Monday, December 19, 2016

Zulu Wins Impressively in Return

Zulu on Sunday returned to racing after an eight-month layoff and beat Yellow Chips by 2 1/4 lengths in the $60,000 Tamarac Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

The Tamarac was seven furlongs on dirt for three-year-olds that had never won  a stakes  race.

Zulu, ridden by Javier Castellano. won in the fast time of 1:22.12 on the track that was  listed as fast.

It was the first race for Zulu since April 9 when he finished 12th in the Bluegrass Stakes (Grade 1) at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said he had given the colt a break because he seemed "burnt out."

In his return, Zulu swept into the lead coming out of the turn and was never challenged as he won for the third time in five career starts.  He also has a second place finish in this year's 1 1/16 mile Fountain of Youth (Grade 2), which was won by Mohaymen.

After Sunday's race Pletcher said there are "a lot of options" for when Zulu might race again, adding that his best distances might be seven furlongs and a mile.

Zulu is a son of Bernardini, the winner of the 2006 Preakness (Grade 1).

Zulu was bred in Kentucky by Ron Magers and Robert Maecocchio. He was bought for $900,000 at a Fasig-Tipton Sale in March 2015 by Stonestreet Stables and the partnership of Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Maigner and Derrick Smith.

7 -ZULU                              3.00   2.20   2.10
3 -YELLOW CHIPS                      3.60  2.80
6 -FEARLESS DRAGON                       3.60
$2 EXACTA 7-3 PAID $12.20; $2 TRIFECTA 7-3-6 PAID $60.80

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