Hebert Bloodstock, Richard Leggio and Peter Peluso’s Gloryzapper won the first graded stakes of her career in a game effort in Sunday’s G3 L.A. Woman at Santa Anita, denying her rivals by a neck on the wire. The 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper covered 6 1/2 furlongs over the fast main track in 1:15.75 under Stewart Elliott for trainer Phil D’Amato.
Gloryzapper was quick out of the gates but had immediate company from Perfect Pic and Juno. She maintained a head’s advantage over the favored Perfect Pic through early fractions of :22.13 and :45.10, with Luminance and Wild at Heart moving together in fourth. Gloryzapper still held a neck’s lead at the top of the lane over Perfect Pic.
Perfect Pic was game in her effort, trading places on the lead with Gloryzapper down the lane several times. Wild at Heart moved up the rail to make a three-wide challenge, and it wasn’t until the last 70 yards that Gloryzapper was able to jump out to her winning margin of a neck. Wild at Heart nabbed second over Perfect Pic, and Luminance was fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs, Gloryzapper was a $ 15,000 Keeneland September Yearling sale purchase. She broke her maiden at first asking, and was never worse than second until her first try in graded company at Del Mar last out. Gloryzapper proved she belonged this time, bringing her career record to four wins and three seconds from eight starts, with earnings of over $ 220,000.
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