C Z Rocket
Qatar Racing Sprint Division
Jockey (from last start)
BreederFarm III Enterprises LLC
C Z Rocket looks to blast off in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and avenge his second-place finish in last year’s contest.
That race ignited a rivalry with winner Whitmore, who was later named the Eclipse Award Champion Male Sprinter. At the beginning of this year, C Z Rocket edged second-place Whitmore in both the Hot Springs Stakes and Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park. He has finished in the top three in three other graded stakes since then, including a close third, a neck away from the winner, in the Bing Crosby Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, the 2021 host of the Breeders’ Cup.
Last year, C Z Rocket was claimed for $40,000 on April 30, and he immediately went on a five-win streak with new trainer Peter Miller. The closer is known for his strong finishing kick.
A win in the 2020 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) gave him an expenses-paid berth in the Breeders’ Co Dirt Mile (G1), and he earned a free berth in the Sprint by winning the 2020 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (G2). The 7-year-old has amassed more than $1.4 million in purse earnings.
Miller won his first Breeders’ Cup race in 2017 with Stormy Liberal in the Turf Sprint (G1). In the next race, stablemate Roy H took the Sprint, giving Miller a double. The two horses won these two races again at the 2018 Breeders’ Cup. He notched a fifth Breeders’ Cup win in the 2019 Turf Sprint with Belvoir Bay. This summer, Miller earned his ninth training title at Del Mar.
C Z Rocket is owned by Altamira Racing Stable, Madaket Stables (Sol Kumin), Gary Barber and Tom Kagele.
C Z Rocket’s father is multiple graded-stakes winner City Zip, who ran in 2000 Juvenile (G1) and the 2001 Mile (G1).
- October 21, 2021
This is the last of eight weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 38th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at Del Mar.
- November 7, 2020
Trainer Ron Moquett's Whitmore finally broke through in his fourth attempt to win Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at Keeneland.
- November 3, 2020
Trainer George Weaver’s Vekoma, a talented runner who captured multiple Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series events earlier this year, chose to compete in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).