Zo Impressive wins the Mother Goose

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

$14.60.

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

video review.

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