After 6 months of rest, GZS Stable LLC’s Bolita Boyz battled down the stretch to win the $65,000 Unbridled Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, also giving jockey Eduardo Nunez his third stakes win of the day.
“He’s a really classy horse,” said Zayas. “He came from a good rest.”
After taking the early lead, Bolita Boyz settled off the pace while Can’t Stop the Kid and Gukumatz battled for the lead with Red Pom Pom and Rasta Rant not far behind. Heading into the far turn Rasta Rant made his move to take the lead with Bolita Boyz not far behind on the outside. At the top of the stretch, Rasta Rant and Bolita Boyz began their vivacious duel, ultimately ending with Bolita Boyz winning by a head.
The win in the Unbridled marked the fifth for Zayas on Saturday, with three of the wins coming from four stakes starts.
“Five!” said Zayas ebulliently as he posed for pictures in the winner’s circle.
Trained by Bill White, Bolita Boyz covered the six furlongs in 1:11.23.
“It was a great race,” said Greg Zaino of GZS Stable LLC. “He's been off for six months, and he looked great, and he definitely did a good job. I think we're going to go long next time. That's what we'd like to see.”
Bolita Boyz’ most recent start was in the Juvenile Sprint on November 9 at Gulfstream Park. Bolita Boyz finished second to eventual Kentucky-Derby contender Wildcat Red, but was declared the winner through the disqualification of Wildcat Red who was placed second for interference in the stretch run.
“He came from a long break, but was breezing really well” said Zayas. “I had to lead him in the stretch ride, but he is a really mature horse.”
Bolita Boyz brought $7.40, $5.00, and $3.00 for the win. Rasta Rant paid $16.80 and $5.00 for the second-place finish, and C. Zee returned $2.80 for third.
Rounding out the order of finish were Va Banque, Giancarlo, Red Pom Pom, Elusive Blueboy, Can’t Stop the Kid, and Gukumatz.