Following a solid series of workouts over the past two months, Zayat Stables' Aquamarine came away a two-length maiden special weight debut winner Friday at Santa Anita Park.
The Bob Baffert trainee hustled out of the gate in hot pursuit of Aristocratic, who zipped through a quarter in :21.55 and a half-mile in :44.81. The pacesetter began to tire in the stretch, with Aquamarine wearing him down in the final furlong to finish the 5 ½ panels in 1:04.13 on a sloppy racetrack (VIDEO
From the first crop of Gemologist, Aquamarine picked up $32,400 for the win. The chestnut colt was bred in Florida by H&A Stables LLC and was purchased by Zayat for $240,000 out of the 2015 OBS Yearling sale last August.