Zazu Tries To Defeat Older In Clement L. Hirsch

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Posted 08.04.11 at 12:53

Joel Rosario guides Zazu to victory in the Hollywood Oaks. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 4, 2011)—Zazu, who upset Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty in the Grade II Hollywood Oaks June 25, will attempt to knock off older rivals in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Saturday at Del Mar.

The eighth of 10 races, the Hirsch is a Grade I at 1 1/16 miles. Post time at Del Mar is 2 p.m. Track gates at Hollywood Park open at 10:30 a.m. for simulcasts.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Sadler, Zazu was supplemented to the Hirsch for $3,000. It will be the first start outside her age group for the 3-year-old gray daughter of Tapit and the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line.

Second in her career debut last Sept. 4 in her only previous appearance at Del Mar, Zazu will be seeking her fourth win in the Hirsch, a race taken the last three years by Zenyatta. She has earned $472,985 in nine starts.

The 123-pound highweight in the Hirsch is the Bob Baffert-trained Freedom Star. Owned by George Krikorian, the 5-year-old Street Cry mare has been idle since winning the Iowa Distaff June 24 at Prairie Meadows.

From inside out, the field for the Hirsch: Freedom Star, Alonso Quinonez rides, 123 pounds; Washington Bridge, Patrick Valenzuela, 119; Zazu, Garrett Gomez, 119; Switch, Joel Rosario, 119; Ultra Blend, Tyler Baze, 121; St Trinians, Chantal Sutherland, 119 and Ellafitz, Mike Smith, 119.


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