Zaikov ran to his pedigree in his debut at Gulfstream Park Friday,
capturing a six-furlong maiden special weight event by 14 ¼ lengths
without much urging from jockey John Velazquez.
The son of Distorted Humor and Eclipse champion Wait a While was
clocked in 1:09.78 while “easily” winning the seventh race, as described
by the Equibase chartcaller.
“We loved his mother. She was one of our all-time favorites. He’s
trained really well on the dirt, and she was good on all surfaces,” said
trainer Todd Pletcher, who trained Wait a While, the 2006 3-year-old
filly champion who earned more than $2 million. “He acted like a really
talented colt, and we’re glad to get him going.”
Zaikov prepped for his debut on March 10 while working at Palm
Meadows Training Center in company with Shanghai Bobby, the 2012
juvenile champion who is pointing for the Besilu Farms Florida Derby.
“He had some typical baby stuff that delayed him coming in a little
bit. But since he’s come to us, he’s been very straightforward and he’s
trained really well,” Pletcher said.
Zaikov is likely to surface next in an allowance race, said Pletcher, on dirt.
“As long as he continues to run like that, he’s certainly not having
any trouble with it,” said Pletcher, who saddled Wait a While for
multiple victories in Grade 1 turf stakes, as well as a 14-length
triumph in the 2006 Davona Dale on Gulfstream’s main track.