, $150,000, PIM, 5-19, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, 1:41 3/5, fm.
1--ZAGORA (FR), 121, m, 5, by Green Tune
1st Dam: Zaneton (Fr), by Mtoto (GB)
2nd Dam: Party Zane, by Zafonic
3rd Dam: Party Doll, by Be My Guest
(E95,000 yrl '08 ARQAUG). O-Martin S Schwartz; B-E Puerari & Oceanic Bloodstock (FR); T-Chad C Brown; J-Javier Castellano; $90,000. Lifetime Record: GISW-US, MGSW-Fr, 18-8-4-2, $958,577. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Speak Easy Gal
, 115, m, 6, West Acre--Spoken For, by Victory Speech. ($5,000 RNA yrl '07 OBSAUG). O-Farnsworth Stables LLC; B-William F & Annabel Murphy (FL); T-Martin D Wolfson; $30,000.
, 116, f, 4, Dansili (GB)
--Comic (Ire), by Be My Chief. (275,000gns yrl '09 TATOCT). O-Richard Santulli; B-Floors Farming & The Duke Of Devonshire (IRE); T-Alan E Goldberg; $15,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, 3/4, NK. Odds: 1.00, 12.20, 2.40.
Also Ran: Smart Sting, Idle Talk, Camelia Rose (Fr), Baltimore Belle.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
A two-time Group 3 winner in France during her sophomore year, Martin Schwartz's Zagora quickly established herself as one to watch with a runner-up finish in that year's GI QEII at Keeneland. During her 4-year-old campaign, the chestnut, who placed earlier that term in Belmont's GII New York H. and GIII Hillsborough S. at Tampa, got her Grade I in the July 30 GI Diana S. at Saratoga. Seventh in her 2011 finale in the GII Canadian H. Sept. 18, kicked off 2012 the right way when taking a pair of Tampa stakes; the GIII Endeavor S. Feb. 4 and Mar. 10 the GIII Hillsborough S. Favored in her latest start, the French bred came home fifth–beaten 3 3/4 lengths–in Keeneland's GI Jenny Wiley S. at 1 1/16 miles Apr. 14. Sent off the piping hot favorite for her first go at Old Hilltop, the Chad Brown trainee was a little flat-footed at the start and assumed her customary place at the back of the pack through an honest opening quarter mile in :23.80. Improving her position steadily as pacesetter Speak Easy Gal reeled off splits of :48.02 half and 1:12.02 three quarters, Zagora was two wide turning for home and overtook the wilting leader to post her third win of the season. "It worked out really good," said winning rider Javier Castellano. "It was a great performance. The pace was pretty fast today and she didn't break that good. I was a little concerned about that, but the bottom line is that it worked out great." Brown added, "Once she gets settled and gathers herself together, she really has a strong kick. Javier's a top rider and, when he's on my horses, I'm a lot less nervous. Nine times out of 10, he finds a way. She didn't break that well, but I thought Javier did a great job to stay on the inside. He knew he was on the best horse."