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Zo Impressive Likely for Coaching Club American Oaks

Zo Impressive holds off Disposablepleasure to win the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Grade 1 Mother Goose winner Zo Impressive returned from Saturday’s three-quarter-length victory over Disposablepleasure in good order, trainer Tom Albertrani reported this morning, and will likely make her next start at Saratoga Race Course in either the Grade 1, $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks on July 21 or the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama on August 18.


“She came out of the race great,” said Albertrani, who trains the gray Hard Spun filly for Live Oak Plantation. “We’re going to look at the Coaching Club; if she’s training well, that will likely be her next start, or the Alabama.”


The Mother Goose was the first graded stakes win for Zo Impressive, who had finished second to Contested in the Grade 1 Acorn on May 28 and second to Grace Hall in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks on March 31. Overall, she is 3-2-0 from five starts.


“With her family, pedigree-wise, that really was a big race for her,” said Albertrani of Zo Impressive, who is out of the Grade 1 winner Zoftig, making her a half-sister to 2008 Grade 1 Acorn winner Zaftig.


“When she broke on top, which is exactly what she did in her two races at Gulfstream, she could easily have been in front,” he added. “We said, ‘If she breaks quick, take her back, and give her a target.’ Our plan was to let them go, give her a target, and stay two lengths off the lead. She was in perfect position.”


The trainer said that Buffum, an eight-length winner of an optional claimer on May 28, is scheduled to breeze five-eighths Monday morning in preparation for his next start, the Grade 2, $350,000 Suburban Handicap on July 7, and that Brilliant Speed, most recently fifth in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap on June 9, was under consideration for the Grade 1, $600,000 Man o’ War on July 14.




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