 Preakness Stakes.

JNS.org – American Pharoah, a horse owned by an Egyptian-born Jew, on Saturday won the Belmont Stakes to claim horse racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978.

The horse’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, is an Orthodox Jew from Cairo who currently lives in Teaneck, N.J.

“We all wanted it. We wanted it for the sport. I’m happy for the horse, for the fans,” Zayat said after the Triple Crown-clinching win, NJ.com reported.

The historic feat comes just five years after Zayat’s company, Zayat Stables, had declared bankruptcy after defaulting on a $34.2 million loan.

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  • Mike P.

    Was the Triple Crown jockey, Victor Espinoza, from Sephardic Jewish decent, as with the original Espinoza?

    He did seek the Rebbe’s blessing before the race.

    • joydbrower

      From what I’ve read in other sources, Espinoza (a wonderful Sephardic name!) is NOT Jewish, but, apparently, he’s very “spiritual” and meditates & prays several times a day. I guess visiting the Rebbe’s sacred gravesite was just another “day at the office” for him!! But I love the story!

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