Hollywood Juvenile Championship S. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 6f ,)
E Z WARRIOR
(DK B/ h,
Exploit Carson Jen , by Carson City
BGulf Coast Farms Bloodstock LP, KY.; OZayat Stables, LLC; TBob Baffert
(DK B/ h,
Aptitude Zenith , by Roy
BIvy Dell Stud, PA.; OJ. Paul Reddam; TDoug F. O'Neill
(DK B/ h,
Anees Silver Spool , by Strike Gold
BDr. Craig Van Balen, KY.; OFrost, F. Daniel and S. Fifer and Hoffman, Lathrop G.; TMolly J. Pearson
Zayat Stables’ E Z Warrior is looking to be a promising purchase. The $1.2 million 2-year-old recorded his second straight victory in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III) July 4 after breaking his maiden at the Southern California track June 18.
E Z Warrior was originally purchased for $100,000 by Murray Smith at the 2005 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale from the consignment of Beth Bayer, agent. Smith consigned E Z Warrior to this year’s Barretts March 2-year-old sale, where his current owner went to seven figures for the purchase.
Zayat Stables, owned by Ahmed Zayat, has become an active Thoroughbred buyer in the last two years and has several young horses in training with Bob Baffert. A native of Egypt residing in New Jersey, Zayat found his first graded stakes winner in E Z Warrior.
At this year’s Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale, Zayat Stables took home three horses for a total of $1.32 million as the sale’s leading buyer. On Zayat’s behalf, Sobhy Sonbol went to $725,000 to purchase Point Ashley, the top-priced filly of the sale. By Point Given, out of the Slew o’ Gold mare Golden Thatch, the filly, who worked one of the fastest times of the sale’s first preview day, finished third in her debut at Hollywood Park July 3.
E Z Warrior was bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock, a commercial venture lead by Jerry Bailey of Florida and Lance Robinson of Utah. The operation keeps their mares at the Taylor Family’s Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., and Pam Littrell’s Viking Stud near Lexington.
E Z Warrior, by Exploit, is the first foal out of the winning stakes-placed Carson City mare Carson Jen.
“We thought she needed some Storm Cat in her,” Robinson explained of the mating of Carson Jen to Exploit, a son of Storm Cat. Robinson added that Carson Jen coming from the Mr. Prospector line was an added incentive to the mating.
Carson Jen has a yearling filly, J Z Warrior, by Harlan’s Holiday and a colt by Malibu Moon at her side. She is in foal to Dixie Union on a May 30 cover.
Exploit is the sire of nine stakes winners. After starting his stallion career at Taylor Made Farm, 10-year-old Exploit now stands at Kra Jeju Stud Farm in South Korea.—E.M.