10/17/2016 11:34AM

Ralph Ziadie continuing to run horses at Gulfstream Park West

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Ralph Ziadie has started 12 horses at the Gulfstream Park West meet at Calder Race Course in south Florida since the meet opened Oct. 8, an indication that officials at the track have concluded a probe that sought to determine whether his son Kirk, who is banned from the track, has a role in training the horses or is tied to the horses financially.

So far at the meet, Ralph Ziadie has two wins from the 12 starts, with one second and two thirds, along with earnings of $43,190. At the recently concluded Gulfstream Park meet, Ziadie had 20 wins from 66 starts, for a strike rate of 30 percent and earnings of $547,133.

Reached on Monday by phone, Ziadie said he did not have time to discuss the investigation by Gulfstream Park officials. “I have many horses to train,” he said.

Officials at Gulfstream and at the parent company for the track, The Stronach Group, have not responded to repeated phone messages left since last week.

Gulfstream officials launched the probe into Ziadie’s horses at the tail end of September, and in early October, they said Ziadie had furnished them with billing records for the stable to review.

At the time, Gulfstream officials had recently forced one trainer, Allan Hunter, to disperse approximately 20 of his horses who were linked to the suspended trainer Marcus Vitali. However, they also allowed Hunter to continue to train and enter 12 horses in his stable following a review of his own stable’s records and after conducting interviews with owners of the horses, Gulfstream officials said.

Gulfstream banned Kirk Ziadie earlier this year, shortly after he was granted a stay of a six-year suspension for multiple medication violations. While Ralph Ziadie started 37 horses in 2015, with one win, this year he has started 152 horses, with 34 wins. Many of those horses were formerly trained by his son, and others are owned by longtime clients of Kirk Ziadie.

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MsTBredRacing 4 months ago
This investigation is all smoke and mirrors. Not only was K Ziadie seen saddling his father's horses in saddling area he was on the backstretch at all hours helping train these horses. They can do all the paper trail investigation they want. Everyone at these tracks knows what is really going on. A Hunter is now being assisted by Vitali BFF ex Contessa assistant. Racing office turns a blind eye for entries by these animal abusing crooks. Some people don't like the truth. Too bad! The greed overriding integrity has to end! 
Lew Gelbman 4 months ago
Frank I agree I wouldn't touch that track with a ten foot pole
Mike Reynolds 4 months ago
A lot of stuff going on in South Florida. That's a nice win percentage that family has going.
DavidM9999 4 months ago

Ralph Z may be reputable but his son is a serial rule breaker. Kirk is rightfully banned so why is an investigation into this matter overboard? Seems like good business practice and player friendly.

Ralph has been around a LONG time. The spike in his win percentage from 1/37 to this year is astounding. Generally in horse racing if it is too good to believe then it should not be believed. Blood is thicker than water. I have no doubt Ralph and Kirk are colluding. Suggestion  to GP - follow the money. If Ralph is training for Kirk and Kirk calling the "shots" figuratively and literally then money is changing hands. Have Ralph, Kirk and clients produce bank records if Ralph wants stalls. I imagine that will tell the tale. How is Kirk surviving these days....living in Ralph's basement. Probably not but these days that does seems popular.

John 5 months ago
RALPH ZIADIE IS A REPUTABLE TRAINER. 
GULFSTREAM IS GOING A LITTLE BIT OVERBOARD WITH THIS PROBE.
THEY OUGHT TO REDO THE RACETRACK. 
IT HAS A 2 BY 4 GRANDSTAND. 
THE PARKING LOT HAS AN UGLY STATUE. 
Frank 5 months ago
which I why I dont bet a single dime at that track....