Zagora too strong in Filly and Mare Turf

Fri Nov 2, 2012 8:38pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

ARCADIA, California (Reuters) - French-bred mare Zagora has stormed home to win the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf in what will likely be the last start of her career at Santa Anita Park on Friday.

Due to be sold at auction later this month, Martin Schwartz's five-year-old stormed down the home straight with jockey Javier Castellano aboard to overtake the fancied Marketing Mix and hold off the highly favored The Fugue.

Zagora, at 9-1 odds, claimed her eighth win of her career, and a sixth graded stakes triumph.

Having come to America in the fall of 2010, Zagora was not among the pre-race favorites and was expected to struggle at the mile-and-a-quarter distance.

But she was all business down the stretch coming from third at the final turn to win in 1:59.70.

Zagora prevailed by three-quarters of a length, giving trainer Chad C Brown just his second Breeders Cup win.

"She had everything go her way today," Brown said. "She got the turf she likes, she got a great trip and she's been training great.

"Everything came together for her today and it couldn't happen to a horse that deserved it more."   Continued...

Jockey Javier Castellano celebrates atop Zagora after winning the running of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf thoroughbred horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, November 2, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok