BreederG. Watts Humphrey Jr. &Sally S. Humphrey
A testament to her late sire City Zip’s versatility and depth, aptly named Zipessa enters the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at the top of her game. The Mike Stidham trainee was a rousing winner last out in the ‘Win and You’re In’ First Lady Stakes going a mile over Keeneland’s turf course, ideally setting her up for the Filly & Mare Turf’s nine-furlong trip at Del Mar.
It will be her second time in the big event, having finished a game fifth last year, despite breaking poorly and not taking her typical forward placing. Flying late and giving owner Patrick Gallagher of Empyrean Stables a thrill, she lost by just over three lengths to Queen’s Trust and Lady Eli.
This year, things were not as rosy before the First Lady. Expected to have a big year after a 2016 season in which she placed in two Grade 1 events — the Beverly D. and Rodeo Drive — and won the Penny Memorial, she lost her first five races in 2017. From wet grass surfaces she did not care for to distances somewhat out of her range, the deck was stacked against her until her breakout effort at Keeneland. She did not disgrace herself, though, in prior defeats, including giving Miss Temple City a fight when losing by a neck in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf and losing by a nose to Guilty Twelve in the 1 3/8-miles Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes. All in all, karma seems to be zipping back Zipessa’s way and she looks like a live player in the wide-open affair.
Joe Bravo, who seems to get the most out of the chestnut 5-year-old mare, reunites with the Kentucky-bred at Del Mar, a track over which she won her second career race in July 2015. She will likely be making her final career start in the process, as she is slated to be sold at auction after the Breeders’ Cup. Zipessa enters the World Championships with a record of 16-5-3-3 and $783,550 in earnings.
|No Replay Available||November 05, 2016||Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|No Replay Available||October 01, 2016||Rodeo Drive S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|No Replay Available||August 13, 2016||Beverly D. S.||ARLINGTON||1|
|No Replay Available||July 04, 2016||Dr. James Penny Memorial S.||PARX RACING||3|
|No Replay Available||June 11, 2016||Old Forester Mint Julep H.||CHURCHILL DOWNS||3|
|No Replay Available||May 07, 2016||Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S.||CHURCHILL DOWNS||2|
|No Replay Available||March 14, 2016||FAIR GROUNDS|
|No Replay Available||August 15, 2015||Del Mar Oaks||DEL MAR||1|
|No Replay Available||July 17, 2015||DEL MAR|
|No Replay Available||May 31, 2015||ARLINGTON|