EARLIER IN THE DAY, ZENYATTA’S FIRST FOAL, COZMIC ONE, HAS DISAPPOINTING DEBUT RUN;
ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED XPRESSBET, PAYS $60,030.40
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2015)–Bobby Z Man flew from mid-pack to win Friday’s $60,000 River Special allowance by 1 ½ lengths, as the 4-year-old Unusual Heat gelding covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.27. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and trained by Barry Abrams, Bobby Z Man stepped up from a first condition allowance win over the course on April 10 to register his second consecutive win.
Off at 9-2 in a field of nine older horses, Bobby Z Man paid $11.40, $5.00 and $3.40. Bred in California by Abrams and Huston Racing Stable and owned by Huston Racing Stable, Little Red Feather Racing and Bob Zieman, “Bobby Z” got his fifth win from 14 career starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, improved his earnings to $200,512.
“Not bad at all,” is how Abrams summed up the winner’s effort. “He’s a nice horse. If there’s a race next week, he’ll be in it, as long as he’s okay. It wasn’t the ideal trip for him. He likes to be on the outside but he was stuck on the inside. Once he got to the outside though, he took off.”
Runner-up Indexical, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, pressed the pace, entered the stretch three-wide, opened up a one length advantage inside the sixteenth pole, but couldn’t hold off the late charge of the winner. Off as the 2-1 favorite, he paid $3.20 and $2.60.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Irish-bred Home School sat second down the hill and battled gamely at the rail to hold the show. Off at 4-1, he paid $3.00 to show.
With longshot Rosengold showing the way to the three sixteenths pole, fractions on the race were 21.96, 44.39 and 1:07.44.
Earlier in the day, the legendary Zenyatta’s first foal, Cozmic One, a 3-year-old colt by Bernardini, made a disappointing debut, running sixth and last in the second race, a maiden special weight at one mile. He was the 9-5 second choice.
There was one winning Pick Six ticket on Friday and it was worth $60,030.40. The ticket was purchased for an as yet undisclosed sum through XpressBet.
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