Ahmed Zayat

Former Session Topper Given Away as Zayat Liquidation Continues

After nine months under court-appointed receivership to liquidate and manage its remaining equine assets, the insolvent Zayat Stables, LLC, is down to 12 remaining horses at eight locations, according to an October status report filed Nov. 11 in Kentucky's Fayette Circuit Court. One formerly valuable colt had to be given away during the most recent month of transactions: Lexington-based receiver Elizabeth Woodward wrote that she released the ownership of a 3-year-old Empire Maker--Duke's Dream colt "to offset boarding, training and veterinary charges which exceeded the estimated fair market value of...

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November Auction Anticipated for Zayat Horses Under Receivership

Attorneys representing MGG Investment Group, LP, which is the plaintiff in a $24.5 million Kentucky civil lawsuit alleging fraud and loan defaults against Ahmed Zayat and his family's Zayat Stables, LLC, disclosed in a legal document filed Sept. 18 that the court-appointed receiver in that case intends to hold a November auction to sell off horses that are being held as collateral against the unpaid debts. News about this anticipated November auction was made public in the form of a letter dated Friday and filed in United States Bankruptcy Court,...

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Former Zayat Financial Advisor Among Creditors Trying to `Force’ Stable’s Bankruptcy

Ahmed Zayat's former financial advisor is among the entities now initiating an "involuntary bankruptcy" petition against Zayat's family-owned racing stable. This Sept. 14 court action comes six days after the allegedly insolvent Triple Crown-winning breeder and owner voluntarily filed for his own personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Although once prevalent, involuntary bankruptcy proceedings are now relatively uncommon in United States courts. They are designed to protect creditors, not debtors, and are often filed against companies (as opposed to individuals) as an attempt to get paid when it is believed that...

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MyRacehorse Founder Michael Behrens Joins TDN Writers’ Room

As far as marketing for a nascent, unorthodox racehorse ownership venture goes, you couldn't do much better than a horse carrying your silks into the Churchill Downs infield as the GI Kentucky Derby winner. That's what Michael Behrens experienced Saturday, as Authentic (Into Mischief), bought into by his MyRacehorse microshare partnership in June, fought off favored Tiz the Law (Constitution) past the Twin Spires to earn the garland of roses. Wednesday, Behrens joined the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland as the Green Group Guest of the Week to...

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$19 Million in Debt, Ahmed Zayat Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Claiming access to only $300 in cash and $14.22 in two checking accounts, Ahmed Zayat, the financially embattled Triple Crown-winning breeder and owner, filed for Chapter 7 protection Sep. 8 in United States Bankruptcy Court in his home state of New Jersey. In court documents, Zayat is claiming $19,371,466 in total liabilities versus total estimated assets of $1,892,815. Thoroughbred trainers, horse farms, bloodstock businesses, veterinarians, and equine transportation companies are among the 132 entities listed as creditors who are due $14,755,1717 in "non-priority unsecured claims." In his legal filing, Zayat...

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MGG Claim to Solomini, Others, Thrown Out

Judge Kimberly Bunnell has dismissed the New York-based lending firm MGG's attempt to place a lien on the stud fees and progeny of Solomini, to claim nine breeding rights to American Pharoah and the broodmare American Cleopatra, according to Gregory Parsons of States & Harbison, who represented the owners of Solomini in MGG's suit. The ruling was issued June 10 in Fayette, Kentucky Circuit Court. Solomini stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, where he has bred 127 mares in his initial season at stud. In January, MGG filed a $23...

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Zayat Receiver’s Report Cites `Unorthodox, Possibly Fraudulent’ Billing Practices

The court-appointed receiver for Zayat Stables has "identified unorthodox, possibly fraudulent billing practices and billing errors in which trainers and other care providers effectively over-billed costs as a means of increasing the Receiver's statutory lien obligations," according to a report filed in Fayette, Kentucky, Circuit Court May 5. No trainers or other care providers were identified, and no further detail was provided, only that the identification of these practices is now "resulting in a significant savings to the Receivership." The report was the third such monthly report submitted by Elizabeth...

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Zayats Move to Dismiss Lawsuits Based on Jurisdiction

Defendants Ahmed Zayat, his family members, and the financially troubled Zayat Stables, LLC, are collectively asking a Kentucky court to dismiss a "fraudulent scheme" contract breach lawsuit by New York investment firm MGG Investment Group, LP, on the basis that the complaint has not been brought in the correct legal jurisdiction. Eric Mitchell of the Blood-Horse first reported the story Friday, citing Apr. 21 court documents. The January civil suit claimed that financially strapped Zayat family members allegedly orchestrated a years-long scheme "to sell at a steep discount several millions...

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Judge Grants Yeomanstown’s Move To Dismiss MGG Claim

Judge Kim Bunnell ruled to dismiss the claims brought by the MGG Investment Group against Yeomanstown Stud in which they sought the return of the stallion El Kabeir in Fayette County (Ky.) Circuit Court Friday morning. Yeomanstown purchased the stallion from Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables Sept. 20, 2017, for $500,000. MGG was attempting to acquire the horse as part of its suits seeking the return of horses and breeding shares sold by the Zayats which had been pledged as collateral for $30 million in loans. Yeomanstown had moved to discuss...

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Zayat Receiver Argues Powers Not Broad Enough

A Friday hearing could bring much-needed clarity to the $23 million lawsuit against Ahmed Zayat and his financially troubled Zayat Stables, LLC, regarding whether or not the court-appointed receiver in the Kentucky case should be allowed to have broadly expanded legal powers over racing and breeding stock. But instead of categorically fighting the receiver's Feb. 18 motion for more control over his horse business, lawyers for Zayat on Feb. 20 filed a response that asked a Fayette Circuit Court judge to grant that motion in part and to deny it...

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MGG Drops Complaint Against Thomas Clark Bloodstock

After filing a civil complaint against numerous individuals and entities that had purchased horses or other assets from Ahmed Zayat, MGG Investments has given up the portion of its complaint that aims to collect money from Thomas Clark Bloodstock. Clark's attorney Tom Miller received a notice Tuesday from lawyers representing MGG notifying him that the complaint against Clark had been voluntarily dismissed. Last week, MGG amended its civil complaint against Zayat to include several breeding farms and individuals, including Coolmore Stud, Hill 'n' Dale and LNJ Foxwoods. MGG has sued...

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Zayat Camp Releases Statement

The New York lending firm that last month initiated a $23-million lawsuit against Ahmed Zayat and his financially troubled Zayat Stables, LLC, broadly amended its civil complaint in a Kentucky court earlier this week (click here). Zayat Stables issued the following statement Thursday regarding the amended complaint: "We are disappointed but not surprised at MGG and Kevin Griffin's aggressive attack on the horse industry. Zayat Stables said from the beginning that it wanted to liquidate certain assets to generate enough proceeds to pay off all of its creditors. Motivated purely...

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