Wins Second Stakes of Summer
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - With 16 minutes to post in Saturday’s $75,000 Cherokee Run Stakes, Stanley Gold looked up at the tote board and saw that his stakes winner C. Zee was 20-1. He couldn’t believe it.
C. Zee’s odds would eventually drop down to 5-1, but that number was still higher than the colt’s 3-1 morning-line odds. The colt would prove the numbers wrong when he went on to win the Cherokee Run over Casiguapo and Victory Nor Defeat.
“I couldn’t understand why (the odds were that high),” Gold said. “It kind of bothers you, and then you kind of get worried. He was second in the Hutcheson (G3), second in the Spectacular Bid, got off badly at Calder (in the Unbridled Stakes, last time out) and probably could have won. Maybe because the blinkers were off, maybe because he was in the 11-hole, maybe because of the change in jockeys, but he did what I thought he could do.”
Abdiel Jaen was in the irons while regular rider Edgard Zayas piloted Bolita Boyz in the Cherokee Run. Jaen placed C. Zee mid-pack early along the rail before angling the son of Elusive Buff out at the top of the stretch. C. Zee then rallied strongly to claim the lead and cross the wire a length in front. The colt covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.37.
The Cherokee Run was C. Zee’s second stakes win of the summer at Gulfstream. On May 3, the colt won the 1 mile Sir Bear Stakes while running on the lead. Saturday, the colt showed that he is multidimensional.
“The plan was to break and see where we were at and ride our own race,” Gold said. “I told Abdiel about the horse and what he was like, and I left it up to him to ride the race. [C. Zee] was in a couple places and got bumped twice when I was watching the head-on, but he got the job done. He’s versatile like that, because he’s kind of laid back. He’ll let you do what you want, but he’s got the speed if you want to use it. [Jaen] used him right.”
C. Zee paid $13.80 to win.