Amsterdam S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 6f ,)

ZAVATA (B h, 119 lb) $90,000
Phone Trick —Pert Lady , by Cox's Ridge
B—Mill Ridge, Jamm Ltd. & Dr. J. Chandler, KY.; O—Michael B. Tabor; T—Patrick L. Biancone

Great Notion (B h, 121 lb) $30,000
Elusive Quality —Evening Primrose , by Dayjur
B—Jayeff B Stables, KY.; O—Hamilton, Tommy and Bonnie; T—Darrin Miller

Trust N Luck (CH h, 123 lb) $16,500
Montbrook —Bold Burst , by Dahar
B—Wiest's-Heather's 2000, FL.; O—E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC; T—Ralph Ziadie

Margins: 5¼, ½, neck. Others: Posse 123($9,000) , First Blush 123($4,500) , Scrimshaw 123 , Super Fuse 121 . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

Zavata’s win in the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Aug. 2 has his connections looking to make amends for the colt’s performance in last year’s Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Sent off at 14-1 in the 2002 Breeders’ Cup, Zavata was pulled up after jockey Gary Stevens decided the colt could not handle the nine-furlong distance. But after Zavata’s 51/4-length score in the Amsterdam, trainer Patrick Biancone is looking forward to Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park.

“The aim is to have him ready for the Breeders’ Cup,” he said. “I know he loves Santa Anita. We should be in good shape with him.”

Zavata made his initial start in the 2002 Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, finishing second to Holiday Runner. He won his next three races, including the Tremont Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park and the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II). He ran third in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. He came back this year after a winter layoff to finish unplaced in an allowance race over a sloppy Belmont track and to win an optional claiming race at Monmoth.

“If I hadn’t run him in the slop (at Belmont), he would have won—and we would have been even money in here,” Biancone said. “Tony Farina gave him a great confidence ride at Monmouth Park. It was perfect timing for today, and Jerry Bailey finished the job.”

Bred in Kentucky by Dr. John and Alice Chandler’s Mill Ridge Farm and Jamm Ltd., Zavata was consigned by Mill Ridge Sales to the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale and purchased by White Horse Stable for $170,000. Robert N. Scanlon, agent, consigned him to the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Florida February 2-year-old sale, where he was purchased by Demi O’Byrne for $575,000. O’Byrne was acting for owner Michael Tabor.

Zavata is the first foal from his dam, Pert Lady. The mare produced a filly by Valiant Nature in 2001; she was bred to Phone Trick in 2001 and Mazel Trick in 2002, but came up barren both years.

Zavata is one of 52 stakes winners sired by Phone Trick, who is also represented this year by additional stakes winners Santa Fe Strip and Night Caller. Syndicated Phone Trick stands at Dr. Jonathan Davis’ Milfer Farm near Unadilla, N.Y. His 2003 fee was $25,000.—B.T.H.