Amsterdam S. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 6f ,)
Carson City Baby Zip , by Relaunch
BAdena Springs, KY.; OThompson, Charles R., Bowling, Carl, Thomas, Becky and Lakin, Lewis; TLinda Rice
Gone West Silken Cat , by Storm Cat
BMarie D. Jones, KY.; OMelnyk, Eugene and Laura; TPhillip England
Smile My Lord
Not For Love Saratoga Smile , by Lord Gaylord
BC & T Stable, MD.; OCostas N. Triantafilos; TDale Capuano
City Zip took a break from the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships series and returned to his favorite racetrack, Saratoga, for the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II). City Zip, who won the first and third races in the MATCH series, the May 12 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes and July 4 Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. III), respectively, endured a bumping at the quarter pole in the Amsterdam to win as the 1-2 favorite under Jorge Chavez.
“It was pretty tight in the turn, and it looked like he got bumped pretty hard at the quarter pole,” said winning trainer Linda Rice. “But he is hard to intimidate. We had an inside post position, and we knew the speed was outside. With Jerry Bailey and Pat Day on the two speed horses (Speightstown and Snow Ridge, respectively), we assumed they would be running against us. I gave Jorge the latitude to play it as it came up. I was quite nervous after the :21 and three first quarter and watching him get bounced around at the top of the stretch.”
Carrying top weight of 123 pounds, City Zip took over from pacesetter Speightstown in the stretch and scored by a length over that rival, with Snow Ridge finishing last. City Zip is expected to run next in the Aug. 25 King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at seven furlongs at the Spa. In his three starts at Saratoga last year, he deadheated for first in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) and took the Saratoga Special (gr. II) and Sanford (gr. II) Stakes all by himself.
City Zip races for Florida horseman Carl Bowling and his close friend, Charles Thompson, in partnership with Lakland Farm. Lakland is owned by Lewis and Brenda Lakin and Florida horsewoman Becky Thomas. Bowling and Thompson sold a half-interest in the colt to Lakland Farm the morning of last year’s Saratoga Special.
Bowling, who owns Straightaway Farm near Oxford, Fla., bought City Zip as a yearling for $9,000 at the 1999 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale from Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs, agent. Stronach bred City Zip in the name of Adena Springs. The year after buying City Zip, Bowling sold an interest in the colt to Thompson after buying the colt back for $80,000 at the 2000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company February sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Carson City, sire of City Zip, has sired 47 stakes winners, including additional 2001 added-money winners Five Star Day (gr. II), Leelanau (gr. III), City Street, Majorbigtimesheet, Mystic Night, Soul Onarazorsedge, Strong Credentials, and Sam Lord’s Castle. Five Star Day won the A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga two days after the Amsterdam. Carson City is owned by William T. Young’s Overbrook Farm and stands at that Lexington nursery. His 2001 fee was $35,000.—D.S.