Oliver Zip wins "Cappy" Capossela gate-to-wire
By Sean Morris | 03/08/2014 06:57 PM ET
Oliver Zip broke on top and kicked away from the field in the stretch to capture the $100,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela for 3-year-old sprinters on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, the chestnut colt left the gate sharply and led the field through an opening quarter-mile in 23.57 seconds, while the New York-bred Loki's Vengeance applied light pressure in second. After a half in 46.37, Oliver Zip was given his cue by Maragh and drew off to 4 ½-length victory.
"He breaks so sharp from the gate every time," said Maragh, of the City Zip colt. "This horse is so consistent. He cruised the first three-eighths, and then he powered home."
Trained by Kelly Breen for George and Lori Hall, the Triple Crown-nominated colt was entering the race off a respite of just two weeks, a move carefully orchestrated by Breen.
"Part of the reason we ran back in two weeks was knowing how bad the weather was and that horses wouldn't be able to train," said Breen. "We used that [allowance race] as a stepping stone to have our horse fit and ready to go."
The win was his third in five career starts, all at six furlongs, and took his earnings to $155,300. The Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct on April 5 is in play for the colt's next start according to Breen, which would mark Oliver Zip's first attempt in the graded stakes ranks.
"I know visually he did it easy today, but I saw a tired horse," said Breen. "We'll see how he comes out of this race and might point him to the Bay Shore."
Oliver Zip completed the six furlongs in 1:10.21 and returned $13.40 on a $2 win bet.
Loki's Vengeance checked in second after prompting the early pace, 4 ½ lengths clear of favored Long On Value in third. Good Time Henny, Hot Heir Skier, andGermaniac completed the order of finish. Geaux Mets was scratched.