Tuesday, January 2, 2018
It seems like such a short time ago that Zenyatta was thrilling the world via her 19-race winning streak and unforgettable stretch runs, and anticipation surrounding her impending breeding career was high. Thus far, that career has been a major dud.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss have bred their pride to superstars Bernardini, Tapit and War Front, and they're still awaiting victory No. 1.
Zenyatta's first foal, born in 2012, was Cozmic One. The gelding by Bernardini raced five times, and, amazingly, finished 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. He earned $5,770. Foal No. 3 was the War Front filly Z Princess, and she was euthanized after a paddock accident at Lane's End Farm in October of her weanling year.
Foal No. 2 is the Tapit colt Ziconic, who made his 11th start yesterday at Santa Anita in a mile and one-sixteenth race over the main track. Victor Espinoza got some run out of him late and Ziconic finished third as the $2.90-1 favorite, beaten 5 1/4 lengths. He now has two seconds and six thirds to show from those 11 tries, with earnings of $67,225.
Three foals, very little success. But that's always subject to change.
FIRST TWO WINNERS - With very few tracks open on New Year's Day due to the horrendous weather in the north and east, Gulfstream Park's handle reached $11,317,111. Santa Anita was even higher. The first two winners of 2018 by Florida sires both came at Gulfstream, with the victories of Hard Way Winner and Capt. Overdrive.
The former is a 3-year-old colt by Songandaprayer, who recently took up residence at Journeyman Stud after many years at Walmac and the last several in Louisiana. Hard Way Winner scored by 5 1/2 lengths racing 6 1/2 furlongs, and earned $13,200. And, he was claimed for $16,000.
Capt. Overdrive is a 3-year-old colt by Ocala Stud Farm's former stallion Overdriven, and Ocala Stud is the breeder. He won by three-quarters and collected $13,200.
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