Zazu rolled down the middle of the track to capture the $250,000 Lady's Secret S. (G1) by a half-length at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 1. The 3-year-old daughter of Tapit, owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, recorded her second Grade 1 win of the season, following her Las Virgenes victory at Santa Anita in February. This was also her first win against older horses following a game second-place finish in the Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1) at Del Mar two months ago.
The tall gray filly broke last in the field of seven, settling nicely for rider Joel Rosario. After passing favorite Blind Luck on the backstretch, Zazu commenced her three-wide move around the final turn. Gaining with every stride in the stretch, she struck the lead in the final sixteenth to get the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.59
“Ability-wise, she can run with anyone, anytime, anywhere," said Rosario, who won three Grade 1 races on the day. "She has an amazing turn of foot—one that I’ve never seen before. No disrespect to the other horses today, but she only ran about four jumps when we turned for home and then she shut it down.
"I just have so much confidence in her and today, she had 10 gears and she only had to use four of them. She really loves this track over here. She’s just a champion. I’m very happy with the way things are going right now.”
“I was a little bit surprised she was that far back," said winning trainer John Sadler, who indicated that Zazu is headed for the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (G1). "I saw a fast pace up front. She trained really well for this race. She’s been a little unlucky in a couple of races but to me this is your top three-year-old filly in the country. We have a win over Turbulent Descent. We’re two to one over Plum Pretty and (had) a signature win today.
"I mean obviously Blind Luck didn’t run her best. I’m making the case for Zazu. I hope the other filly comes out okay. Zazu, she brings it every time. She’s never run a bad race this year. I’m thrilled for the Mosses.”
The victory was worth $150,000, boosting Zazu's earnings to $682,985. She is 4-5-1 from 11 starts.
Bred in Kentucky by Summerhill Equine, Zazu is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line. Zazu was a $285,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase in 2009, where she was consigned by Gainesway, agent. Rhumb Line is currently in foal to Tapit and has a weanling filly by Birdstone. Both the mare and foal are cataloged to be sold at the upcoming Keeneland breeding stock sale on Nov. 8 in Book 1 as hip numbers 423 and 424.