06/09/2016 5:00PM

Zindaya rallies from fourth to take Intercontinental

Barbara D. Livingston
Zindaya, under Javier Castellano, scores as the favorite in the Intercontinental Stakes.

ELMONT, N.Y. - A little different running style, but the same result for Zindaya in the Intercontinental Stakes at Belmont Park.

A pace-prompter of a solid early pace in last year’s Intercontinental, Zindaya rallied from fourth behind a wind-induced slow pace Thursday to win the $150,000 stakes for fillies and mares by 3 1/2 lengths over longshot Rumble Doll. It was a half-length back to Miss Ella in third.

The win was the fifth from 12 starts for Zindaya and first from two starts for owner e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and trainer Chad Brown. Zindaya was purchased at auction last November for $550,000.

Brown believes Zindaya could eventually stretch out to a mile and her performance in the seven-furlong Intercontinental did little to dissuade that thought.

Under Javier Castellano, Zindaya settled into fourth position, outside of Mississippi Delta and drafting behind Unbridled Courage. Meanwhile, Shrinking Violet set fractions of 24.39 seconds for the quarter-mile and 48.86 for the half-mile while running into the wind.

Around the turn and approaching the top of the stretch, Castellano tipped Zindaya into the clear. She took control above the eighth pole and drew off a convincing winner.

Zindaya, a daughter of More Than Ready, covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.44 and returned $4.10 as the even-money favorite.

“The wind today, I see everybody coming from behind,” Castellano said. “I covered her up until the three-eighths pole. I put her outside and said ‘Let’s get the money.’ ”

Said Brown: “We got her good and relaxed and have plans to stretch this filly out down the road. She’s been a work in progress but she’s switching off nicely now. I thought Javier executed our plan perfectly.”

The win had added meaning to Brown, who was an assistant to trainer Bobby Frankel when he had Intercontinental. Intercontinental won the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at 1 1/4 miles at Belmont.

“She was a really special horse,” Brown said. “Of all his great training jobs that filly was in the top three for me. Watching him at work deal with a horse that was so headstrong, so difficult, and in the end he figured it out. Ironically, he ran her a mile and a quarter and she won the Breeders’ Cup on the lead.”