Tall Oaks homebred 2-year-old got up in the final strides to win Woodbine’s $100,000 Bull Page S. in thrilling fashion on Sunday afternoon.
The chestnut colt was making his stakes debut after breaking his maiden by 2 ½-lengths on Aug. 27 over the same Woodbine turf course.
Zippy Gizmo was unhurried out of the gate and was last of six down the backstretch as Meko Makee led the field through a quarter-mile in :23.41. The eventual winner continued to trail around the turn and was bottled up behind horses as he entered the homestretch. With seemingly nowhere to go with just a furlong to run, Zippy Gizmo moved inside and came through an opening to get to the wire a neck in front of Brave Dancer.
“I’m definitely really proud of him,” said trainer Kevin Attard. “We had the opportunity to work him out on the training track turf a while back and I thought he worked phenomenal out there. When the opportunity arose to get him out on the grass, he obviously broke his maiden. I thought he looked pretty impressive doing it. He’s not a big horse, but he’s got a lot of heart and he showed a lot of grit today.”
Zippy Gizmo now has two wins in four starts, both coming on the turf, and has earned $75,418.
“This is so special,” said Colleen Dalos, Director of Tall Oaks Farm. “As you know, we’ve been supporting Ontario, we have five stallions here. He’s come from our flagship Victory Gallop line. Amis Gizmo is relatively new, this is his first stakes winner of his first crop and we’re starting to see some amazing Amis Gizmos. We’re excited about it and the first is always really special. Just a shout-out to my dad, who I think is the most ingenious, incredible breeder. We love you, dad.”