Nick Zito was in a philosophical mood on Sunday, the morning after Richard C. Pell's Grand Arrival
broke his maiden by 6 ½ lengths and was led into the winner's circle by
exercise rider Raymond Bulgado, who suffered a fractured neck in a
training accident just four days earlier.
real life, and it's something where you put everything into
perspective," said Zito. "I was bawling like everybody else [when
Bulgado led Grand Arrival into the winner's circle], and then I kind of
got my composure because I didn't want to lose the moment here.
Obviously, God talks to you and says, 'Make sure we enjoy the moment.'
That's a good moment, a special moment. So that was great."
was the second career start for Grand Arrival, who showed early speed
between horses, began his advance while racing on the outside on the far
turn, led at the top of the stretch, and was driven home by Rosie
Napravnik to a 6 ¼-length victory.
always nice when a 2-year-old does what you think he's supposed to do,"
said Zito. "We just hope he goes forward. He came out of the race
great, thank God."
In his lone previous start, Grand Arrival was third, beaten 10 ½ lengths by Grade 1 Hopeful entrant Big Sugar Soda.
Arrival] had a little trouble," said Zito of the colt's debut. "He kind
of jumped in the air, and [two horses] squeezed him a little bit. It
was good experience, and the next time he ran to what everybody thought
he would run to, which is always good because great expectations bring
Zito said he will consider the Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods Champagne on October 5 at Belmont Park for Grand Arrival's next start.
"It looked like he'd go a distance of ground, which is great," said Zito. "We'll see what happens. We'll see how he develops."