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In 2005, New Jersey-based Egyptian businessman Ahmed Zayat moved into Thoroughbred racing in a big way, purchasing expensive bloodstock at sales and sending his horses to some of racing's highest-profile trainers. Three years later, Zayat was the leading owner in the country with $6.9 million in earnings and 116 victories. Zayat is an entrepreneur who has found success turning around struggling companies. He developed the Al Ahram Beverages Company into the largest bottler and distributor in the Middle East and later sold it to Heineken International. Zayat bought the yearling colt Maimonideas for $4.6 million at the 2005 Keeneland September sale. Among his early successes were Grade 1 winners Point Ashley and Downthedustyroad. He campaigned Eskendereya, the 2010 Wood Memorial winner, who had to be retired with a soft tissue injury in his left front leg a few days before the Derby. His Pioneerof the Nile was second in the 2009 Derby, and Nehro was the runner-up in the 2011 Derby. 

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