November 3, 2014
CITY ZIP achieved the rarest of feats at the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, siring not one but two winners on racing’s biggest weekend. Dayatthespa soared in the G1 Filly & Mare Sprint, while Work All Week sizzled in G1 Sprint.
CITY ZIP’s daughter Dayatthespa, already considered one of the nation’s premier grass fillies, staked her claim to divisional honors with a stirring wire-to-wire victory in the F/M Turf.
Coming off a win in the G1 First Lady S. at Keeneland, Dayatthespa took control from the outset under Javier Castellano and never looked back, out sprinting a deep field to the wire to win the 1 1/4-mile event in 2:00.12. She earned a 102 Beyer for her exertions.
Also the heroine the 2012 G1 QEII Challenge Cup at Keeneland, Dayatthespa has won 11 of 18 starts and earned nearly $2.3 million. That made her a hot commodity when she stepped into the ring Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, where she was hammered down to Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stable for $2.1 million.
CITY ZIP’s reputation as a versatile stallion was underscored a few races after the F/M Turf when his win-machine son Work All Week, overlooked in the Sprint despite entering with 11 wins in 14 starts, put on a show in front of the Santa Anita faithful. Just off a blistering pace of :21 flat and :43 1/5, Work All Week drove to a clear lead in the lane and safely held last year’s winner Secret Circle by a half-length. His final time of 1:08 1/5 earned him a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.
In his previous start, and his first in graded company, Work All Week took the G3 Phoenix S. at Keeneland.
The win improved Work All Week’s record to 15-12-2-0, $1,357,571. His is CITY ZIP’s fifth individual millionaire.
CITY ZIP is now the #4 General Sire in North America with over $10.2 million in progeny earnings this year. He has 16 stakes winners (co-#4 in nation) and four Grade 1 winners–more than any sire in North America!
Keep an eye out for CITY ZIP’s weanlings and in-foal mares at Keeneland November.