05/01/2008 11:00PM

Zee Zee in command throughout


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a race that, on paper, appeared highly competitive from flagfall to finish, Zee Zee dominated the $168,600 Edgewood Stakes by taking command at once, then gliding home a 1 3/4-length winner over seven other 3-year-old fillies.

After breaking sharply under Kent Desormeaux from post 1, Zee Zee never looked back, using an open lead to control 1 1/16-mile turf race throughout. My Baby Baby rallied belatedly to finish second, another three lengths before Magger Bags, who had chased Zee Zee most of the trip. Grace and Power, the 5-2 favorite, was another 1 1/4 lengths back in fourth.

Zee Zee, a gray filly by Exchange Rate, returned $8.40 as second choice. Owned by the Zayat Stables and trained by Bill Mott, Zee Zee finished in 1:44.73 over a course rated good.

Desormeaux said afterward that Mott told him he thought the Edgewood lacked much pace, and "they told me not to give up what might come easy, meaning the lead. She took it very easily. She was in control and very attentive to my needs during the entire running."

Zee Zee, who won two of her first three starts, including a minor stakes at Louisiana Downs last fall, had finished eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and fifth in the Beaumont Stakes in her two races before the Edgewood.