Nicholas Philip Zito or commonly known as “Nick Zito” is an American Thoroughbred horse trainer that was born on February 6, 1948 in New York City. Zito is one of the thousands who have a great dedication to horses. Being deeply dedicated to horses, he showed his passion to it and started his career as a Hot Walker. This is somebody who helps give the horse exercise and keeps them fit. He really worked hard at this and with his passion learned everything he possibly could about horses then worked his way up to become an Assistant Trainer. He did not view it was any sort of work at all but his long hours and thirst for knowledge has put him among the ranks of the best trainers in the horse racing industry.
It seemed that there was always some luck that followed the great Nick Zito as well. It started when his very first top level horse which is “Thirty Six Red”, won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes on the year 1990, and the next one was when he earned the second place at Belmont Stakes which is on the same year. Winning in many horse racing events became part of his life. After Wood Memorial Stakes and Belmont Stakes, Zito won the Preakness once. Then he went on to win twice at Kentucky Derby and again in Belmont Stakes.
One moment of his life that he can never forget was when he got his big break in 1991. He won his first Kentucky Derby on Strike The Gold. After this big victory in the Derby he went on to win more than $8 million that he won in purses and was also inducted to National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Another achievements that Zito received was when the horses that he trained, Storm Song, became the 1996 U.S. Champion2-Year-Old Filly, and the other one is Bird Town, that was voted on 2003 U.S. Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. Additionally, another horse that was trained by him, who is War Pass, won the Breeder’s Cup on year 2007.
After going through all of these good and unforgettable experiences of Nick Zito, he is now the representative of the National Horse Protection Coalition and together with his wife, they both spending their time in helping and contributing money in Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.Share on Facebook