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Zazu courageous victress of Hollywood Oaks (G2)


Saturday, June 25, 2011 |
With a daring and courageous move along the rail, Tapit’s look-alike daughter Zazu rolled to her second Graded victory of the year, the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks (G2) on June 25. [watch video]

Under multiple California champion reinsman Joel Rosario, Zazu tracked the pacesetters for three quarters, before looming large along the inside with less than two furlongs remaining in the 1 1/16-mile event. With nowhere else to go, and a ton of horse, Rosario drove Zazu through a pinhole opening, where she burst through despite scraping the paint and bumping with a filly to her outside.

Despite losing momentum, Zazu quickly regrouped, and took off after Kentucky Oaks (G1) victress Plum Pretty, who had a clean jump and a clear lead. Within a few strides, Zazu regained her control and took command, striding clear for the daylight victory under a hand ride. Final time for the 66th running of the Oaks was 1:43.36.

Winner of the Las Virgenes S. (G1) at Santa Anita in February, Zazu has now won or placed in six stakes in nine lifetime starts, including the Kentucky Oaks (G1), Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Santa Ynez S. (G2), and Moccasin S. Racing in the familiar green and pink colors of Jerry and Anne Moss, she has compiled a record of 9-3-4-1, and earnings of $472,985 to date.

Zazu was bred in Kentucky by Dr. Bill Andrade and Michael Hernon in the name of Summerhill Equine, and sold by Gainesway as both a weanling (for $100,000) and a yearling (for $285,000). The Mosses purchased her from Gainesway’s 2009 Keeneland September consignment.

Earlier on the day, Joyful Victory, another Tapit 3-year-old, ran second in the $250,000 Mother Goose S. (G1) at Belmont. A Grade 2 winner of $476,100, Joyful Victory becomes the ninth Grade 1 performer from Tapit’s first three crops.

These two Graded stakes horses boosted Tapit once again into the top spot on the 2011 General Sires List.  Tapit stood the 2011 season for a fee of $80,000, and was booked full.