Zavata, in his Saratoga Special win.

Zavata, in his Saratoga Special win.

Adam Coglianese

Zavata Attempts to Get Back on Track at Monmouth

Stakes winner Zavata returns to the track on Thursday at Monmouth Park in the day's featured $41,000 optional claiming allowance race for horses that have never won three races other than maiden, claiming, or starter.

Thursday's start will be the second of the year for the Michael Tabor-owned colt who began his 3-year-old season on May 24 at Belmont Park where he finished fifth and last in an allowance event against older horses over a sloppy Belmont Park oval.

"We're going to use this race to get him on the right track again," said trainer PatrickBiancone. "He's a very talented horse and we've rested him getting ready for a good second half of the year campaign."

Biancone said Zavata is being prepped for the July 12 Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course.

Zavata made his career debut in the Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs on Derby Day 2002. He finished second in that race and broke his maiden at Belmont three weeks later.

That was followed up with a win in the Tremont Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont and a victory in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) at Saratoga. His next outing was a third-place finish to undefeated Sky Mesa in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. His juvenile campaign ended when he was pulled up around the far turn in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Arlington.