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Zagora Sits Right Trip in BC F&M Turf

Zagora sat in a perfect position throughout en route to a 9-1 upset in Friday's Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita Park.

Consistent filly Marketing Mix, winner of the G1 Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita on Sept 29, finished a fine 2nd under Garrett Gomez. 

The Fugue, heavily back at 8-5, was hemmed in throughout under William Buick and ended up 3rd after finding a clear path in late stretch.

Zagora, a 5-year-old French bred mare out of Green Tune, paid $20.40 to win. She is trained by Chad Brown and was ridden to victory by Javier Castellano.

Quotes:

Chad Brown (trainer, Zagora, 1st) – “She had everything go her way today. She got the turf she likes, she got a great trip, and she’s been training great. I’ve never seen her look better health wise. Everything came together for her today and it couldn’t happen to a horse that deserved it more.”

“I’m so pleased, especially for the Schwartzs for being terrific supporters. They gave me a great horse to train. She’s been a model of consistency since she came into my barn. She’s a very reliable horse in the mornings and afternoons, and she gave me my first grade I win last year (in the Diana). She’s a special horse to me.”

Javier Castellano (jockey, Zagora, 1st) – “I had a beautiful trip. I was just where I wanted to be behind the speed. Turning for home, I went to the outside and she gave me a good kick. It’s a pleasure to a part of this. Chad (Brown) gave me a great opportunity to ride her.”

Tom Proctor (trainer, Marketing Mix, 2nd – “The filly that won has been a good filly all year. Take nothing away from her. Our filly ran good; the other filly just ran better. This is an exceptional filly, and we’re proud of her. She will be going to Florida in a day or two to spend some time on the farm and she will be back in training next year.”

Garrett Gomez (jockey, Marketing Mix, 2nd) – “I thought I was in a good spot all the way around. At the three-eighths pole, the tempo quickened, and when Victor (Espinoza on Star Billing) went and I went with him. But then the two (Zagora), she just ran right by us.”

John Gosden (trainer, The Fugue, 3rd) – She was a bit unlucky. She didn’t have any room and William (Buick) was sitting there with nowhere to go. It was until the last sixteenth that she got out, and she finished well. That’s racing.”

William Buick (jockey, The Fugue, 3rd) – “I think she was very unlucky and it just wasn’t her day.”

Mikel Delzangles (trainer, Ridasiyna, 4th) – “She needs pace and there wasn’t any. But she showed a good turn of foot.”

Christophe Lemaire (jockey, Ridasiyna, 4th) – “My filly likes to relax and to come from behind. She made a good attempt, a very good attempt, but unfortunately in front they didn’t give up and they kept going.”

Mike Smith (jockey, Lady of Shamrock, 5th) – “I had a really rough trip; trouble out of the gate and then more trouble at the three-eighths and the quarter-pole. Despite all that, I thought she ran well.”

Ryan Moore (jockey, Up, 7th) – “She didn’t run badly, but we could have done with a bit more pace.”

Roger Varian (trainer, Nahrain, 10th) – “We put on the blinkers and they fired her up. She raced over-keenly and without cover.”

Frankie Dettori (jockey, Nahrain, 10th) – “She was messing about in the paddock and hit the girl that was leading her up in the nose. I think this was one race too many.”

 

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European stamina prevails again
This renewal of the BC F&M Turf really was a race where had 5 or 6 different fillies and mares in the field capable of winning this race if at their best. A beautiful ride by Javier Castellona on Zagora the whole way in the F&M Turf. I've followed this mare since her days when she was still racing in France and she was a very high class filly during that period, too. She ran terrific races in France against many of the best middle distance turf fillies and mares in Europe during her time there. Her recent 2nd in the G1 Flower Bowl Stakes put her spot on for this race, narrowly beaten by Nahrain that day. Roger Varian owes a big thank you to John Velazquez for suggesting he put a set of quarter cup blinkers on Nahrain for this race after Velazquez rode her to victory in the Flower Bowl at Belmont. I don't know what in the hell Roger Varian was thinking taking a jockey's advice on something like that after just winning a major G1 race? Next time Varian, if it ain't broke then don't fix it!!

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