CITY ZIP’s performance in 2010 was of that of a sire standing for twice his $15,000 stud fee: a top 20 active sire in North America, a top 15 sire by North American earnings, the fourth-leading turf sire, the leading sire of turf stakes winners, a top 10 sire by stakes winners and the co-seventh leading sire by graded winners.
CITY ZIP’s 2011 resume is taking a similar form, and things have really been heating up of late. On May 21, his four-year-old son Workin For Hops, winner of the G2 American Derby last year, made the move to Arlington Park’s main track to annex the G3 Hanshin H. by three lengths. Also runner-up in the G1 Maker’s Mark Mile in April, the gelding has been first or second in 10 of 14 and earned over $580,000. On the same day, CITY ZIP’s juvenile son Majestic City made an eye-catching debut at Hollywood Park. The $180,000 OBSMAR two-year-old won by an eased-down 1 1/2 lengths as the even-money choice in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special.
Earlier in the month, CITY ZIP’s three-year-old colt Gig Harbor won the grassy, two-turn Alcatraz S. at Golden Gate, while Tater Tam, Clear Out, Lewissham and Zipping Away all won maiden specials.
Perhaps CITY ZIP’s most exciting runner in 2011 is the sophomore colt Dance City, a Ned Evans homebred who put his heart on display with a gutsy third-place try in the G1 Arkansas Derby in his stakes debut.
CITY ZIP’s progeny have gained a deserved reputation as a hearty, sound bunch, and no horse personifies that more than the five-year-old mare Unzip Me. Third in last year’s G2 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint against males, the multiple graded stakes winner won the 2011 G3 Monrovia S. and Clocker’s Corner H. at Santa Anita. In all, she’s prevailed in 11 of 19 starts, missed the board just twice and earned nearly $725,000.