In the latest horse racing news here at CasinosGeorgia.com, C Z Rocket was Oaklawn’s top older male sprinter during the 2021 meeting that ended in May. But the million-dollar multiple Grade 2 winner now returns to Hot Springs for the 2021-22 season. They are trying to snap a five-race losing streak.
The first chance comes in a high-end allowance sprint this coming Saturday. This will be the first for CZ’s new trainer Rene Amescua. Many are hoping that his connections are using as a prep for the $150,000 King Cotton Stakes on Jan. 29. Co-owned by Southern California-based Tom Kagele, C Z Rocket was 2-for-2 last season at Oaklawn. C Z Rocket has not won since, placing 7th in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint back in Nov. 6 at Del Mar.
C Z Rocket’s Future
“He needs it,” Kagele says. “I don’t think there’s any secret he was falling off in races that he hasn’t had Lasix, but he still ran pretty well. We tried him in the Breeders’ Cup and didn’t run that great there. Coming out of that race, his blood was a little off, so he had a little bit of an excuse there. He bounced out of it really well, so this race was like perfect timing and so we decided to run here instead of waiting for the Jan. 29 race.” Many in the pay per head sportsbook industry are looking forward to seeing him back in his former glory.
Before leaving Southern California in his move, C Z Rocket recorded three workouts at San Luis Rey Downs for Saturday’s race. This will mark his first for Amescua. On behalf of Kagele, trainer Peter Miller claimed C Z Rocket for $40,000. This is out of a fifth-place finish April 30, 2020, at Oaklawn. C Z Rocket then won five consecutive wins. This includes the $150,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at the Del Mar. And of course, the $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship at Santa Anita. This was before finishing second to Whitmore in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint in November 2020 at Keeneland. You can check out these sports betting tutorials if you want more tips on how you can win more in horse racing.