Triple Crown tail chewer Mr. Z has first big race win

Mr. Z after his Ohio Derby win.
Mr. Z after his Ohio Derby win, with jockey Joe Bravo up.

American Pharoah’s one-time stablemate and the naughty horse suspected of chewing the champ’s tail off, has had his first stakes win in the US.

The only view Mr. Z got of his former stablemate American Pharoah in the Preakness was his back end, as the latter sped to win on his way to Triple Crown glory, while Mr. Z finished fifth.

But after placings in his past eight races, Mr. Z got his nose in front to win the $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown at the weekend.

Previously, his nefarious claim to fame was being the prime suspect in the chewing of American Pharoah’s tail while the pair were two-year-olds at the McKathan Brothers Farm near Ocala, Florida.

Mr. Z was named after named after American Pharoah’s owner Ahmed Zayat.

Bred by Richard Maynard, the son of Malibu Moon raced for Zayat Stables until just before the Preakness. He is now owned by Calumet Farm and trained by D. Wayne Lukas.

Bought for $135,000 as a yearling, his dam, Stormy Bear (by Storm Cat) is a half-sister to champion Chief Bearhart and Grade 1 winner Explosive Red.

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