Zo Impressive beat Disposablepleasure by three-quarters of a
length Saturday in the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old
fillies at Belmont Park.
The race was billed a showdown between Kentucky Oaks winner
Believe You Can and Contested, the Acorn winner trained by Hall of
Famer Bob Baffert and owned by his wife, Jill.
Neither fired their best shot.
Contested, the 1-2 favorite, set the pace before fading to last
in the five-horse field.
Believe You Can, the 5-2 second choice, angled outside in the
lane and stalled, settling for third.
Zo Impressive took advantage of the favorite’s failings to
secure her third win in five starts and first stakes victory. Rajiv
Maragh was aboard for trainer Tom Albertrani as Zo Impressive ran
1-1/16 miles in 1 minute, 44.28 seconds, A $2 win bet returned
Ramon Dominguez, the rider of Disposablepleasure, lodged a claim
of foul against the winner alleging interference as the two dueled
in the stretch. The stewards dismissed the objection following a