Zaajel Wins $100K Forward Gal Stakes

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Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Monday, February 1, 2021

The Forward Gal Stakes was won by ZAAJEL, ridden by jockey Luis Saez, trained by Todd Pletcher, and owned by Shadwell Stables. 

ZAAJEL was a little fractious in the starting gate. She broke a bit slow, but moved to fifth while QUEEN ARELLA made the lead and set early fractions of 22.77, 46.03, and 1:11.36.  ZAAJEL improved to third with less than three furlongs to go. Her jockey Luis Saez began to ask for more speed, putting her through a vigorous stretch drive. ZAAJEL responded by kicking clear and winning by a comfortable 1 ΒΌ lengths. LADY TRAVELER rallied from outside to grab second, WHOLEBODEMEISTER snuck up the rail to get up for third. The final time was 1:24.72 over seven furlongs on a fast dirt track.

ZEEJEL paid $3.2 to win, $2.40 to place, $2.10 to show. The Pletcher filly is now undefeated in her two only starts. She earned 10 points in her road to the 2021 Kentucky Oaks.


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