by Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
June 8, 2015
Only in America: Non-Jewish jockey visits the Rebbe’s grave before racing to a win the Triple Crown on the horse owned by an Orthodox Jew from Egypt.
American Pharaoh, the horse and not the politician, raced to a Triple Crown with a win in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, two days after the horse’s non-Jewish jockey visited the grave of the Rebbe of Lubavitch. Jockey Victor Espinoza, not to be confused with the early 18th century heretic Baruch Spinoza, said he visited the Rebbe’s grave on the advice of a Jewish friend. American Pharaoh’s owner is Ahmed (Ephraim) Zayat, an Orthodox Jew from Teaneck, New Jersey and is considered one of the most flamboyant of horse race owners. As at the Preakness and other races, Zayat watched the Belmont Stakes without violating the Sabbath. When there is a big race, he always stays in a hotel or in a recreational vehicle nearby and then walks to the race track. READ MORE