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ZENSATIONAL FAILS DISTANCE TEST WON BY QUINDICI MAN AT 15-1
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2009) – Zayat Stables’ Zensational, sizzling winner of a maiden sprint race for 3-year-olds, tried to carry his speed one mile Friday in a $51,896 optional claimer at Santa Anita with Kentucky a considered destination, but he came up decidedly short.
Quindici Man, a $12,000 yearling purchase sent off at odds of 15-1, reeled in the 1-5 favorite to score by 1 ½ lengths over Zensational, who had begun to shorten stride after opening up a 10-length lead on the backstretch.
“He’s so fast,” Zensational’s trainer, Bob Baffert, had said before the race, “I’m running him long so he’ll learn how to slow down. He’ll either slow down or get tired.”
Purchased for $700,000 in February of last year, the gray son of Unbridled’s Song cut out fractions of 44.92 for the half mile and 1:09.87 for six furlongs before beginning to weary under Garrett Gomez.
Quindici Man, with Joel Rosario in the saddle for trainer Craig Lewis, closed resolutely to cross the wire in 1:38.93.
The winner paid $33.60 and $4.60 in a field reduced to four when Baffert scratched his other entrant, Ventana, earlier in the day. Zensational, who finished 7 ¾ lengths ahead of third-place Mt. Davidson, paid $2.10 to place.
A gray son of Came Home whose owner is listed as G R D Two, Quindici Man gained his third victory in nine starts. The winning purse of $31,200 boosted his career earnings to $86,500.
The Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo Cup at 1 ½ miles on the main track heads a card of ten races at Santa Anita on Saturday with first post at 12:30 p.m.