What a dominating performance by Zestful in today’s 8th race at Santa Anita. Zestful was hustled to the lead under jockey Heriberto Figueroa and went wire to wire winning by 7 lengths! Zestful earned $9,900 for his win (MyRacehorse owned 20 percent = $1,980 less jockey and trainer fees). Zestful was also claimed out of the race by trainer Jeff Metz for $8,000 (MyRacehorse receives 20 percent of the claiming price, $1,600). A final reconciliation of the Zestful account will be completed in the upcoming weeks and the net remaining funds in the account will be issued as dividends to your wallet. This was by far Zestful’s best performance to date after many poor efforts against tougher competition and we are thrilled he went out a winner with us. While we had higher hopes originally for Zestful based on his promising races early in his career, it just didn’t materialize for him at the higher levels of racing. Unfortunately when you find the right spot and its in this type of claiming race, your chances of getting claimed increase significantly. We wish Zestful and his new connections the best of luck moving forward. If you have any questions please contact a MyRacehorse representative or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trainer Doug O’Neill has entered Zestful in Friday’s eighth race at Santa Anita. Jockey Heriberto Figueroa rides from post 2. This is a significant class drop as Zestful runs for an $8,000 claiming tag. Unfortunately Zestful has not been competitive in the higher levels of claiming races so he’s been dropped again to see if he fits at this level.
Different surface, same result unfortunately. Zestful pressed the paced under jockey Heriberto Figueroa and came up empty in the stretch when asked to press on. We’ll get together with Doug on figuring out a plan moving forward with Zestful. One potential option is to give him a try on the synthetic at Golden Gate. Looking back at his running lines from last year he was competitive on the synthetic on the east coast including a win. His one paced style may be a nice fit up North.
Zestful will run in today’s 9th race at Santa Anita. The race has been taken off the turf. Zestful will break from post 6 with jockey Heriberto Figueroa up, post time is 4:32 PM.
Zestful came out of his last race really well so we are going to monitor the rain in the upcoming days and see how the field takes shape with the race likely coming off the turf on Friday.
If you’ve looked at Friday’s entries at Santa Anita you’ll see that Zestful has been entered in the 9th race. Doug is fairly certain that he will NOT run in this spot but entered to see how he trains this week and how he’d potentially fit here. We’ll keep you notified as we receive updates later this week.
Zestful just wasn’t competitive against this level today in the finale at Santa Anita. The addition of blinkers helped Zestful get into the race earlier than he previously had been, which was nice. However, when the field turned for home he didn’t possess another gear to go on with it. Guess would be a nice class drop would benefit him going forward.
Zestful yesterday at San Luis Rey.
Zestful breezed four furlongs in 48.6 seconds this morning at San Luis Rey inside of stablemate Mr Paytience in preparation for Friday’s race.
I entered Zestful in Friday’s 9th race at Santa Anita, an allowance optional claimer going one mile on the turf. Zestful has been entered for the $40,000 claiming tag and breaks from post 7 with Tiago Pereira riding.