By J.J. Hysell
Zaikov, who romped by 14 lengths in his debut in March at Gulfstream Park, is set to return to the track Friday in an allowance race at Gulfstream.
The gray 3-year-old, trained by Todd Pletcher, turned heads with his impressive first start against nine foes in a six-furlong maiden test. His final time was just as eye-catching: 1:09.78.
Zaikov was sidelined after that race with what Pletcher said was a minor shin issue, as reported by the Daily Racing Form.
Zaikov is by Distorted Humor and out of the champion mare Wait a While, a multiple Grade 1 winner also trained by Pletcher.
Zaikov, owned by Arindel Farm, is part of a 10-horse field in the six-furlong race, a $25,000 allowance optional claiming event. Jockey Javier Castellano is named to ride. Post time for race 6 is 3:05 p.m. ET.