Angelica Zapata Targets Sabin
February 05, 2014 08:44am
Angelica Zapata was among the most accomplished nominees for Saturday’s $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, but trainer Ron Pellegrini has opted out of running his multiple-stakes winner in the 1 1/8-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares.           

Instead, the 6-year-old mare is being pointed to the $100,000 Sabin Handicap (G3), to be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track on Feb. 16.

“I used to think she was better on the turf, but now I think she’s better on the dirt,” Pellegrini said. “Her numbers are better on the dirt.”

Angelica Zapata has finished in the money in seven of eight starts on turf and has won two stakes, including the $100,000 Wasted Tears at Gulfstream in August. The daughter of Sharp Humor is coming off a third-place finish in the Marshua’s River (G3), a Gulfstream turf stakes in which she was beaten by just a length. In her previous start, she was beaten by just a half-length in the My Charmer (G3) at Calder.

Angelica Zapata also is a five-time stakes winner on dirt, including four in a row at Calder in 2012.

“She’s just an honest horse. She doesn’t care where it is, who it is or what it’s on. She’ll run,” said Pellegrini, whose mare also has a stakes score on a synthetic surface.


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