Echo Zulu wins Grade 1 Spinaway in Saratoga.
In only her second start, Echo Zulu added the Grade 1 winner on her resume with a dominant win at the Spinaway Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY to a quadruple win over a field of eight others to the Become the first Class 1 winner of the 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner.
Echo Zulu and Benbang were the quickest to get away, trading front-runner status on the home stretch as they ran the first quarter in: 22.07 and the half mile in: 44.73. In the final corner, Echo passed Zulu Benbang for the last time, with Tarabi finishing second when they entered the track.
On the Saratoga Straight, Echo Zulu hopped off the field with ease, powered by jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. in the final sixteenth as Tarabi and then Saucy Lady T came home in second and third places. The final time for the seven stages of Spinaway was 1: 22.51. You can find the charts for this race here.
Echo Zulu paid $ 3.30, $ 2.90, and $ 2.50. Tarabi paid $ 9.10 and $ 6.30. Naughty Lady T. paid $ 6.30.
“That was a giant leap. We prepared her for the run like a first-time rider in Saratoga. She responded and ran well and that was a long time ago, five and a half against different horses. It is not easy to jump from a run in a race from Virgins to a Grade 1 when everything is going your way. It takes a special horse for that, and maybe it is, ”said coach Steve Asmussen after the race.
“She’s nice. Her first win was impressive and she trained really well. We were happy with her,” Santana told the NYRA press office after the Spinaway. “I was so confident that I only wore two pairs of glasses for seven stadiums She did a really good job and today she has improved a lot. “
From the class 2 champion mare Letgomyecho (Menifee), the 2-year-old filly was bred in Kentucky by Betz, J. Betz, Burns, CHNNHK, Magers and CoCo. It is owned by L and N Racing and Winchell Thoroughbreds, who bought the filly for $ 300,000 from Betz Thoroughbreds at the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Her win at the Spinaway brought her a perfect 2 for 2 with a career win of $ 220,000.
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