01/23/2017 2:06PM

City Zip makes it three Eclipse champions

Shigeki Kikkawa
Finest City, winning last Saturday's Santa Monica Stakes, became City Zip's third Eclipse winner.

As a bright chestnut with white points, City Zip is the sort of horse who catches the eye. But when it comes to his accomplishments in the breeding shed, he’s been somewhat overlooked despite a good deal of success.

City Zip, who stands for a relatively modest $50,000 at Lane’s End Farm, was represented by his third Eclipse Award winner with little fanfare on Saturday night, as Finest City was honored as champion female sprinter just hours after winning her 2017 debut in the Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita. She joins 2012 champion turf female Dayatthespa and 2014 champion male sprinter Work All Week on City Zip’s résumé. He is also the sire of 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse.

With champions both sprinting on dirt and routing on turf, City Zip is a versatile sort of sire – an observation borne out by Daily Racing Form’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings. The stallion ranks 11th among active Kentucky sires by individual runners earning Beyer Speed Figures of 90 or higher on all surfaces and at all distances. He is in virtually the same position, sitting 11th, on the similar turf starters list.

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Finest City – whose broodmare sire is another consistent Lane’s End stallion, Lemon Drop Kid – displayed that versatility during her own championship season. In addition to winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, she finished third in the Grade 1 Vanity Mile behind champions Beholder and Stellar Wind, who beat her by just three-quarters of a length for second. She also started twice on turf, finishing fourth, beaten less than two lengths, in the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon and then second by a head to Avenge in the Grade 2 John C. Mabee. Avenge went on to finish third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

In addition to his champions, City Zip’s top runners include multiple Grade 1 winner Palace; the millionaire graded stakes winners Alert Bay and Get Serious; Grade 2 winner Reneesgotzip, third in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and second the following year; Grade 3 winner Unzip Me, third in the 2010 Turf Sprint; and the well-traveled City Style, a Group 3 winner in England, a stakes winner in the U.S., and Group 1-placed in Dubai.