Any doubt that Herman Van Den Broeck’s Angelica Zapata was the top filly or mare distance horse based at Calder Casino & Race Course was erased on Saturday when the 4-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor made easy work of the $75,000 Nancy’s Glitter, winning by nine lengths while covering the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:45.44.
“Unbelievable,” winning jockey Jose Ferrer said following the race. “She keeps getting better and better. That filly is just a monster right now.”
Starting from post two, Angelica Zapata was forwardly placed through the early stages of the Nancy’s Glitter, tracking pacesetter Canadian Mistress from second as that filly ran on an ever-diminishing lead through splits of :24.84, :49.24, and 1:13.03.
“She kind of dragged me to that early position, but we wanted to be close,” Ferrer said of his early-race tactics. “And she was always doing it comfortably. She sat perfect for me down the backside.”
Angelica Zapata pulled on even terms with Canadian Mistress while entering the final turn, and within a matter of jumps the filly had seized control of the race, quickly opening up a four-length advantage on her beaten rival before expanding that margin through the wire.
“When I came to that Marty Wolfson filly (Canadian Mistress), I thought she was going to give me some competition,” Ferrer said. “But my filly ran right by her. And at the quarter-pole, it was over.”
“I told Jose, that other horse is going to the lead, and we’re going to sit right behind her,” winning trainer Ron Pellegrini said. “And then whenever we wanted the lead, I told him to go take it. I was pretty confident we had the better horse.”
Angelica Zapata returned $4.20, $2.40, and $2.20 for the win. Canadian Mistress paid $2.40 and $2.10 for second, while Annie Roe brought back $2.80 when beaten an additional 1 ¼ lengths in third.
Saturday’s win was the third straight stakes triumph at the meet for Angelica Zapata, who also won the $55,000 Sara’s Success on May 19 before returning to take the $55,000 Emergency Nurse, defeating Canadian Mistress by a neck, on June 9. The filly is now a five-time winner in 18 career starts, with a lifetime bankroll of $233,530.