Zipessa #5, ridden by Florent Geroux won the $ 200,000 Grade III Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx Racing
Empyrean Stables’ Zipessa was the two-length winner of Monday’s Grade 3 Dr. James Penny Memorial after setting moderate fractions throughout. The 4-year-old daughter of City Zip covered 1 1/16 miles over Parx Racing’s firm turf in 1:41 2/5 under Florent Geroux for trainer Michael Stidham.
Keystone Kelly may have jumped out of the gates the quickest, but Zipessa was very keen early under Geroux. The jockey managed to settle his filly once she established a clear two-length lead, setting early fractions of :24 1/5 and :48 3/5, with Tammy the Torpedo and Tuttipaesi tracking from third and fourth while nearly five lengths off the pace. Entering the final turn, Geroux allowed Zipessa a breather to cover three-quarters in 1:41 2/5 while reducing her lead to a single length.
Tammy the Torpedo was the first to mount a challenge from the outside while Tuttipaesi moved up the inside, and Devilwenttogeorgia also mounted a bid from the center of the track. But Geroux had something left with Zipessa, and the filly bounded away from the field easily to win by two lengths on the wire. Tuttipaesi was the best of the rest, with Devilwenttogeorgia third. Tammy the Torpedo finished fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by G. Watts and Sally Humphrey, Zipessa was a $ 76,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling purchase. The Dr. Penny is her first graded stakes victory, and her fourth lifetime win from just seven starts. Zipessa boasts career earnings of $ 227,000.
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