Zip broke on top and kicked away from the field in the stretch to
capture the $100,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela for 3-year-old sprinters on
Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Photo: New York Daily News
by Rajiv Maragh, the chestnut colt left the gate sharply and led the
field through an opening quarter-mile in 23.57 seconds, while the New
York-bred Loki's Vengeance applied light pressure in second. After a
half in 46.37, Oliver Zip was given his cue by Maragh and drew off to 4
breaks so sharp from the gate every time," said Maragh, of the City Zip
colt. "This horse is so consistent. He cruised the first three-eighths,
and then he powered home."
by Kelly Breen for George and Lori Hall, the Triple Crown-nominated
colt was entering the race off a respite of just two weeks, a move
carefully orchestrated by Breen.
of the reason we ran back in two weeks was knowing how bad the weather
was and that horses wouldn't be able to train," said Breen. "We used
that [allowance race] as a stepping stone to have our horse fit and
ready to go."
win was his third in five career starts, all at six furlongs, and took
his earnings to $155,300. The Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct on April 5
is in play for the colt's next start according to Breen, which would
mark Oliver Zip's first attempt in the graded stakes ranks.
know visually he did it easy today, but I saw a tired horse," said
Breen. "We'll see how he comes out of this race and might point him to
the Bay Shore."
Oliver Zip completed the six furlongs in 1:10.21 and returned $13.40 on a $2 win bet.
Vengeance checked in second after prompting the early pace, 4 ½ lengths
clear of favored Long On Value in third. Good Time Henny, Hot Heir
Skier, and Germaniac completed the order of finish. Geaux Mets was