Updated on 09/15/2011 1:37PM

Here's Zealous comes through


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Richard Dutrow Jr. has trained for Samantha, Mace, and Jan Siegel for four years but never won a stakes for them. That changed on Saturday at Aqueduct when the Dutrow-trained Here's Zealous won the $107,900 Gravesend Handicap* (click here for chart) for the Siegels.

The way in which Here's Zealous won the Grade 3 Gravesend suggests that there are more stakes wins in his future. Here's Zealous, the second choice, took the lead at the three-sixteenths pole and motored home a four-length winner over Peeping Tom in the six-furlong race. It was a neck back to Say Florida Sandy, part of the favored entry, in third.

Here's Zealous had the perfect stalking trip under Edgar Prado. Run Kush Run, coupled in the wagering with Say Florida Sandy, scooted to the early lead with Snow Ridge sitting in second. Run Kush Run showed the way through fractions of 22.37 and 45.62 seconds.

Here's Zealous, who broke from the outside post in the six-horse field, sat in third off the leaders and began his run around the turn.

Peeping Tom trailed the field into the stretch and was moving well late but had too much to do to reel in Here's Zealous.

Say Florida Sandy's trainer, Juan Serey, said the 7-year-old, a winner of two runnings of the Gravesend, might not have cared for the track, which was listed as fast but had some moisture in it following heavy rain on Friday.

The order of finish was completed by Sassy Hound, Snow Ridge, and Run Kush Run.

Here's Zealous, who carried 114 pounds, covered the distance in 1:10.37.

Prado, who won three races on the card, said the track was heavy, but that it didn't bother Here's Zealous.

"It was a nice trip," Prado said. "He started picking them up on the turn and finished strong."

Dutrow, who visited the winner's circle three times on Saturday, said he didn't have any immediate plans for Here's Zealous, but anticipated he would keep the 4-year-old colt in New York this winter to run over the inner track.

"The post position helped him," said Dutrow, who is on track to win his first year-end New York training title in 2001. "He has an explosive turn of foot when he switches leads."

Here's Zealous ($6.50) began his career in California, where he won a maiden race in October 1999. After an extended layoff that began in February 2000, Here's Zealous raced for the first time in New York in the spring. Since then he has won four races from seven starts.

Gravesend Handicap Chart*

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