DEVINE ACTRESS SCORES IN SANTA LUCIA AS LONGEST SHOT IN FIELD

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2010) – She may be no Zenyatta, but Devine Actress did her best to emulate the superstar mare Friday when she ran down pace-setter Dance to My Tune in the final sixteenth of Santa Anita’s 30th running of the $58,300 Santa Lucia Handicap to win by one-half length while clocked in 1:42.47 for 1 1/16 miles.

At 8-1 the longest shot in a field of five, the 5-year-old daughter of Theatrical provided jockey Tyler Baze with his third victory of the afternoon while notching her third win in six starts and her second in as many tries over Santa Anita’s main track.

Just as she had done when a 51-1 shot in the Grade I Santa Margarita Handicap almost five weeks ago, Dance to My Tune led well into the stretch after setting comfortable early fractions under jockey Martin Garcia. Zenyatta eventually ran past her in the Santa Margarita to score by 1 ½ lengths, but Dance to My Tune gamely held on for the place.

She again held second as the 17-10 favorite in the Santa Lucia while finishing 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Made for Magic with Omar Berrio in the saddle. Third Dawn, the 9-5 second choice, checked in fourth without threatening.

Devine Actress rewarded her backers at $19.40, $5.80 and $3.60. Dance to My Tune paid $3.60 and $2.80. The show price on Made for Magic was $2.60.

“I had a good trip,” said winning jockey Baze who had Devine Actress tucked in third place much of the journey. “When those two fillies (Dance to My Tune and Made for Magic) hooked up going into the first turn, it really helped.

“I worked her one time last week, and (trainer) David (Hofmans) asked me to ride her,” continued Baze, who had never ridden Devine Actress before. “She worked great, and I thought she’d win today. We couldn’t have had a better trip.”

Trained by Hofmans for Amerman Racing Stables, Devine Actress earned $34,980 for her first stakes victory. The purse brought her career total to $107,300 from a 3-2-0 record in six starts.

The final weekend of Santa Anita’s 75th anniversary season gets underway Saturday with a pair of graded stakes: the Grade II, $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf and the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs over the hillside turf course. The meet closes out on Sunday with the 71st running of the historic Grade II, $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at 1 ¾ miles on turf. First post for each day’s 10-race program is at 12:30 p.m.