Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky announced the death of 2005 Broodmare of the Year Baby Zip due to complications from laminitis. She was 26.
A bay daughter of Relaunch, out of the Tri Jet mare Thirty Zip, Baby Zip was bred in Kentucky by J. Robert Harris, Jr. A stakes winner at 2, Baby Zip was purchased privately by Frank Stronach following her racing career for his Adena Springs breeding operation.
Baby Zip first achieved national prominence as the dam of City Zip, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful and seven other stakes, five graded, while earning $818,225. Following a brief stint in New York, City Zip relocated to Lane's End Kentucky where he has enjoyed a very successful career at stud. However, Baby Zip will be best remembered as the dam of the Stronach Stables homebred Ghostzapper, a son of Awesome Again, who went on to win 9 of his 11 lifetime starts, including the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic in record time. Named 2004 Eclipse Champion Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male, he returned to capture the 2005 Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap in sensational fashion in his final career start. He was inducted in to the Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.
Ghostzapper has also ranked prominently among leading North American sires for the last decade and is the sire of leading 2017 Kentucky Derby hopeful McCraken. City Wolf, by Giant's Causeway, is the last stakes winner produced by Baby Zip. City Wolf stands alongside Ghostzapper at Adena Springs Kentucky.
“Baby Zip's influence on our stud book will remain prominent for generations to follow,” said Adena Springs' General Manager Eoin Ryan. “It's a rarity to produce a pair of stallions that have made such a strong impact on our breed–we'll certainly miss having her around the farm.”
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