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Stakes Recap: Pan Zareta



Brad Grady’s Triple Chelsea put the icing on the cake for what has been a great Winter Meet for jockey Adam Beschizza when the 5-year-old daughter of Hat Trick (Jpn) gave the native of England his first stakes win in North America in the $50,000 Pan Zareta Stakes over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ Stall-Wilson Turf Course .

Breaking from post nine, Triple Chelsea sat third off of a quick pace led by Excessivespedning who broke just to the eventual winner’s outside and set opening fractions 22.21 and 46.39 while Nite Delite tracked 1½ lengths behind the pacesetter in second. Coming around the far turn, Excessivespending gave way to One Last Shot who led at the top of the stretch but could not hold off a late charge from Triple Chelsea who won by 1 ¼ lengths over Contributing who finished second. One Last Shot narrowly held off Nobody’s Fault to complete the trifecta. Triple Chelsea stopped the clock for the 5½-furlong turf event in a time of 1:04.19.

Fifth-place finisher Rapid Rhythm was making the final start of her career in the Pan Zareta, but unfortunately was handed her first loss over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course. The 6-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal had won all six of her prior starts over the Fair Grounds lawn and is scheduled to be bred to 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist.

Triple Chelsea is trained by Joe Sharp, who claimed the mare last September at Kentucky Downs from former conditioner Anthony Granitz. The Pan Zareta was Triple Chelsea’s third start under Sharp’s care. Since being claimed by her current trainer, she was second beaten a head to Clairenation (ninth in the Pan Zareta) in a turf allowance event over the Keeneland lawn on Oct. 17 before finishing third in a division of the Fair Grounds’ Richie Scherer Memorial Stakes on Dec. 2 behind Chanteline and One Last Shot.

“She’s just so genuine and competitive,” Sharp said. “When she gets in trouble during the race she engages and that’s what happened today.”

Sharp has been highly instrumental in Beschizza’s success since moving his tack to North America.

“We’ve had lots of opportunities this meet and Joe has been great to us,” Beschizza said. “He and his team worked hard to get her and all the other ones ready for the races. It’s a good way to end the day. I thought that it was a tough spot but you can never take anything for granted. It was a big field and I think that she finds a little extra when she’s in trouble. She’s small but there’s an engine there and she has a nice turn of foot.”

The Pan Zareta was a second stakes victory for Triple Chelsea, who won the Lightning City Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in December 2016, which added $29,760 to her career earnings which now sit at $271,529. The stakes win was also sixth trip to the winner’s circle for Triple Chelsea in 17 career starts.

Triple Chelsea rewarded her backers in payouts of $11.40, $6.60 and $4.40 while Contributing returned $6.00 and $4.00 to place. One Last Shot paid $3.60 to show.

The Pan Zareta was a 19th victory during the Winter Meet for Beschizza, who is currently tied for fourth among the winningest riders on the meet with Joe Bravo. Beschizza has finished in the money at 56%.

Rounding out the order of finish for the Pan Zareta were Nobody’s Fault, Rapid Rhythm, Excessivespending, Luvin Bullies, Nite Delite, Clairenation, Miss Gossip (Ire) and Elandess.