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$125,000 John Deere California Cup Distaff Goes to Unzip Me

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2011) – Win machine Unzip Me ran her record to 6-for-9 down the hillside turf course and gave jockey Rafael Bejarano his fourth California Cup win of the day and fifth overall on the card in Saturday’s $125,000 John Deere Cal Cup Distaff, for Cal-breds or Cal-sireds fillies and mares at Santa Anita.

Unzip Me is a multiple graded winner by City Zip, out of the Arazi mare Escape With Me, was bred by Harris Farms and Donald Valpredo, is owned by Harris Farms, Valpredo, Antonsen et al and is trained by Martin Jones.

“This is a really nice mare, as good as she’s ever been, and we just wanted to win this one today and go on from here,” part-owner John Harris said of Unzip Me, who is entered in next weekend’s Fasig-Tipton Sale.

Unzip Me has 13 wins in 23 starts, earnings of $893,228 and was coming off a fourth in the Sept. 30 Ken Maddy. She ran the about 6 furlongs on the turf in 1:12.53 and won by 1 lengths as the 6-5 favorite, with West Ruler second and Salty Sarah third in a field of 11.

“In her last race, there was a lot of speed too early and she got tired,” said Bejarano. “Today I changed a little bit. We stayed behind the speed and she showed a good kick for me.”

“She really ran her race today,” said Jones. “She’s just an amazing horse. He rode her great today and she was nice and settled.”

Unzip skipped the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint this year after finishing third in the race last year.

“It came right down to the last minute,” said Jones. “We were going back and forth on it. It just kind of came down to we knew what we were getting here and we just didn’t know what kind of weather we’d get back there. Shipping is kind of hard on her so it just seemed like it would be a lot better for her.”

For Unzip Me’s pedigree, click http://www.pedigreequery.com/unzip+me2


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