C Z Rocket continued his hot streak and stamped his ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile with a victory in the Pat O'Brien S. Hammered down to even-money for this return to stakes company, the bay stalked from a two-wide third as Law Abidin Citizen set a :23.10 opening quarter. Ranging up in tandem with Flagstaff to tackle the pacesetter entering the far turn, C Z Rocket wore down his rivals in the final sixteenth, edging past Flagstaff to score.
Claimed by these connections for $40,000 from Frank Fletcher and Al Stall out of a fifth-place finish at Oaklawn Apr. 30, C Z Rocket has been perfect for the Peter Miller barn, starting with a decisive score in for a $50,000 tag at Churchill May 25. A dominant victor at Churchill again in a June 21 optional claimer, he followed suit with another optional claimer victory at Keeneland July 12.
C Z Rocket is the 32nd graded winner and one of 87 black-type scorers for the late City Zip. His GSP Successful Sarah is also responsible for winning juvenile Successful One (Tale of the Cat), who is her most recent foal. The winner hails from the family of MGSW Giant Expectations (Frost Giant), who also captured the Pat O'Brien in route to over $1.3-million in earnings.
Saturday, Del Mar
PAT O'BRIEN S.-GII, $151,000, Del Mar, 8-29, 3yo/up, 7f, 1:22.25, ft.
1–C Z ROCKET, 121, g, 6, by City Zip
1st Dam: Successful Sarah (GSP, $169,614), by Successful Appeal
2nd Dam: Sarah Rosebud, by Unreal Zeal
3rd Dam: Carolina Cupcake, by Whitesburg
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($800,000 2yo '16 OBSOPN).
O-Tom Kagele; B-Farm III Enterprises LLC (FL); T-Peter Miller;
J-Flavien Prat. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 21-8-1-2, $431,641.
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2–Flagstaff, 123, g, 6, Speightstown–Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy.
($475,000 Ylg '15 FTSAUG). O-Lane's End Racing and Hronis
Racing LLC; B-Summer Wind Farm (KY); T-John W. Sadler.
3–Law Abidin Citizen, 121, g, 6, Twirling Candy–Honest Answer,
by Tale of the Cat. ($100,000 Ylg '15 KEESEP). O-Agnew, Dan J.,
Schneider, Gerry and Xitco, John V.; B-Hill 'n' Dale Equine
Holdings, Inc (KY); T-Mark Glatt. $18,000.
Margins: HF, 3/4, 7 1/4. Odds: 1.10, 2.20, 7.30.
Also Ran: Blameitonthelaw, Giant Expectations, Manhattan Up, P R Radio Star. Scratched: Vertical Threat. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.