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.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
“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.