BLAME THE WINE SCORES 10TH CAREER VICTORY IN 22ND START

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2010) – Hard-hitting 5-year-old Blame the Wine notched her 10th victory in her 22nd career start Thursday when connecting as the 1-2 favorite in Santa Anita’s $46,400 feature for California-bred fillies and mares at seven furlongs.

While boosting her record over Santa Anita’s main track to 6-3-1 in 12 races, the tenacious daughter of Decarchy defeated Wood Art by three-quarters of a length while clocked in 1:23.81.

With constant companion Omar Berrio in the irons, Blame the Wine tracked the relatively tepid early pace while settled in fourth place. Rounding the turn, she slipped through along the rail to head early leader Initial Impression in midstretch before safely holding off the closing bid of Wood Art.

The winning mutuels were $3, $2.20 and $2.10. Wood Art, a winner of 3 of 4 previous starts at Santa Anita, returned $4.80 and $2.80 with Martin Garcia aboard. Initial Impression, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, paid $2.80 to show after finishing one-half length behind the runner up.

The winner’s share of $27,600 elevated the career earnings of Blame the Wine to $171,996 for Santa Ines Stable, but she will be changing barns for her next start. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer claimed Blame the Wine for $25,000 in the optional claiming event. Hollendorfer will become co-owner along with Team Green.

On Friday, Santa Anita again will offer free General Admission as part of its popular “Free Fridays” promotion. Box seats may be obtained free of charge on a first come, first served basis. There will be a $1 charge for concessions such as hot dogs, sodas, beer, popcorn and coffee. The eight-race program gets underway at 1 p.m.

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