06/14/2012 5:50PM

Hollywood Park: Zazu to miss Vanity


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Zazu, the winner of three graded stakes, will be withdrawn from Saturday's $250,000 Vanity Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park because she is "off behind," trainer John Sadler said on Thursday afternoon.

"She's out," Sadler said. "We did a preliminary diagnosis with X-rays, which were negative. We'll do a nuclear scan on Tuesday."

A nuclear scan is a more elaborate test, which can detect the presence of more minute injuries than a conventional X-ray.

Zazu was considered a leading contender for the Grade 1 Vanity, the top race of the meeting for older fillies and mares on the main track.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zazu, 4, has won 4 of 12 starts and $691,985. A filly by Tapit, she won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes and Grade 1 Lady's Secret Stakes last year, but did not start in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Churchill Downs last fall because of soreness in a shoulder.

Zazu made one start earlier this year, finishing fourth behind Vanity favorite Include Me Out in the Grade 2 Marjorie Everett Handicap here on May 19.