Zayat nabs two yearlings at F-T July Sale

Friday, July 10, 2015
Hip No. 54 in the ring at the Fasig-Tipton July 2015 sale
Zayat Stables looked to bolster their roster at the July 9 Fasig-Tipton Yearling sale, picking up a pair of juveniles during the one-day central Kentucky auction.

First to join the team of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was hip No. 51, a filly by first-year sire Creative Cause consigned by Airdrie stud, where Creative Cause stands. The gray/roan filly, which went for $185,000, is out of the unraced Mi Cielo mare Madam Ann, whose four winners include multiple Grade 3 winner Yankee Fortune. Madam Ann is a half-sister to Santa Margarita (G1) winner Tarlow.

Zayat’s second acquisition came almost immediately afterward when they placed a winning bid of $270,000 for a colt from the first crop of Dialed In. The Kentucky-bred colt is out of Magic Smoke, who won the Cinderella S. at two.

"The Creative Cause is a nice Ontario-bred filly and we've always been a big fan of that program," racing and stallion manager Justin Zayat told the TDN. "Creative Cause was a solid racehorse himself and actually defeated Bodemeister [in the 2012 Grade 2 San Felipe S.]. We"ve always respected him as a horse and the mare was a quality racemare in California, too. She's just a nice-looking, well-balanced filly and she checked all the boxes. 

“Dialed In was also obviously a pretty nice racehorse and this colt is a big, powerful and well-balanced horse. 

"The yearling sales are always on our calendar and have the type of horse that we look for,” Zayat said of the stable’s philosophy. “We're mostly into buying colts, but if there's a nice filly out there, like the Creative Cause, we're going to strike for it. You may not get as much pedigree as you would at Saratoga or Keeneland September here, but these horses looked like really good athletes, even more so than their pedigrees."