Herman Van den Broeck’s Angelica Zapata overtook J D Farms’ stubborn pacesetter Prize Informant in the final yards of the Calder Casino & Race Course stretch on Saturday to win the off-the-turf running of the $55,000 Sara’s Success, prevailing by 1 ¼ lengths while covering the one mile distance over a sloppy track in 1:38.83.
“She stumbled a bit coming out of the gate, but I was able to save as much ground as I could through the first turn,” jockey Jose Ferrer said of his trip aboard the winner. “I wanted to stay on the fence going to the three-eighths pole, and I was able stay there and save all the ground.”
Trained by Ron Pellegrini, Angelica Zapata was content to track the early leader Prize Informant from mid-pack as that filly took the field through swift splits of :23.82, :47.34, and 1:12.53. As the field made its way through the second bend, Angelica Zapata improved her position to second, angling to the outside at the top of the stretch and wearing down the leader in the final yards to prevail.
“At the quarter-pole I got a little gap to go through, and I was able to pull myself out,” Ferrer said. “And she responded beautifully; she just took off down the lane.”
Sent from the gate at odds of 6.10-1, Angelica Zapata returned $14.20, $6.60, and $4.20 for the win. Prize Informant paid $8.20 and $6.20 for second. It was 6 ¼ lengths back to Millennia, who returned $6.20 for third.
Completing the order of finish was Wyomia, Callmethesqueeze, Trip for A. J., Logan Square, The West Rim, Performing, and She’s a Ketch.
With her victory in the Sara’ Success, Angelica Zapata improved her record to three wins from 15 starts, while boosting her lifetime bankroll to $157,115. The 4-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor was bred in Kentucky by Buck Pond Farm, Inc. and Herman Van den Broeck.