Da’ Tara, the longest shot on the board, won by 5 lengths over Denis of Cork and covered the distance in 2:29
.65. There was a dead heat for third between Anak Nakal and Ready’s Echo. Macho Again was fifth, followed by Tale of Ekati, Guadalcanal, Icabad Crane and Big Brown.
Da’ Tara paid $79, $28 and $14.80. Denis of Cork returned $5.80 and $4.10. Anak Nakal paid $7.60 and Ready’s Echo returned $6.20.
Zito spoiled a Triple Crown bid four years ago when he saddled Birdstone to an upset of Smarty Jones. He also trained Anak Nakal.
“If Big Brown was himself, he would’ve been tough to beat,” Zito said, “but he wasn’t himself. That’s why they play the game.”