Located at Finger Lakes Race Track, Farmington NY (near Rochester)
The beautiful miss Zia is a very friendly and inquisitive filly, as our volunteer got to experience first-hand. As we were taking notes about Zia while standing in front of her stall, she started nuzzling us and our notebook as if to say “are you writing about how beautiful and sweet I am?” Zia has several second and third place finishes in her racing career at the maiden special weight level, but at the end of last year she developed an osselet in her right front ankle. Her owner/trainer gave her the winter off, then x-rayed her ankle, and it showed that the osselet was set, and there were no chips or fractures or other issues in that ankle, and the vet cleared her for a full return to racing. But in her workouts Zia is showing her connections that her heart is no longer in racing, so they have decided that it is best for this very pretty and sweet filly to find her a new career that is not quite as strenuous. Zia is fully eligible for the 2023 RRP. The trainer’s wife has ridden Zia at their farm, and told us that she is very soft in the bridle and lovely to ride and handle… and she and the trainer confirmed that Zia is a very friendly girl with no vices. They also reported that she is accustomed to a mounting block and cross ties, and that she is good for the farrier. For her jog video Zia showed off pretty light movement that makes us think she might be a lovely lower level hunter or dressage prospect. In our experience, we have seen many OTTBs with bigger old set osselets than hers succeeding as jumpers, eventers, show hunters…. in other words, old set osselets do not impede any new career! Zia has balanced conformation with a classic pretty hunter look, and as a young four year old she is still likely to grow a bit more. She is sired by Liaison, who is a son of Indian Charlie, which is the same sire line as the great Uncle Mo. Her dam side brings in Deputy Minister, Broad Brush, and Halo — all excellent sport horse lines.
Price: $2,000 negotiable
Contact: Sal Iorio 585-455-4019 (text preferred)
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