Zipadoo Graduates at Keeneland

The Wertheimer & Frere train continued to roll this weekend as ZIPADOO broke her maiden impressively at Keeneland on Saturday, October 14. The 3-year-old homebred filly was making just her second start of 2023 and the fourth of her career. She had the services of Flavien Prat in the maiden special weight going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

I was in Lexington for a few days and was very fortunate to be there on Saturday to see her win. Much like Saratoga, Keeneland is a festival; a high-spirited, joyous celebration of racing. While Friday had been sunny and hot, Saturday dawned gray with heavy clouds and showers forecast on and off throughout the day and temps near 60. I doubt it got anywhere near that warm. The wind kept the infield flags blowing straight out, and when the brief periods of rain did pass through, it was absolutely raw outdoors.

As it was Queen Elizabeth II Cup day, the crowd was a big one…..and no one seemed to mind the less-than-ideal weather. Keeneland patrons cheer as the gates open, and they roar as the horses come down the stretch to the wire. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the moment when you realize you’re in the very heart of Thoroughbred racing. For those who’ve never attended, it is very definitely a high-priority Bucket List item. Treat yourself and experience beautiful Keeneland.

Zipadoo is a Kentucky girl herself, foaled there on May 3, 2020. She is by 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic¬† winner and Horse of the Year Ghostzapper out of graded stakes winning Sarach, by Arch. Congratulations again to Wertheimer and Frere on another win!







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