Zivo looks to make it three in a row in Kings Point
By Sean Morris | 02/17/2014 05:40 PM ET
Zivo will go in search of his third consecutive victory and second straight stakes win on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack as he heads a field of six New York-breds in the $100,000 Kings Point at 1 1/16 miles.
The late-running son of True Direction proved he was one of the top New York-breds around in his latest outing, a thrilling last-to-first victory over Saratoga Snacks in the Whodam on January 19 at the Big A. One race prior, the 5-year-old horse catapulted past open company to take a first-level allowance race on December 14. Both starts were contested on Aqueduct's inner track with jockey Jose Ortiz in the irons.
"He seems to like the inner track," said trainer Chad Brown, who trains the horse for owner/breeder Thomas Coleman. "He definitely prefers to run at some pace, but he's pretty adaptable."
Zivo, the 6-5 favorite on the morning line, will break from post position 6 with Abel Castellano taking the mount.
Comandante, trained by Todd Pletcher for Three Diamonds Farm, will look to rebound in the Kings Point after finishing sixth, beaten eight lengths by Zivo, in the Whodam. Prior to that start, the gelded son of Frost Giant won three straight races, including an authoritative victory in the 1 1/16-mile Alex M. Robb at the Big A.
"We didn't have much of an excuse [in the Whodam], he just didn't fire," said Pletcher's assistant, Byron Hughes. "He seems to be in good form; he hasn't missed a beat in the morning, except for the days the track's been closed. I expect a good, solid effort from him. I definitely think two turns is where he's best."
Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard Comandante, 5-2 on the morning line, and the pair will break from post position 4.
Inner-track aficionado Awesome Vision, most recently third in the Whodam, will again get a chance to run on his favorite surface. After a pair of third place finishes this meet, the 5-year-old horse by Awesome Again hopes to recapture his inner track form from last year, when he captured three races from four starts, including the Compelling Word on March 21 for trainer Tom Albertrani and owner West Point Thoroughbreds.
Irad Ortiz, Jr. will again ride Awesome Vision, who drew post position five and sits at 3-1 on the morning line.
Rounding out the field are Moneyinyour Pocket, most recently fourth in the Whodam; Beautyinthepulpit, third in his last start, an open company allowance race at a mile; and Sinistra, winner of a New York-bred entry level allowance race in his most recent outing.