Derby Contenders

Zayat Stables

Zayat Stables was formed in 2005 by Ahmed Zayat, an entrepreneur from Cairo, Egypt. Zayat was introduced to horses in his early teens while competing in national show jumping events in his native country. In 2009, Zayat’s Pioneer of the Nile won the Santa Anita Derby before finishing second in the Kentucky Derby. In 2010, Zayat was back on the Derby trail with early favorite Eskendereya, but he was withdrawn from the race because of injury. In the 137th Run for the Roses, Zayat again finished second with Nehro.