Amr Zedan

Reports: Judge Could Rule on Zedan Derby Lawsuit by End of Week

The lawsuit filed by Amr Zedan's incorporated racing stable to try and get Bob Baffert-trained horses un-barred from the GI Kentucky Derby could get decided by the end of this week according to several published news reports in the wake of a Monday hearing in Kentucky's Jefferson Circuit Court. Ron Flatter of Horse Racing Nation reported that the judge in Zedan's lawsuit against Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI) was "prepared to rule" on Zedan's motion for an injunction and/or on CDI's motion to dismiss the case entirely, but wanted to wait...

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Zedan: Derby Ban Based on `Pretext,' Not `Health and Safety'

Amr Zedan's incorporated racing stable advanced its lawsuit to get Bob Baffert-trained horses un-banned from the GI Kentucky Derby by telling a Kentucky judge Thursday that the motion to dismiss filed by defendant Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI) "confirms that the extension of its ban is based on pretext rather than genuine, fact-based concerns about health and safety." Zedan's Apr. 11 legal response in Jefferson Circuit Court underscored the time-pressing need for a swift judicial response to Zedan's request for an injunction before the Apr. 27 deadline for all entered Derby...

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$1.8M Win Win Win Filly Leads the Way as Top of the Market Drives Strong March Sale

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis OCALA, FL - With a $1-million Authentic colt early in the session and a $1.8-million Win Win Win filly late in the day, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale of 2-Year-Olds matched its 2023 number of five seven-figure juveniles and the auction concluded its three-day run Thursday with another strong renewal. "Overall, it was a terrific sale and we are looking forward to April," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. Through three sessions, 446 horses sold for $66,437,600. The average of $148,963...

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Win Win Win Filly Brings $1.8 Million at OBS

A filly from the first crop of Grade I victor Win Win Win brought a sale-topping bid of $1.8 million from bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, bidding on behalf of Amr Zedan, late in Thursday's final session of the OBS March sale. Bred and consigned by the O'Farrell family's Ocala Stud, the bay filly announced her presence at last week's under tack show with a track-record equaling quarter-mile work in :20 1/5. She is out of Unanimity (Union Rags) and from the family of Discreet Cat.

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'TDN Rising Star' Maymun Wins Pitched Optional Claimer Battle Over Stablemate At Santa Anita

6th-Santa Anita, $68,206, Alw (NW1$X), Opt. Clm ($100,000), 2-11, 3yo, 1m, 1:36.65, ft, neck. MAYMUN (c, 3, Frosted--Handwoven, by Indian Charlie) was a no-brainer 'TDN Rising Star' when streaking home to a 7 1/2-length graduation as a 1-2 mortal going 6 1/2 furlongs Jan. 20 and was trying two turns for the first time on Super Bowl Sunday. The 93 Beyer he received for that effort towered over his four rivals, and at 3-10, the Zedan runner won the break, but bore out badly into the first turn, bothering stablemate...

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Zedan Joins List of Owners Sticking with Baffert Despite Derby Ban

   Amr Zedan, who owns several top 3-year-old colts, has informed TDN that his horses are staying with trainer Bob Baffert, which means they will be ineligible to run in the GI Kentucky Derby, barring any change in policy from Churchill Downs. Churchill set Monday as a deadline for owners to take their horses away from Baffert. Any horse remaining in his barn after the deadline will not be permitted to race at Churchill Downs. "No move," Zedan said in a text message. "Mr. Baffert (is) our man." Tuesday morning,...

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Despite Churchill Ban, Key Owners Keep Their Horses With Baffert

With Churchill Downs having ruled that any horse that remained in the Baffert barn as of Jan. 29 would be ineligible to run in the GI Kentucky Derby, Monday was decision day for Baffert's owners. In 2022 and 2023, several moved their horses into the barn of former Baffert assistant Tim Yakteen prior to the Derby, but that may not turn out to be the case this year. At least four owners who have Derby candidates with Baffert have said their horses will remain under the care of their Hall...

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Justify's First Grade I Winner Arabian Lion Retired To Spendthrift

'TDN Rising Star' Arabian Lion (Justify--Unbound, by Distorted Humor), who became the first Grade I winner for his boom sire in this year's Woody Stephens S. on the Belmont Stakes undercard, has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2024 at Spendthrift Farm. He will stand for $30,000, stands-and-nurses terms. Bred in Kentucky by Bonne Chance Farm LLC, the chestnut was purchased by Amr Zedan's Zedan Racing Stable for $600,000 out of the 2022 OBS April Sale and made a big impression at first asking, graduating by three...

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'Top' of the Market: $2-Million OBS March Graduate Muth Headlines Saturday's American Pharoah

When the GI American Pharoah S. even-money morning-line favorite and 'TDN Rising Star' Muth (Good Magic) brought a sale-topping $2 million at OBS March earlier this year, it wasn't exactly a surprise to see Saudi businessman Amr Zedan and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert heading back to the Top Line Sales consignment for more. Fellow Top Line graduate and Zedan Racing Stables Inc. colorbearer 'TDN Rising Star' Arabian Knight (Uncle Mo) will line up next as one of the favorites in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic after posting a...

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Baffert/Zedan File New Medina Spirit Appeal

Owner Amr Zedan and trainer Bob Baffert, connections of the ill-fated Medina Spirit (Protonico), filed a petition for a judicial review of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commissions's disqualification of the colt from his win in the 2021 GI Kentucky Derby. The news, first reported by Bloodhorse, noted that the petition was filed in Franklin Circuit Court in Kentucky Tuesday and also includes a protest over Baffert's suspension in Kentucky. BloodHorse reported that Zedan and Baffert claim in the petition that the "laboratory limit of detection" used to identify betamethasone in...

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$4-Million Curlin–Beholder Colt Leads 'Magical Night' In Saratoga

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale of Selected Yearlings, which looked to have a tough task to live up to its record-smashing 2022 renewal, proved more than equal to that task and, when a fast and frenetic session concluded Tuesday night, the auction had once again set high-water marks for gross and average and tied its record median. "We have experienced some magical nights in Saratoga in the past and you've heard me talk about the Saratoga magic, but we ain't seen...

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Zedan Strikes Again for $3.2-Million Into Mischief Colt

Approximately two hours after Amr Zedan bought the sale-topping $4-million Curlin-Beholder colt at Tuesday night's session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, he pulled out his pocketbook again for a $3.2-million Into Mischief colt out of the unplaced All American Dream (American Pharoah). It was the third seven-figure yearling of the evening for four-time leading sire Into Mischief. Bred in Kentucky by Jeff Drown and Don Rachel, the $3.2-million bay colt was consigned by Indian Creek. While the Feb. 12 colt is the first foal out of his dam, he is...

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