In 2016, celebrity chef, restaurateur and horse owner Bobby Flay bought a share of Creator just weeks before the colt won that year’s Belmont Stakes by a head. Now Flay is adding another calculating ingredient to his racing portfolio, buying a stake in Belmont Stakes competitor We the People.
Flay joined the ownership group of WinStar Farm, CMNWLTH and Siena Farm five days before Saturday’s 154th Belmont Stakes.
“I am delighted to join the We the People team. I have been an admirer of this colt since he started his career earlier this year,” Flay said in a statement announcing the partnership. “I want to thank Lisa and Kenny Troutt of WinStar for giving me this exciting opportunity. Winning the 2016 Belmont with Creator will be a moment my family and I will never forget.
Aside from Creator, Flay has done this many times. Last year he bought a share of Caravel before that filly won her first graded stakes race, the Grade 3 Caress at Saratoga. He sold the filly later that year.
Flay has a recipe for this dish
But Flay, a long-time attendee at various Breeders’ Cups, also owns and breeds horses himself. He owned More Than Real, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in 2010, and Pizza Bianca, winner of the Juvenile Fillies Turf last year. He also owned America, winner of Humana Distaff in 2015.
Pizza Bianca just won the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico Preakness weekend. She is heading to Ascot for next week’s Royal Ascot meet.
Having the popular Flay as a partner will boost We the People’s already rising stock. It will also likely pump more money into the offspring of the Constitution from casual bettors. He is expected to be one of the favorites for the Belmont Stakes.
“We appreciate Bobby wanting to partner with us again,” said WinStar President, CEO and Race Director Elliott Walden. “He’s great for the company and a great partner.”
When We the People wins, he wins big
We the People, a $230,000 buy at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale, comes from a 10 1/4 length dissection of Grade 3 Peter Pan. He clocked a 101 Equibase Speed Figure for the victory in a race considered to be preparation for the Belmont Stakes. We the People are 3 for 4, with their three wins by 21 lengths combined.
His only blip in those four races was a dismal seventh in the Arkansas Derby. He was forced throughout the race, finishing 13 1/4 lengths behind Cyberknife.
We the people went four furlongs in 47.59 last Saturday. His last practice before the Belmont was ninth out of 66 at that distance.