02/20/2016 6:23PM

Zenyatta's son Ziconic third in career debut

Benoit & Associates
Ziconic, with Gary Stevens aboard, came from more than 15 lengths behind on the backstretch to lose by just 1 3/4 lengths in his career debut.

ARCADIA, Calif. - A first-time starter recorded a flashy win in a maiden race in Saturday’s third race at Santa Anita, but the winner was not the sentimental choice of many racegoers.

Fast Munny ($25.80) closed from between horses to win the seven-furlong race by 1 1/4 lengths over Dalmore. Ziconic, a colt out of fan favorite Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, rallied with interest from last to finish third, beaten 1 3/4 lengths.

Ziconic, sent off at 5-2, trailed by more than 15 lengths on the backstretch. Ridden by Gary Stevens, Ziconic was within 3 1/2 lengths of stretch leader One More Round with a furlong remaining and was closest to the leaders at the finish.

Trainer John Shirreffs said he had a few nervous moments when Ziconic was racing behind his six rivals.

“I was hoping something would change,” Shirreffs said. “He responded well,”

“He was good on the track and warmed up well. You always have high expectations. You always dream. With Zenyatta, we realized the dream.”

Ziconic is owned by breeders Jerry and Ann Moss, who bred and raced Zenyatta.

Shirreffs said that Ziconic will start in a maiden race around two turns in his next start, which is undetermined.

Fast Munny was timed in 1:23.74. By Munnings, Fast Munny closed from fourth with a quarter-mile remaining. The win did not surprise trainer Craig Dollase.

 “I had confidence in him,” Dollase said. “He trained well and he ran well. I was a little surprised at the odds.

“He was really professional. He looked like he was loaded the whole way. He really dug in.”

Fast Munny was purchased for $95,000 at the 2015 Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in-training last February and races for Bloom Racing Stable and Highlander Racing Stable.

Dollase said he is hopeful Fast Munny can become a stakes horse in coming months.

“I’m thinking big and you have to at this time of year,” Dollase said.


Randy Crossett More than 1 year ago
yea aurther i have a picture of zenyatta and her first filly, that was a sad ending , it is such a great pic i cant take it down
Eddie Lazaro More than 1 year ago
Being behind by 15 lengths on his debut and coming up a very close 3rd is not a bad run, he just needs more real estate. He'll figure it out around two turns and if Gary sticks, which I think he will... only time can tell..... Another G1 in the making?
Arthur Peck More than 1 year ago
Ziconic ran well for his first start. This three year old horse can build on this performance but surely won't be involved in any derby races. I have a feeling that when Zenyatta foals a filly that horse will be the one I will be watching for sure. Maybe like mother like daughter.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I think people have unrealistic expectations for Zenyattas foals . She herself did not race as a 2yo and I think debuted as a 4yo . This colt looks a lot like her and ran like her only not as talented as she was. Her offspring will probably need to debut very late and be given a lot of time to grow into their bodies. I don't think this was a particularly good race but Zirconic acquitted himself reasonably well and can build on this race if handled the right way.
Honnimae More than 1 year ago
good race for the Prince