George Steinbrenner, known for his long and successful reign, which owns the New York Yankees, but also a long time owner and breeder of racehorses, has died at age 80 on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. His most notable horses Majestic Warrior won the stakes of hope in 2007, and Bellamy Road, the favorite in the 2005 Kentucky Derby.Either alone or in partnership, Steinbrenner had six runners in the Kentucky Derby. He suffered a crushing defeat in his last start Derby, Bellamy Road, who was sent off the 5-2 favorite in the Derby after a hollow victory in the Wood Memorial beaten. Despite high expectations, Bellamy Road faded after racing wide and on a hot pace. Finished seventh behind the victorious Giacomo.
Nick Zito, trainer of Bellamy Road, trained to Steinbrenner for 15 years and is a passionate baseball fan. "It's a sad day today," Zito said. "I had a good relationship with him. He took me to a playoff game in 1995 and put me next to Joe DiMaggio." Majestic Warrior, trained by Bill Mott, was one of the two years of his generation, was the story of the third generation of success for Steinbrenner. Majestic Warrior dam, Dream Supreme won in 2000 for Steinbrenner dancer. And his mother, turning, dancer won the 1993, including Steinbrenner.
"I found a true friend George, a friendship that began with my father," said Robert N. Clay, owner of three chimneys of the farm, said Tuesday in a statement. "I'll never forget the pleasure of spending time with him driving around the farm, listening to their views on things and realize how precious that a man was in fact all the publicity that surrounded him opposite data.