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Phantom Fireworks Sponsors Tapwrit in Kentucky Derby

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Businessman Bruce Zoldan and his Phantom Fireworks have a stake in today’s Kentucky Derby as part of the sponsorship for Tapwrit, a 20-1 entry in the 143rd Run for the Roses.

Phantom Fireworks announced Friday that its logo will be visible on clothing worn by Tapwrit’s jockey, Jose Ortiz.

Tapwrit is owned by Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert V. LaPenta. It is one of the most expensive horses in the field and was purchased for $1.2 million at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale.

The horse placed first in the Tampa Bay Derby, qualifying for the 16th spot in today’s race.

Zoldan, CEO of B.J. Alan Co., which does business at Phantom Fireworks, said he is “thrilled to be back in the action at this year’s Kentucky Derby.”

In 2011, Zoldan’s Team Valor horse, Animal Kingdom, also at 20-1 odds, won the Derby. In 2012, another Team Valor horse, Went the Day Well, finished fourth. And in 2016, Trojan Nation was sponsored by Phantom Fireworks and finished 16th.

“Winning a Kentucky Derby and having a second horse qualify and place the following year will always be surreal to me,” said Zoldan in a statement. “We are delighted to be sponsoring Tapwrit and we are wishing him and Ortiz the best of luck.”

Pictured: Tapwrit.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.