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JAX EL RULES IN QUEEN MARY PURSE WITH 3 ¼ LENGTH WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 23, 2011) – Jax El, a daughter of the splendid sire Unusual Heat, ran her opposition off its feet Wednesday with a dominant wire-to-wire victory in Santa Anita’s $57,200 Queen Mary Purse for California-bred fillies and mares at one mile.
Originally scheduled to be run on the turf before wet conditions prompted a change to the main track, the footing didn’t seem to matter to the 4-year-old bay trained by Barry Abrams. “The only thing I was waiting to do was to stretch her out (from six furlongs),” said Abrams.
With Alonso Quinonez in the saddle, Jax El rocketed to the lead, whizzed through brisk fractions with a sizeable lead, and crossed the wire 3 ¼ lengths ahead of 19-1 longshot Streamline Baby, who rallied from last for the place.
The final time was 1:35.86 following fractions that included a half in 45.02 and six furlongs in 1:09.70.
Jax El had run one mile on turf three races previous, and faltered to second, one-half length behind Warrens Got Game before running in two sprints with little success.
The third choice at 3-1 in a field of eight on Friday, she quickly ran away from 9-5 favored Frigid Bridget to dictate terms of the contest. In the long run, Frigid Bridget could not keep up and backed up to fifth after forcing the early pace.
Jax El paid $8.80, $5 and $5. Streamline Baby, ridden by Brice Blanc, returned $15.60 and $9.80. Melbisha, who finished 1 ¼ lengths back in third under Patrick Valenzuela, paid $7.60 to show.
While registering her second win in 10 starts, Jax El earned $33,600 to increase her career earnings to $87,912 for owner-breeder Madeline Auerbach and the Jack Klugman Revocable Trust. Abrams’ brother David is the co-breeder with Auerbach.
Racing continues on Thursday at Santa Anita with an eight-race program. First post is scheduled for 1 p.m.