ZWP Stable Inc. and Non Stop Stable’s Steady N Love has always shown talent, but now has come the maturity, which she demonstrated with a workmanlike performance in taking Laurel’s $100,000 Caesar’s Wish Stakes on March 15 by one and three-quarters lengths.

Sent off as the 3-5 favorite in the seven-horse field, the 3-year-old Not For Love filly recorded her first stakes win in 10 starts, and her ninth top-three finish during a career in which she also has two stakes placings. “She’s finally learning how to run,” noted Foard Wilgis, the “W” in ZWP Stable.

“Like many 2-year-olds, she was in, out, she’s looking, she’s waiting -- doing everything but what she’s supposed to do. Now she’s grown up and learning how to run and becoming a nice horse. The other day in the paddock, she looked like a million bucks.”

Trained by Gary Capuano (the Non Stop Stable member and the only trainer ZWP Stable has ever had), Steady N Love came into the Caesar’s Wish off a 20 3/4-length allowance score on Feb. 17 at Laurel. She now has a career record of three wins, four seconds and two thirds for earnings of $180,210. Steady N Love is the fifth foal, fifth winner and third stakes horse for Malibu Moon’s daughter Slow and Steady.

The only mare currently owned by ZWP Stable (which also includes David Picarello, the “P” in the stable name), Slow and Steady is also dam of 2010 Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old male Steady Warrior and multiple stakes-placed Hanky Doodle, both by ZWP Stable’s Maryland-bred champion and millionaire Cherokee’s Boy.

Purchased as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed sale in 2002 for $14,500, Maryland-bred Slow and Steady raced three years for Wilgis and Picarello and was a solid performer, winning four races and finishing second or third in 10 others while earning $123,510 in 20 starts. Four of her five foals are also six-figure earners, led by Steady Warrior with $253,876.

Slow and Steady, who resides at Summer Wind Farm in Libertytown, has a current 2-year-old filly Pop Ditty’s Girl in training, but was not bred for 2013 due to a late foaling date. She is currently in foal to Looking At Lucky and is due in early April.

For more on the running of the Caesar’s Wish Stakes, click here.

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