ZETA ZODY RALLIES TO WIN BOB BARRY MEMORIAL STAKES
For Immediate Release
Friday, August 28, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY – Zeta Zody became the first two-time winner of the season at Remington Park, unleashing her rally in the stretch to win the $50,000 Bob Barry Memorial Stakes on Friday night.
Owned by Al and Bill Ulwelling of Elk River, Minn. and trained by Michael Biehler, Zeta Zody was ridden by Alex Birzer. The 4-year-old filly ran her regular race over the turf as she was seventh after a half-mile but only 3-1/2 lengths from the pace-setting More Than Even. Birzer waited until the tightly bunched field began to leave the turn before getting his filly to roll.
“She is pretty push-button,” Birzer said. “You just sit there and idle along and when you ask her, she just goes. When I asked her, she just exploded.”
Zeta Zody defeated seven other Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares by going wide into the stretch, while making up ground on the leaders. Pace-setting More Than Even appeared to have plenty left on the front end after going a quarter-mile in :24.61; a half-mile in :48.45 and three quarters of a mile in 1:13.08. Zeta Zody gained the upper hand and pulled clear to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:30.81 for the 7-1/2 furlongs over firm turf. More Than Even held second and was three-quarters of a length ahead of third-place Harpers Princess who was third.
The second-choice in the wagering at 5-2 odds, Zeta Zody paid $7.80 to win, $4.40 to place and $2.60 to show. More Than Even was the beaten betting favorite at 9-5 odds, paying $3 to place and $2.80 to show. Harpers Princess paid $3.60 to show.
The win for Zeta Zody is her third in a row as she won a July claiming race over the turf at Canterbury Park in Minnesota prior to arriving at Remington Park. Overall she has won six races from 16 career starts with four wins over turf. A daughter of Omega Code from the Devious Course mare The Penguin, Zeta Zody was bred in Oklahoma by Robert Zoellner. She earned $30,000 for the stakes win to boost her overall bankroll to $117,572.
The Bob Barry Memorial is named after Bob Barry, Jr. and his father Bob Barry, Sr. The Oklahoma sportscasters covered the action for over 60 years in the Oklahoma City media market. Bob Barry, Jr. passed away in an automobile accident in June while his father passed away four years ago.
Saturday night, Remington Park becomes ‘Remington Bark’ as dogs are welcomed for the first time ever in a charitable event for many central Oklahoma canine rescue operations. Remington Park’s first post time is at 7pm-Central.
Open daily at 10:30am for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, home of the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, Sept. 27.
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