SUCCEED® Blog:

Where #SeriousHorsePeople come to better understand digestive health in horses and its impact and management.

Nick Zito’s Thoroughbreds Winning On SUCCEED®

After over 30 years in Thoroughbred racing, Nick Zito is a man who needs no introduction among track enthusiasts around the world. One of only 17 trainers in history to saddle two or more Kentucky Derby winners, Zito has earned the title “Racing Legend” through hard work, perseverance and dedication to the needs of his horses. He was elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in 2005.

Zito most recently won recognition for saddling a remarkable five horses for the 2005 Kentucky Derby. He also turned heads in the 2004 Belmont Stakes, when his Birdstone beat out Smarty Jones to take the coveted third jewel of the Triple Crown. But this New York native’s career includes enough highlights to fill a novel.

Zito’s racing roots run deep. His father exercised horses for trainer Max Hirsch and Zito himself started hot walking and grooming for trainer Buddy Jacobson as a teenager. He also worked for trainers Robert P. Lake, Johnny Campo and LeRoy Jolley. In December, 1972 he saddled his first winner, Palais.

But Zito’s concern for his charges goes far beyond the race track. The respected veteran always keeps an open mind about new methods and new ways to help his horses maintain optimum health during the grueling training and racing campaigns that make them winners.

“Some of it’s very simple. Horses do better when they feel good,” Zito said. “Attitude is a critical part of what it takes to be a winning race horse. Thoroughbred race horses face a lot of rigorous challenges, and their digestive health is critical… There’s no doubt it affects their performance.”

Trying SUCCEED

In the fall of 2004, Zito found himself working with a racing filly who exhibited a variety of problems. While at Keeneland, he decided to try using SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program.

“The first thing I noticed was the filly’s change in attitude,” Zito said. “What a difference it made. Her energy level and her haircoat began to improve almost immediately. By November I had every horse in my barn on SUCCEED.”

After these initial successes, Zito became more and more convinced of the product’s benefi ts for his horses. And in early 2005, he approached Freedom Health, LLC—the makers of SUCCEED—about the possibility of putting his legendary name and reputation behind the product.

“I was so impressed with SUCCEED that I contacted them,” Zito said.

The Results

“I’ve been in the racing industry for thirty years and I guess I’ve been asked to endorse almost every kind of horse-related product at one time or another,” Zito said. “I’ve never wanted to recommend anything until now. I believe in SUCCEED 100%. I’ve seen dramatic results in the six months I’ve used this product. My horses’ haircoats, appetites, and blood work are all great. If they feel better, they run better.”

Leave a Comment:

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Related Articles:

+
The Summer Run’s Impact on a Rodeo Horse’s Gut Health

The notorious “summer run” in the world of rodeo is the most demanding time of the year for competitors and their performance horses. It’s not abnormal for rodeo athletes to travel more than 20,000 miles, […]

+
Meet Kassidy McKee, Professional Barrel Racer

Oklahoma native and barrel racer Kassidy McKee is no stranger to the world of rodeo. While most people must wait until they are 18 to hit the professional rodeo trail, Kassidy’s had a front-row seat […]

+
How to Feed Speed Horses

Your horse’s diet plays a pivotal role in how fast it can be and how consistently it can run at its best. If you and your horses are barrel racing, breakaway roping, or competing in […]

+
In Memoriam: Dr. Kenneth Hill

By John Hall I’m sad to report the passing of Dr. Ken Hill, the last of the triumvirate that developed SUCCEED. Ken was Professor of Equine Sports Physiology at Limerick University in Ireland. He ran […]

+
Can I Feed SUCCEED on Racing Days?

SUCCEED is a nutritional approach to managing your horse’s digestive health, including the stomach and the hindgut. It’s designed to keep your horse’s entire GI system healthy, which positively impacts many aspects of wellness as […]

+
Pro Rodeo Barrel Racer Sissy Winn

Texas-based WPRA barrel racer Sissy Winn is the 2021 Texas Circuit Finals Championship, and she’s already starting at the top for 2022. Her sights are set on qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo—and she’ll feed […]

SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program is a nutritional approach to managing the horse’s digestive health, including the stomach and the hindgut. Learn More

succeed veterinary formula

SUCCEED Veterinary Formula, available only from veterinarians, is an advanced version of SUCCEED and comes backed by the SUCCEED Healthy Gut Commitment. Learn More