11/04/2016 10:46AM

Zindaya finds good spot to grab first graded win in Goldikova

Barbara D. Livingston
Zindaya, based in New York with Chad Brown, figures to go favored in the Grade 2 Goldikova.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Santa Anita will be less frenzied Sunday as visitors to the Breeders’ Cup drift home.

Trainer Chad Brown, who entered 12 horses in the Breeders’ Cup, will be back in New York before first post at Santa Anita. Is it over already?

“You wait for those two days to run all these horses, and before you know it, it’s over,” Brown said this week on the Santa Anita backside.

It will not be over entirely until the Brown-trained Zindaya starts favored in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes, a one-mile turf race for fillies and mares on Sunday’s closing-day card. Del Mar opens Friday.

Barring a pick-six carryover, Sunday will be relatively quiet. As for the significance of the card, trainer John Sadler, who entered Stellar Wind in the BC Distaff, is already looking ahead.

“Sunday is actually exciting because I have two maiden 2-year-olds,” he said. “A second start for a 2-year-old is fun. So, even though you’re going to be a little spent, I’m looking forward to Sunday.”

Sadler’s Sunday runners include the maidens Yuvetsi in race 2 and Cistron in race 7. Both ran well first out. Sadler also has a contender in the Goldikova, race 6. Nancy From Nairobi shortens up to her preferred distance in the seven-runner field.

The Goldikova entrants also include the multiple graded stakes winner Prize Exhibit, stablemates Tiz a Kiss and Hillhouse High, Queen of The Sand, and Majestic Heat. It’s a good spot for an East Coast shipper.

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Zindaya has won three stakes, none graded. That leaves her 5-for-14 résumé with a missing element.

“We thought this would be a potentially good spot so she can try to get that elusive graded win,” Brown said. “I think a mile on this turf course will suit her.”

Zindaya should get a forwardly placed trip in a race without a conspicuous pacesetter. Similarly, the Richard Baltas trainees Tiz a Kiss and Hillhouse High should be forwardly placed while seeking their first graded win.

From a quality perspective, Baltas is accurate in his assessment of the field. “It didn’t come up that tough,” he said.

Tiz a Kiss finished fifth last out in the Grade 1, 10-furlong Rodeo Drive, won by BC Filly and Mare Turf entrant Avenge.

“It was a creditable race,” Baltas said. “I don’t think she ran her best race.”

Tiz a Kiss benefits from a shorter distance, a class drop, and a jockey switch to Kent Desormeaux, who rode Tiz a Kiss with success during the summer.

“Yeah, he makes a little difference,” Baltas said.

Goldikova, Race 6


Zindaya, by More Than Ready

Last 3 Beyers: 97-95-100

◗ She finished second last out in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel at Belmont Park. She is 5, without a graded win. “Time is running out,” Brown said. Javier Castellano rides.

Tiz a Kiss, by Cee’s Tizzy

Last 3 Beyers: 89-93-91

◗ A California-bred, she has had minimal success on turf at Santa Anita – one second from seven starts.

Hillhouse High, by Exchange Rate

Last 3 Beyers: 90-89-83

◗ She moves up in class after winning a second-level allowance. “She’s doing so good, I just want to run her,” Baltas said. Santiago Gonzalez rides.

Prize Exhibit, by Showcasing

Last 3 Beyers: 88-87-98

◗ The finicky 4-year-old often creates her own trouble. Mike Smith took off Nancy From Nairobi to ride Prize Exhibit.