Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rollers tops Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes

April 22, 2009, Wilmington, DE—Lael Stables Rollers tops the Delaware Park opening day feature, the $75,000 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial, this Saturday. A field of ten has been entered in the six furlong affair for 3-year-olds and upward.

Most recently, the 4-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic ran third in a six furlong $62,000 allowance at Keeneland on April 4. The New York-bred trained by Barclay Tagg ran second in the six furlong $100,000 Grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 17. Last year, he notched three wins, including a victory $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes at Philadelphia Park, and two seconds from six starts. His career record is four wins, four seconds and a third from 11 starts with earnings of $342,214. Anna Napravnik will ride.

The wildcard in the field is William Don Bennett and Carl Bowling’s Acting Zippy. In 24 career outings, the 4-year-old son of City Zip has made only four sprint starts and two of those were on the turf. In his last, he ran third beaten by a neck in the mile and sixteenth $100,000 5th Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 8. His last sprint score was over five and half furlongs on the Fair Grounds turf versus allowance company on January 22. The Florida-bred has four wins, five seconds and four thirds from 22 starts with earnings of $216,628.

Acting Zippy is trained by William Don Bennett who is another new trainer to the Delaware Park stable area this year. Bennett feels Acting Zippy would prefer going long, but he also thinks he could be effective going short on the dirt.

“I think probably likes running long a little better,” said trainer William Don Bennett. “In his last out, he got beat by a neck on the dirt going a mile and a sixteenth for a hundred at Oaklawn. This winter, he only got beat two or three lengths going five and a half on the grass at the Fair Grounds to a horse (Storm Treasure) that finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. He seems to be able to tolerate whatever his trainer throws at him.”

Bennett is confident his horse has a lot of ability; he is just hoping that Acting Zippy can put it altogether.

“This horse, he does something from the eighth pole to the wire to get himself beat almost every time,” said Bennett. “He has run against some of the best horses in the country. If he would ever get everything together, he would be awesome. But just about every race from the eighth pole to wire, he will do something. He will duck in or duck out or whatever. But he is a freaky fast horse.”

Bennett also thinks Acting Zippy may get a favorable pace scenario in the Moscarelli.

“The horse that supplemented (West Coast Flier), he looks like he has an awful lot of speed,” said Bennett. “He is a good old claiming horse, but when those good old horses are right, they are as good and fast as any horse. There are two or three horses that I think go with him on the front end. And Zippy does not care. He can be on the front end or he can set back there and wait. It does not matter to him. But Zippy could pick up the pieces late.”

For all of those who have a weakness and for junk food, you may want to think about putting a $2 sentimental wager on Zippy.

“You know he likes donuts and tacos,” said trainer William Don Bennett. “He will eat anything you bring him. He is worse then a buzzard.”

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