San Pasqual H. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 8.5f ,)
Afternoon Deelites Julie's Angel , by Theatrical (IRE)
BErnest Moody, KY.; OBarber, Gary and Cecil; TJohn W. Sadler
Tiznow Well Dressed , by Notebook
BWinStar Farm, LLC, KY.; OWinStar Farm LLC; TEoin G. Harty
Giant's Causeway Rusty Back , by Defensive Play
BRichard F Barnes, IRE.; OWilliam Deburgh; TJerry Hollendorfer
After being claimed four times in 2007, and a total of six times throughout his career, longshot Zappa rewarded his latest owners with a startling one-length win over race favorite Well Armed in the Jan. 12 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II).
Last April, Jerry Hollendorfer claimed the Afternoon Deelites gelding for $32,000 on behalf of Gary Barber from John Martin. It was the fourth consecutive time Zappa changed hands in the claiming ranks. Since then, he has won four of nine starts for his new connections and also finished second in the Tanforan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
“He’s been very sharp,” said John Sadler, who trains 6-year-old Zappa for Barber, and Barber’s brother, Cecil. “He really loves the synthetic tracks. He’s much better on them than on turf or dirt.”
Although he began his career in a modest fashion, Zappa comes from a successful family. Bred in Kentucky by Madeleine Paulson and Ernest Moody, Zappa is out of the unraced Theatrical mare Julie’s Angel. Out of the grade I-winning Dictus mare Zalataia, Julie’s Angel is a half-sister to multiple grade I winner Fraise, who won the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT), and she is a full sister to stakes winner Winnetka.
Zappa is the first foal and first stakes winner out of Julie’s Angel. The 11-year-old mare is also the dam of an unnamed 2-year-old Grand Slam filly and a yearling Rock Hard Ten colt. The Grand Slam filly was purchased by Dixieland Stables for $14,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale from Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent. Julie’s Angel’s 2005 foal, an Awesome Again colt named Spankin New, died last year.
Julie’s Angel’s last three foals were bred in Kentucky by Moody’s Mercedes Stables, but the chestnut mare was sold at the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale by Paramount Sales, agent, for $40,000 to Alberto Figueiredo Neto, agent. She was offered in foal to Rock Hard Ten.
Moody and Paulson campaigned Rock Hard Ten, and the Kris S. colt won five graded stakes races for the partnership, including the 2004 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) and 2005 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
Afternoon Deelites is the sire of 20 stakes winners, including four in 2007. The 16-year-old son of Private Terms will stand the 2008 season at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La., for a fee of $5,000.—A.H.D.