06/10/2012 6:06PM

Hollywood Park: Include Me Out, Zazu tune up for Vanity

Shigeki Kikkawa
Include Me Out will likely be favored to win her fourth straight race in next Saturday's Vanity Handicap.

Include Me Out and Zazu, two leading contenders for Saturday’s $250,000 Vanity Handicap for fillies and mares, had their final workouts on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Include Me Out, who won the Grade 2 Marjorie Everett Handicap on May 19, breezed six furlongs in 1:14.60.

Trained by Ron Ellis for Samantha Siegel, Include Me Out will be favored to win the Vanity over 1 1/8 miles, and extend her winning streak to four races. Earlier this year at Santa Anita, Include Me Out won the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes and the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes.

Ellis said Sunday that the Vanity distance will work in Include Me Out’s favor.

“She should be better going a mile and an eighth,” he said. “She’s got the right distance.”

Zazu worked seven furlongs in 1:25.80 on Sunday.

Trained by John Sadler for Jerry and Ann Moss, Zazu was fourth in the Everett in her first start of 2012. In 2011, Zazu won three stakes, including the Grade 1 Lady’s Secret Stakes against older fillies and mares last October. She missed the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs in November because of a shoulder injury.

In the Everett, Zazu was beaten 3 1/2 lengths by Include Me Out. Sadler said that Zazu will benefit from the Everett, her first start since October.

“I think the distance helps her,” Sadler said. “I like my horse. I’m not trading horses. Maybe I didn’t have her as ready as I thought I did off the layoff. She’s come back and worked three times. I think the mile and an eighth won’t be an issue.”

The Vanity field is also expected to include Caelis, Ellafitz, and Love Theway You are. Ellafitz won the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita in February and was second in the Everett.

Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
Why do all Sadlers horses have these long layoffs, never seen a trainer that refuses to run his top horses. Every top one he has runs 3 or 4 times a yr at best. Its weird.
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
the article states that she hada shoulder injury which is why she didn't run in the Ladies Classic.