Saturday Insights: Zandon Makes His Return

8th-AQU, $84K, OC, 4yo/up, 1m, 5:06 p.m.
ZANDON (Upstart), last seen running fourth Dec. 3 in the GI Cigar Mile at Aqueduct, returns to the scene on Saturday in this spot for owner Jeff Drown. Receiving Lasix for the first time, the Chad Brown trainee will be ridden by Flavien Prat and will leave from gate two. Zandon’s 3-year-old campaign included a victory in the GI Toyota Blue Grass S., and a pair of third-place finishes in the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Runhappy Travers S. His dam Memories Prevail (Creative Cause) produced a 2-year-old filly named Remembering (American Freedom) that sold last year for $200,000 at the Keeneland September sale to Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Bridlewood Farm. TJCIS PPS

4th-AQU, $70K, Msw, f, (S), 3yo/up, 6f, 2:56 p.m.
Also on the card in Ozone Park is first-time starter Angelique (Army Mule). The WinStar and Siena Farms-owned filly gets Lasix as she takes on fellow state-breds for Todd Pletcher with Irad Ortiz aboard from post six. A $300,000 SARAUG buy out of Whispering Angel (Hard Spun), she’s a half-sister to GII Louisiana Derby victor Wells Bayou (Lookin At Lucky). The female side of this family includes MGISW Big Brown (Boundary). TJCIS PPS

1st-OP, $90K, Msw, f, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:30 p.m.
Owned by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud, Loupit (Tapit) begins her career routing in Hot Springs on Saturday. A $250,000 OBSMAR purchase from last year and out of Courtisane (Arg) (Silver Finder), the bay filly counts GSW Madame Stripes (Arg) (Equal Stripes (Arg) as a half-sister. Trained by Kenny McPeek and under Lasix, she will have Francisco Arrieta in the irons from post five.  TJCIS PPS


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