Photo: joe labozzetta, NYRA
is becoming the custom with Zivo, the 5-year-old horse uncoiled a
nerve-wracking, last-to-first rally on Saturday to take the $100,000
Kings Point for New York-breds in a photo over longshots Sinistra and
up his usual position at the back of the pack, the late-running son of
True Direction loped along behind the pacesetting Comandante, who led
the field through splits of 24.88 seconds for a quarter-mile and 49.44
for a half. After six furlongs in 1:14.28, Zivo was caught in behind a
wall of horses, forcing jockey Abel Castellano, Jr. to make a decision
between ducking to the inside or going out even wider into the track.
Castellano chose the latter and his mount did the rest - kicking in
strongly to get up in the final jumps, despite being last at the eighth
was concerned at the top of the stretch that I wouldn't be able to get
out," said Castellano, "but when I did, I was confident in my horse. I
talked with [trainer Chad Brown] and we were on the same page. In the
last sixteenth, he gave me a great kick."
by Thomas Coleman, the win, worth $60,000, marked Zivo's third straight
and boosted his career bankroll to $350,100 through 11 starts. The bay
horse completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.66 and returned $5.50 for a $2
win bet as the 8-5 second choice.
in second - a head behind Zivo in the scramble to the wire - was 29-1
longshot Sinistra, trained by Karl Grusmark. It was another length back
to Beautyinthepulpit, who was pinched back in the late stages of the
race, prompting a stewards' inquiry to determine if the winner or
runner-up interfered with the 6-year-old son of Pulpit, but ultimately
the stewards took no action.
Awesome Vision finished fourth and was followed home by Moneyinyour Pocket and favored Comandante, who dead-heated for fifth.