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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Zaikov Shines in Gulfstream Park Debut

Gulfstream Park
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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.

 

 

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Zaikov got a 99 BSF on 3-15. Yet another promising sort from the loaded Pletcher barn.

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