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Echo Zulu winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Del Mar (Photo by Horsephotos)


Echo Zulu (foaled April 7, 2019) is a champion American Thoroughbred racehorse by Gun Runner out of Letgomyecho (Candy Ride).

She was unbeaten in four starts as a juvenile and her three Group 1 wins included the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

This season she has won two more races including the Group 2 Fair Grounds Oaks and her only defeat to date in seven career starts has been in the Kentucky Oaks. 

She was named the 2021 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly last year by a landslide.

However, South Africans would have been intrigued to know how she got her name.

The answer is literally easy.

Echo and Zulu represent “E” and Z” in the phonetic alphabet.

As “Z” is pronounced “Zee” by Americans the two letters E and Z together would be pronounced “e-zee” or “easy”.

She is well named as she has won most of her starts easily, including putting a combined 22 lengths between her and the opposition as a two-year-old. 

No one could keep up with her during the middle of her races last year and no one came close to running her down late.

Trainer Steve Asmussen is currently aiming her at the Group 1 Breeders Cup Fillies and Mares Sprint over seven furlongs.