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Zazu - Las Virgenes Stakes - Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. February 5, 2011

Zazu (right) wins the Las Virgenes Stakes earlier this year

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Buster's first US-bred Grade 1 winner for sire

KENTUCKY-AUSTRALIA shuttle sire More Than Ready got his eighth Group/Grade 1 winner on the board on Saturday - but his first bred in America - when his daughter Buster's Ready landed the Mother Goose Stakes for three-year-old fillies over 1m½f on the Belmont Park dirt.

More Than Ready's octet of top-flight winners is completed by Benicio, Carry On Cutie, Dreamaway, More Joyous, Perfectly Ready, Phelan Ready and Sebring, all of whom were bred in Australia or New Zealand.

More Than Ready, a Grade 1-winning son of Southern Halo, stands at Vinery Kentucky at a fee of $40,000. He is set to depart for Vinery's Australian base for the southern-hemisphere breeding season.

Buster's Ready, who had run second to Royal Delta in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes last time out, took up the running over a furlong from home and stretched clear to win by four and a quarter lengths from the Tapit filly Joyful Victory, with R Gypsy Gold, by Bernardini, a neck back in third.

A homebred for the estate of the late Edward P. Evans, Buster's Ready is trained by Todd Pletcher. She was bred in Virginia out of the unraced Honour And Glory mare Beatem Buster, a half-sister to ill-fated 2005 US Horse of the Year Saint Liam.

Buster's Ready's third dam, Misty Dancer, is a half-sister to champion juvenile filly Minstrella.

Joyful Victory's sire Tapit received compensation when his daughter Zazu turned the tables on her Kentucky Oaks conqueror Plum Pretty in Saturday's Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks.

Winner of the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes in February, Zazu was bred by Summerhill Equine and races for Zenyatta's owners Jerry and Ann Moss.

Out of the winning Mr Greeley mare Rhumb Line, Zazu is a half-sister to Art Princess, who ran second to Please Sing in the 2008 Cherry Hinton Stakes for Barry Hills.

She was bought by the Mosses for $285,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, having been bought by Meadowlands Stud for $100,000 as a Fasig-Tipton November foal.

Zazu is one of five Grade 1 winners for Gainesway sire Tapit, all of whom are female.




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