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Tampa Bay Downs trainer Joan Scott sings praises of undefeated filly Dr. Zic

OLDSMAR — Tampa Bay Downs trainer Joan Scott often sings the praises of her undefeated filly, Dr. Zic. Just don't ask the descendant of the late Patsy Cline to sing at a family wedding.

"I can't sing, and (the relation is) way out there," Scott said. "But it's kind of cool."

Scott is related to Cline through a grandfather. Cline, an iconic country singer from Virginia, died in a 1963 airplane crash at age 30.

Dr. Zic is a chestnut Kentucky-bred by Milwaukee Brew and out of the Holy Bull mare Royal Corona. Unbeaten in two starts, she makes her 3-year-old debut in the Grade II $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes on Friday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. The 7-furlong race will be contested on Scott's 42nd birthday. Her only graded-stakes victory has come with Freeforinternet in the 2003 Grade II $350,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Scott, a Penn Laird, Va., native, has worked in the United States, France and England. She assisted Hall of Fame trainers Carl Nafzger and the late Buddy Delp, but credits Hall of Fame conditioner Nick Zito with fueling her career: "Nick gave me a lot of confidence. He would let me do things and turn me loose. He trusted I'd get the job done."

Eight years ago, she started Joan Scott Racing, a public stable in Florida and Kentucky. Dr. Zic is a product of her philosophy: do bloodline homework and acquire investors. Bloodstock agent Marette Farrell purchased Dr. Zic for $40,000 at June's Ocala Breeders' Sale. Scott owns the filly with Derby Lane Farm, Jim Tom and Farrell. Boosted by a win in the $65,000 Sandpiper Stakes on Dec. 27 in Oldsmar, Dr. Zic has career earnings of $61,225.

Dr. Zic led at every call in both starts, neither longer than 61/2 furlongs. After winning her debut in a $50,000 maiden special-weight sprint Oct. 12 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., Scott asked jockey Calvin Borel if her horse could go two turns. "He said, 'Baby, she can run all day.' I hope he's right."

Milwaukee Brew was a two-time winner of the 11/4-mile Grade I Santa Anita (Calif.) Handicap in 2002-03. Dr. Zic's paternal grandsire, Wild Again, won the inaugural 11/4-mile Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic in 1984 at Hollywood Park (Calif.). Dr. Zic's first two-turn race may be the 11/16-mile Grade III $200,000 Florida Oaks on March 14 in Oldsmar.

MORE RACING: The Sunshine Millions is today at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park. … The Matinee Idol 550-yard final for greyhounds is today (Race 6, 1:58 p.m.) at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg.

Tampa Bay Downs trainer Joan Scott sings praises of undefeated filly Dr. Zic 01/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 10:48pm]
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