Zarella is a young daughter of Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, whose record as a broodmare sire already includes Triple Crown winner Justify. Zarella is the first foal out of the winning Tapit mare Carella, whose two subsequent foals are both winners, including the 2022 2YO winner Eldest Son (by Into Mischief) for Brad Cox. Carella has a 2021 colt by Ghostzapper and a 2022 filly by Street Boss to come.
Carella is a half-sister to the Champion and Preakness winner Bernardini, who went on to be a leading sire and is an outstanding young broodmare sire, as well as to the G1-placed dam of G1 winner Love and Pride, to the dam of G3 winner Thiskyhasnolimit, and to the dam of stakes winner Sunset Wish. Carella’s dam is Cara Rafaela, who was a G1 winner at 2YO who placed in 5 other G1s.
Zarella placed in half of her 6 starts for Godolphin before retiring to the broodmare band.
Wasabi acquired Zarella in foal to Street Boss for $42,000 at the 2022 Keeneland November Sale. She will deliver that foal (which will be her first) in Maryland, and then will be bred back in Kentucky in 2023.