Looks like I was having fun, y'think?
The word of Just Zip It's victory spread around the room, and before too long, people whose names I didn't quite know were coming up to congratulate me. My buddy Bob had gotten the live update from the track, and the account he'd received was that she was left at the gate, but won by a "measured head." That wasn't too far off. She didn't really get left, but did break a little awkwardly and got bounced around. And "measured neck" (it was actually a half length) is often the way one describes a finish after the race. Not so sure I would have been confident that Jose Espinoza had it all the way if I was watching live; but he got it done with a couple of left-handed smacks. And I'm certainly glad that, at odds of 2-5, she didn't let down all of those who were counting on her as part of their Pick Sixes (nor reader onecalicocat), which returned $1,995 for four heavy favorites and two second choices. What was so hard about that?
Just Zip It posted a snappy time of 1:10.85, the second fastest of seven six furlong races on the day, and just 3/5ths slower than Southern Prince ran in the feature.
- That was a tantalizing possibility, the chance of Nashoba's Key meeting Zenyatta in the Santa Margarita; not this time, but maybe soon. Nice to see Carla Gaines' mare back in the winner's circle after a couple of losses. A classy run indeed, as she blew by the slow-pace frontrunner Dawn After Dawn ("Victor Espinoza couldn't be happier," Trevor Denman noted at the half mile pole) as they went from the three-eights to the eighth pole in 23:03, and she sauntered home in 11.52. I don't want to belabor the point, but some of the more charismatic horses on the track this year (which will, hopefully, soon include Rags to Riches) reside in the filly and mare division.
On top of the charisma list for the males is Curlin, and assistant trainer Scott Blasi described his latest workout as "awesome." You might think that Blasi is a little bummed having to spend all this time in Dubai, but he told Bloodhorse.com: “I wouldn’t trade this for anything.”
Monday, March 10, 2008
Posted by Alan Mann at 10:07 AM