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Zeewat Just Gets Up To Win Lost In The Fog Stakes
Zeewat, the heavy 4-5 favorite, made his backers sweat but eventually got the job done in the $51,605 Lost In The Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday.
Ridden by Russell Baze, late-running Zeewat fought his way through traffic in the stretch and just got up to win the six-furlong sprint for older horses by a head over No Silent and French jockey Flavien Prat.
Administer, ridden by Juan Hernandez, finished third, a half-length behind No Silent and a neck in front of Mah Gellin and jockey Abel Cedillo in the blanket finish of the Presidents’ Day feature.
Zeewat’s tight victory gave Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer a sweep of the holiday weekend stakes races at Golden Gate Fields. Saturday, Baze and Hollendorfer teamed up with Tamarando for a victory in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby.
“I’d prefer not to make it so close,” said Baze. “I didn’t have any place to go (in the stretch) and then I saw (Mah Gellin) start to drift out. I sent him up in there and he started to make a little move and then hung. I’m like, ‘come on, go on through there.’ And then (Administer) came jamming up on the inside of him and that got him started again. For a while there, I didn’t think he was going to fire.”
Zeewat, who captured the 2013 California Derby for Baze and Hollendorfer, was coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 18.
Zeewat never picked it up in the 1 1/16-mile Strub and was beaten nearly seven lengths by winner Shakin It Up.
Zeewat was taking a serious class drop in the Lost In The Fog but the race turned out to be far from a slam dunk.
“I wanted to get the horse a win but it came up a lot tougher than I thought,” said Hollendorfer. “I think the reason the race was so close is that he had the one post. He was pretty well compromised down there. Sometimes you think it’s going to be easy and it turns out not to be. But we got the win anyway, and hopefully he’ll gain some confidence from that.”
Zeewat clocked an impressive time of 1:09.45 on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface and paid $3.60 after recording his seventh victory in 14 career starts. Owned in partnership by Hollendorfer and George Todaro, Zeewat banked $30,300, a payday that boosted his earnings to $361,450.
Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Friday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.