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Zipessa

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.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
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Challenge Series Races Won
2017 First Lady S.

Previous Races

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November 04, 2017Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare TurfDEL MAR1
October 07, 2017First Lady S.KEENELAND1
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September 09, 2017Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf S.KENTUCKY DOWNS3
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August 12, 2017Beverly D. S.ARLINGTON1
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July 08, 2017Robert G. Dick Memorial S.DELAWARE PARK3
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June 03, 2017Eatontown S.MONMOUTH PARK3
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May 06, 2017Sheepshead Bay S.BELMONT PARK2
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November 05, 2016Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare TurfSANTA ANITA PARK1
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October 01, 2016Rodeo Drive S.SANTA ANITA PARK1
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August 13, 2016Beverly D. S.ARLINGTON1
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July 04, 2016Dr. James Penny Memorial S.PARX RACING3
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June 11, 2016Old Forester Mint Julep H.CHURCHILL DOWNS3
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May 07, 2016Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S.CHURCHILL DOWNS2
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March 14, 2016 FAIR GROUNDS
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August 15, 2015Del Mar OaksDEL MAR1
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July 17, 2015 DEL MAR
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May 31, 2015 ARLINGTON