HorseRacingFLA Staff Report
Zulu, one of the early stars among this season’s three-year-olds at Gulfstream Park, will return to racing on Sunday following an eight-month layoff.
He heads a seven-horse field at Gulfstream for the $60,000 Tamarac Stakes at seven furlongs on dirt for three-year-olds that have never won a stakes race.
The Tamarac is the third race, with scheduled post of 1:33 p.m.
Gulfstream has a ten-race card with first post of 12:35 p.m.
The dirt track is listed as fast and the turf course is listed as firm.
Zulu, trained by Todd Pletcher, has won two of four career starts.
He began last season with two victories at Gulfstream. In his next start he was second to Mohaymen in the 1 1/16 mile Fountain of Youth (Grade 2) on Feb. 27 at Gulfstream.
Zulu was the 2-1 favorite in the 1 1/8 mile Bluegrass (Grade 1) at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., on April 9. He finished 12th in the 14-horse field.
“He seemed a little burnt out after the Blue Grass, and needed some time,” Pletcher told the Gulfstream media office. “I think he’s ready. He ran well his first couple of starts and I don’t think he is kind of horse who needs a lot work to be ready. It just seemed like looking through the options this was a logical place to bring him back.”
Zulu is a son of Bernardini and is owned by Stonestreet Stables and the Coolmore triumvirate of Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. Zulu is trained by Todd Pletcher
Javier Castellano will ride Zulu in the Tamarac.
Seventh Sense, who likely will battle Zulu for the lead and late runners Yellow Chips and Icitaro are top threats to get into the exacta.