Stallion Feature: Horses Zipping Everywhere Thanks to City Zip
Stallion Feature: Horses Zipping Everywhere Thanks to City Zip: As I write a weekly feature over the General Sires List, I try to go in order, but with horses racing every day all over the world, a stallion can jump several spots quickly, if he has a winner who can jump his earning to higher and higher amounts. That is exactly what happened when City Zip jumped several spots on this list to become number five! Thanks to his top runner, Palace, City Zip is now this week’s premier stallion!
City Zip stands at Lane’s End Farm for $25,000, so long that the foal stands and nurses after birth. City Zip has had time to become an established stallion, as he entered stud in 2002, after a successful career as a racehorse. He has produced twelve crops, ten of which are of racing age. City Zip has the pedigree to continue being successful; throwing horses that can run faster than most. Being by Carson City out of Baby Zip, by Relaunch, City Zip had every chance to be successful.
As a racehorse, City Zip was also, faster than most. When he hit the track at age two, he certainly hit the dirt running. He ran eleven times as a freshman, hitting the board nine of those eleven times. City Zip became a graded stakes winner quickly, earning a grade one in the Hopeful Stakes. City Zip built his resume up with wins in the Sanford (G2), Saratoga Special (G2), and the Tremont (G3). He also finished second in the Futurity Stakes (G1) and third in the Kentucky Breeders’ Cup Stakes (G3). City Zip was certainly one of the top two-year-olds of 2000. At three, City Zip briefly attempted a Kentucky Derby campaign, but with only a showing in the Fountain of Youth (G1), he began to stamp himself as a true sprinter, attaining victory in four of his twelve starts as a sophomore. All of the four victories were in graded stakes. He also placed twice and took the show placing on three occasions. City Zip’s resume contained the G2 Amsterdam Stakes and the G3 Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup Stakes. He also finished second in the G2 Hutchenson and G3 Kentucky Cup Sprint Stakes.
At the time of retirement for City Zip, he had earned $818,225 and compiled a record of 23-9(8)-5(4)-4(4). He ran and won over distances five to seven furlongs. He had proven his pedigree and worth, but now, his value as a stallion was up for concern.
In the ten crops we can find that have come and gone over the track, City Zip has thrown several graded stakes winners, such as Palace, Reneesgotzip, Dayatthespa, and Run Away and Hide. He has shown an affinity for the Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector bloodlines, and has much success with the Seattle Slew line as well. City Zip has sired over 40 stakes winners, and among those, he has one champion to his credit. One thing City Zip has done in his stud career, is, in 2012, he was the #2 turf sire by number of stakes winners, although City Zip never won on turf.
This year alone, City Zip has earned over $6 million, thanks to his offspring. He also, has beaten out his half brother, Ghostzapper, on the General Sires list this year. For $25,000, City Zip is well worth the price if the breeder is looking to get a fast, sturdy horse.