Zippit E Strikes Again in Wayne Hanks Memorial at Lone Star

Zippit E (Photo by Bailey Ortiz for Dustin Orona Photography)

Favorite Zippit E, trained by Bret Calhoun, sped her way to her fifth straight victory in Sundays $50,000 Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes for Texas-bred fillies and mares at Lone Star Park. The 4-year-old filly by Valor Farm stallion My Golden Song went straight to the lead on the outside, racing in the three path through the turn. She drew clear of My Master Plan going into the stretch with jockey Eddie Martin Jr. giving a brisk hand ride to finish first by 1 ¾ lengths. Final time for the 6 ½ furlong sprint was 1:19.32 over a fast main track. Fractions were 24.11 and 47.70.

Bred and owned by Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch, Zippit E now has a record of 8-5-1-1 with earnings of $116,621. She is out of the Magic Cat mare Final Trick, who won a division of the Texas Stallion Stakes in 2005.

My Master Plan, who was fractious in the gate, tracked in second on the rail until giving up the place to Valid Bride just before the finish. The finish was carbon copy of the Yellow Rose Stakes at Sam Houston in March.

Mutuels returned $5.40; $3.40 and $2.20. Valid Bride got up for second by ½ lengths returning $6.00 and $3.00. My Master Plan held on by a neck for the show and returned $2.20. Jolie Mon, Eurodevilwoman, Easter Ellie and Fancy Ticket completed the order.