INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 4, 2011)—Zazu, who upset Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty in the Grade II Hollywood Oaks June 25, will attempt to knock off older rivals in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Saturday at Del Mar.
The eighth of 10 races, the Hirsch is a Grade I at 1 1/16 miles. Post time at Del Mar is 2 p.m. Track gates at Hollywood Park open at 10:30 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Sadler, Zazu was supplemented to the Hirsch for $3,000. It will be the first start outside her age group for the 3-year-old gray daughter of Tapit and the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line.
Second in her career debut last Sept. 4 in her only previous appearance at Del Mar, Zazu will be seeking her fourth win in the Hirsch, a race taken the last three years by Zenyatta. She has earned $472,985 in nine starts.
The 123-pound highweight in the Hirsch is the Bob Baffert-trained Freedom Star. Owned by George Krikorian, the 5-year-old Street Cry mare has been idle since winning the Iowa Distaff June 24 at Prairie Meadows.
From inside out, the field for the Hirsch: Freedom Star, Alonso Quinonez rides, 123 pounds; Washington Bridge, Patrick Valenzuela, 119; Zazu, Garrett Gomez, 119; Switch, Joel Rosario, 119; Ultra Blend, Tyler Baze, 121; St Trinians, Chantal Sutherland, 119 and Ellafitz, Mike Smith, 119.
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