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Zipessa Upsets First Lady Field

Keeneland Press Release

In the First Lady, Zipessa collared the pace-setting Hawksmoor (IRE) at the eighth pole and drew clear to win by 1½ lengths for her first victory in 15 months and first Grade 1 triumph.

With the triumph, Zipessa earned a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar.

The victory was the first in the race for trainer Mike Stidham and jockey Joe Bravo.

Hawksmoor assumed the lead quickly after the start under five-time race winner Julien Leparoux and led the field through fractions of :24.59, :49.19 and 1:14.30 with Zipessa in closest pursuit.

Hawksmoor maintained a daylight advantage into the stretch only to yield in the final eighth of a mile to Zipessa, who covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:36.99.

The victory was worth $240,000 and increased Zipessa’s earnings to $783,550 with a record of 16-5-3-3.

A Keeneland sales graduate, Zipessa is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip out of the Horse Chestnut (SAf) mare Precious Princess.

Zipessa returned $35.20, $12 and $4.80. Hawksmoor returned $6 and $3.80 and finished a neck in front of Roca Rojo (IRE) who paid $2.80 to show under Javier Castellano.

It was three-quarters of a length back to Dona Bruja (ARG) in fourth with Dickinson, One Liz and Delectation (GB) following in order.

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