ZUSHA KEEPS TO TASK AND TAKES $67,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS OVER FAVORED KAYDETRE; VAN DYKE & GARY MANDELLA TEAM FOR MILE WIN IN 1:40.08
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 31, 2019)–Trainer Gary Mandella’s Zusha pressed favored Kaydetre throughout and emerged victorious Friday in Santa Anita’s $67,000 allowance feature, winning by 1 ¼ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke while getting a flat mile in 1:40.08.
Winless in 10 starts since breaking her maiden going seven furlongs here on April 7, 2018, Zusha, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Congrats, was the second choice in a field of five fillies and mares three and up and paid $6.40, $3.00 and $2.20.
“Mr. Steinbruch would like to keep her beyond her racing career, so I think we might try a graded stakes next time,” said Mandella. “Sometimes it takes these fillies a while to come into their own and who knows? If she can get stakes-placed black type, that really helps her as a broodmare.”
A respectable fourth in the Grade II Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on June 16, 2018, Zusha, who is owned by Rafael Steinbruch, picked up her second win from 13 career starts. Out of the Storm Cat mare Icy Tea, Zusha collected $40,200 for the win, increasing her earnings to $119,781.
Owner, breeder and trainer David Randall’s Kaydetre, who was collared by the winner approaching the quarter pole and gave way grudgingly late, was the 8-5 favorite with Brice Blanc and paid $3.00 and $2.20 while finishing 6 ¾ lengths in front of Donut Girl.
Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., Donut Girl, who finished one length clear of Sapphire Kid, was off at 7-2 and paid $2.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.15, 48.31, 1:13.41 and 1:26.48.