After a Challenging Start, $4,613,038 Worth Equestrian Owner’s Beloved Horse Makes a Dazzling Comeback

Published 10/02/2023, 4:21 PM EDT

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Since ancient times, equestrian sports have been a key part of the human civilization. The elite society has engaged in equestrianism for its glamour, thrill and competitiveness alike. Among several names who have been part of this society, one is Jeff Drown. The equestrian has several accolades to his name owing to his illustrious career. Known to cater to various equestrian campaigns, he specially kept his boat afloat for his beloved horse.

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Upstart’s 4-year-old son made his long-awaited mark in worth $400,000 Woodward (G2). Despite several misleading career starts, it was definitely a win to celebrate.

Equestrian trainer’s pride

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When somebody looks at his career earnings closely, they would find a streak of losses for Zandon. The 4-year-old colt was a victim of extremely tough bouts with the world’s most popular, like Taiba and Epicentre. After clinching six seconds, three thirds and only wins this year, the third consecutive victory elated the trainer.

Trainer Chad C. Brown almost jumped in pride, asserting that Zandon is up to no drivel. From now, his losing streak will take a turn. In the $400,000 Woodward Stakes (G2) at Belmont at the Big A, the colt earned his third victory by a wide 41/4-length margin. Brown also unveiled some incidents of the horse’s resilience, saying that he travelled well enough. His history has numerous great races, though losses, but he never lost hope. Chad said, “I’m really proud of this horse and I’m just so happy for him. He’s showed up every week for us.”

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One last career milestone remains for Zandon before he embarks on his stud career. On November 4, at the Breeder’s Cup Classic (G1), Santa Anita anticipates another stellar win for the colt’s resume.

Zandon’s misleading starts

He finished second in the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2), Whitney Stakes (G1), Metropolitan Handicap (G1), and Pennsylvania Derby (G1). The Kentucky Derby (G1) and Travers Stakes (G1) highlight his list of third places. He finished fourth in the Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) in his final start at age 3 and it was the only occasion he failed to place. The well-traveled Zandon has competed in seven different racetracks and has never placed worse than fourth, including a gallant third place performance in the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs last year.

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Chad, quite naturally, praised the horse because his second and third place finishes were behind racing greats. Soon about to embark on his stallion career, the horse prepares to grace SpendThrift Farm stables after the Breeder’s Cup.

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Agnijeeta Majumder

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Agnijeeta Majumder is a US Sports author at Essentially Sports. Being a staunch content writer and a passionate sports enthusiast, Agnijeeta combined her love for writing and penchant for all things sports to delve into the world of the US Sports arena. Agnijeeta takes inspiration from American Track and Field star Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and brings her attention to detail to all the avenues of the Athletics realm.
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