Zakocity Dominates Discovery 'Cap

(from Aqueduct report)
Frontrunner Zakocity saved ground all the way during his trip around the 1 1/8-mile Aqueduct main track and won the 60th running of the $110,100 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds on opening day Wednesday.

Zakocity, under Javier Castellano, beat seven other colts while completing the circuit in 1:49 3/5 over a fast track.

"He came back against a good group and he beat some tough horses today," Castellano said. "He broke sharp out of the gate. He did a very good job today."

Castellano got Zakocity out of the gate quickly and cut across to the rail to negate the number 7 post position. He was able to drop down onto the rail and set comfortable fractions of :24 2/5, :48 4/5 and 1:13 1/5.

"He broke quick and I guess that took the guesswork out of things," winning trainer Patrick Reynolds said. "He set even fractions for a decent horse to be left alone. He kept on motoring."

Zakocity – a 3-year-old Florida-bred bay colt by Precocity, out of Zakcat (Vilzak) – earned $66,060 for Paul P. Pompa Jr. with his third win in 13 starts this year. He is now 4-4-5 from 22 starts with earning of $338,607.

"We are tickled pink," Reynolds said.

Stolen Time, under Jose Santos, finished second, 3 ½ lengths behind Zakocity. Mahzouz and Pablo Fragoso was third, another three-quarters of a length back.

Two-to-1 favorite My Snookie's Boy finished sixth.

"It wasn't the Snookie Boy I know," jockey Joe Bravo said. "He felt good, but this was a tough race to come back in. If the real Snookie Boy showed up he would have been really impressive against these horses today. I just don't think he ran his race today."

Zakocity paid $15, $6.20 and $4.50. Stolen Time paid $5.30 and $4.80. Mahzouz paid $5.30 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)