Sire Zensational Gets First Win at Hollywood
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 6/2/2013 10:27:13 PM
Last Updated: 6/10/2013 2:14:30 PM
First-time starter Sensational Nikki became the initial winner for the freshman sire Zensational when the 2-year-old filly won a maiden special weight event June 2 at Betfair Hollywood Park (VIDEO) .
Bred in Kentucky by Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds out of the winning Spend a Buck mare Liberada, Sensational Nikki won her debut by three-quarters of a length as the 6-5 favorite in a field of six juvenile fillies. She ran five furlongs on the Cushion Track in 1:00.19.
Sensational Nikki is trained by Peter Miller for Rockingham Farm and was ridden to victory by Edwin Maldonado. The chestnut was purchased for $75,000 at the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in-training earlier this year.
Zensational, a three-time grade I winner for Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert, is a 7-year-old son of Unbridled's Song out of the stakes-winning Phone Trick mare Joke. He stands for $15,000 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington, Ky.
Bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm, Zensational won five of eight starts and earned $669,300.
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