Making Waves: Another Serving Of Dolce At Del Mar

Dolce Zel | Benoit Photo


   In this series, the TDN takes a look at notable successes of European-based sires in North America. This week's column is highlighted by the victory of Dolce Zel in the Kathryn Crosby S. at Del Mar last Saturday.


Sweet Success For Zelzal Filly

Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb, Robert LaPenta and Michael Caruso's Dolce Zel (Fr) (Zelzal {Fr}) padded her stakes resume with a victory in the Kathryn Crosby S. at Del Mar last Saturday (video). The Phil D'Amato trainee was bred by Scuderia Micolo di Nicola Galli and C. SNC.

The winner of both the GIII Florida Oaks and GIII Lake George S. is a daughter of Dolce Attesa (GB) (Dr Fong). She won both of her French starts for Scuderia Micolo SNC and trainers Alessandro and Giuseppe Botti before changing hands and traveling to the U.S. Her winning dam previously foaled the listed winner and multiple group-placed Pure Zen (Fr) (Zoffany {Ire}). The second dam, Lady Gin (Saint Ballado), set a new course record for five furlongs at Hawthorne Park in the Wooden Star S. This is the extended family of Champion Female Sprinter Musical Romance (Concorde's Tune).

With just six runners Stateside, Zelzal has two winners (33%), and, besides Dolce Zel, the GIII Sweet Life S. winner Ouraika (Fr) to his name in that locale.



Angel Flies At Aqueduct

Lawrence Goichman's Alluring Angel (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) checked another mark in her win column at Aqueduct last weekend for trainer Mike Maker (video). She has been placed in two stakes to date.

The 48,000gns Tattersalls December foal buy for Goichman was bred by Michael Wates, CBE out of the Teofilo (Ire) mare All Of Me (GB), herself a half-sister to G1 Queen Elizabeth S. second I Can Fly (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). Her latest offspring are a €300,000 Goffs Orby yearling colt named Point Spread (GB) (Earthlight {Ire}) and a weanling filly by Ardad (Ire). Landseer (GB) (Danehill), a winner of the G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains and GI Keeneland Turf Mile, is under the third dam.

Coolmore's Fastnet Rock has 18 winners from 37 runners (48%) to his credit in America. Five of those (13%) have won stakes including GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf heroine Pizza Bianca and GI Man o'War S. victress Zhukova (Ire).



Repeat Winner:

Big Everest (GB) (The Gurkha {Ire}), who races for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Steven Rocco and William Branch, won the Artie Schiller S. at Aqueduct for trainer Christophe Clement last Sunday (video). He was previously featured in April when winning the Danger's Hour S. at that track.


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