Trainer Tom Albertrani hopes a different pace scenario will help Zo Impressive, second to Contested in the
Acorn, turn the tables when she competes in the Mother Goose.
In the Acorn, Contested led by three lengths at the first call as Zo
Impressive settled in third, 5 ½ lengths behind the eventual winner. Zo
Impressive dropped back to fourth a half-mile into the race, then made a wide
rally into second, ultimately finishing five lengths behind the winner.
“In the Acorn nobody really went with Contested,” said
Albertrani, who trains Zo Impressive for Live Oak Plantation. “I was
thinking [Aubby K] might go with her, but we found ourselves up close. We
wanted to take back a little. A different scenario might help us where there
might be a little more pressure on the front runners.”
Zo Impressive has never finished outside the exacta in four starts,
having opened her career with a pair of victories this winter at Gulfstream Park and finishing second to Grace Hall
in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks in March prior to the Acorn.
On Saturday, Zo Impressive breezed five furlongs in 1:02.15 at Belmont.
Albertrani added that he has pointed Godolphin Racing’s Buffum, an eight-length winner of an
optional claimer on Memorial Day, toward the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap on July
7. Buffum, a 4-year-old, seeks his first graded stakes win, having finished
fifth in the 2010 Grade 2 Remsen and fourth in the 2011 Grade 3 Bay Shore.
“He’s had some bumps in the road over his career, but right
now he’s doing really well. Couldn’t be better,” said
Albertrani. “I look forward to getting him back on track. His last race
was very impressive. It took time for him to mature. His last race certainly
showed he could be a very nice older horse this year.”
Buffum posted a 59.57 five-furlong breeze on Saturday at Belmont.