Zayat Stables colts runner-ups in all 3 Triple Crown races

Monday, June 11, 2012

All three 2012 Triple Crown Races

Campaigning two of the top 3-year-old colts in North America, Zayat Stables joined an exclusive club whose members include famed Calumet Stables, by running second in all three U.S. Triple Crown events the same season.

The Stables' Grade 1 winner Bodemeister was runner-up in both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1), while the lightly raced Paynter ran second in the Belmont (G1) in just his fifth lifetime start. In all three Classic races, Zayat runners had the lead well into the stretch before being passed in the shadow of the wire by the eventual winners.

With a combined margin for the three races of about two lengths, it could be termed heart-breaking, but owner Ahmed Zayat was far more philosophical. "I’ve been in the business 5 1/2 years. To have three seconds in the Derby, a second in the Preakness and a second in the Belmont, I have to look at the totality. And when you consider we achieved a rare feat accomplished by the likes of Calumet, who ran second in all three races with Alydar, it is a most admirable achievement."

Each of the Zayat Stables Triple Crown contenders was trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith. Bodemeister (Empire Maker-Untouched Talent, by Storm Cat) is expected to make his next start in the Haskell Invitational (G1) on July 29, while plans for Paynter (Awesome Again-Tizso, by Cee's Tizzy) have not been finalized.