Zayat Stables’ Zee Zee took the lead soon after the break and maintained a clear advantage all the way around to post a 1 3/4-length victory over My Baby Baby in the 24th running of the $168,600 Edgewood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
A Florida-bred daughter of Exchange Rate out of the Dynaformer mare Emblem of Hope, Zee Zee covered the mile and a sixteenth over “yielding” turf in 1:44.73.
The victory was worth $101,396 as Zee Zee hiked her earnings to $283,346 while improving her record to 6-3-1-0.
It was trainer Bill Mott’s sixth victory in the Louisville.
Zee Zee, who has won three of four turf starts in her career, returned mutuels of $8.40, $4.60 and $3.80. My Baby Baby, ridden by Edgar Prado, returned $4.60 and $3.40, while Magger Bags, under Calvin Borel, finished another three lengths back in third and returned $6.20 to show.
Favored Grace and Power, owned by Bobby Flay, finished fourth in her 2008 racing debut, 1 ¼ lengths behind Magger Bags.
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POST-RACE QUOTES: THE EDGEWOOD
Kent Desormeaux (winning jockey, Zee Zee) – “It was an astute call by the trainer (Bill Mott) and the owner. They thought it was a paceless race and told me not to give up what might come easy, meaning the lead. She took it very easily; she was in control and very attentive to my needs during the entire running, especially when I called on her.”
Bill Mott (winning trainer, Zee Zee) – “She’s one of the barn favorites, so her winning is extra-sweet to everyone today. She’s a very nice filly. I don’t know where we’ll go with her next, but it definitely will be on turf.
“We thought we might wind up on the front end and we did. She bounced along there nicely and Kent looked in control the whole way.
When asked if this is a good start to a “Z” weekend, culminating with Z Humor in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby 134...
“Boy, that would be nice, wouldn’t it? It’s a great way to start.”
Edgar Prado (jockey, My Baby Baby, 2nd) – “She’s a nice filly. The winner just had it too easy. She had it all her own way. My filly did a good job, but the winner got away.”
Calvin Borel (jockey, Magger Bags, 3rd ) – “She ran a real good race. We had a good trip and she did her best. No complaints.”