Valenti Equestrian Club Resident Zealous Tale began as a Thoroughbred with a very bright future. As the son of leading sire, Tale of the Cat, Zealous Tale has an impressive pedigree. He was fast and featured a unique racing style. However, a misstep during training caused a fractured sesamoid. After healing from surgery, Resident Zealous Tale returned to training with well-known Southern California trainer Doug O’Neill, two-time Kentucky Derby winner and winner of several BC Championship races. After returning to training, Zealous Tale came up sore after a workout. His former owners, Abbondanza Racing, the race horse owner partnership with horse Goodyearforroses running in the Breeders’ Cup & Great Friends Stable, run by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Vice President Craig Dado, gracefully retired him. Owner Bing Bush, Jr. then began training him as a hunter jumper for his second career. Today, Zealous Tale lives and trains at the Valenti Estate.
Note: MOST horses that retire from racing now get wonderful homes and second chances, thanks to several Thoroughbred aftercare groups – many of which are supported by TCA.