@casey, The only reason I posted the article is because the "whipping" is all over the internet and in no way was I putting down the Zayats. I reiterated that point in my reply to RR12 above plus I didn't write the article. To most people, the thought was Victor whipped out of panic, not cruelty to the horse. On racing's big day, non-regular fans were dismayed by what they saw as excessive whipping.
@Casey - your pictures are amazing - what a soft kind eye on him! Makes me want to root for him even more!
Casey, Thank you for the wonderful pictures of Pharoah. From what Mr. Zayat said, he is a big pet in the barn. I watched the replay of the Derby and could not count the hits with the whip. I am sure that if Victor hit AF too many times, Mr. Zayat had a little chat with him.
I think Victor just got nervous and fanned the heck out of Pharoah. It did not look like he made contact even most of the time.That really is a sweet-looking horse. Lovely eyes. Even when he was nervous in the post parade he was very contained.