Multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Za Approval has been retired to owner/breeder Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Stud in Ocala, Fla.
“Za Approval is yet another extraordinary member of a family that has been especially gratifying to Live Oak Stud,” Weber said in a news release.
Most recently trained by Mark Casse after previously being conditioned by Christophe Clement, Za Approval won nine of 34 starts and amassed $1,394,666 over a career that spanned six seasons. The striking gray gelded son of Ghostzapper enjoyed his best form as a 5-year-old in 2013, which included a strong runner-up performance to Horse of the Year and Santa Anita course record-holder Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita. That same season saw Za Approval score wins in the Grade III Appleton Stakes, Grade III Red Bank Stakes and Grade III Knickerbocker Stakes.
Za Approval joins his older half-brother — Revved Up -— in retirement at Live Oak Stud. They are two of three Live Oak homebred millionaires to hail from the With Approval mare Win Approval. The other millionaire is Miesque’s Approval, Win Approval’s most successful offspring who captured the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs for Live Oak en route to career earnings of $2,648,879. Miesque’s Approval now stands stud in South Africa.
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Another half-brother, World Approval, is one of the top North American turf horses in training having captured last month’s Grade I United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park. Miesque’s Approval — a bay — is the only non-gray among the four brothers — all of whom were or are leading turf horses in their respective divisions at one point in each of their careers.
Za Approval and his brothers represent the third generation of Live Oak homebreds from his decorated family. The second dam, Negotiator, was bred by Live Oak in 1974.