MILES RULES IS DOMINANT IN BLARNEY STONE PURSE ON ST. PAT’S DAY

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 17, 2011) – Returning from a six-month layoff, Miles Rules made good on her 5-2 favoritism Thursday with a dominant wire-to-wire victory in Santa Anita’s $57,200 Blarney Stone Purse for California-bred 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

With leading rider Joel Rosario in the saddle, the Halo Farms’ homebred daughter of Tribal Rule ran the distance in a rapid 1:08.98 while safely holding off a hard-charging Subpoena the Dress and jockey Omar Berrio by 1 ¾ lengths.

Going for a Spin, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, finished third in the field of eight, 2 ¼ lengths behind the runner-up. The victory gave Rosario a three-win advantage over Bejarano, 70-67, in the meet’s jockeys’ standings.

Breaking from the rail, Miles Rules was sent to the lead at the outset by Rosario. The pair coasted through swift fractions of 21.25, 43.74 and 55.88.

“It was fast,” Rosario said, “but she (Miles Rules) was going easy. I just let her run, and she had plenty left at the end.”

Miles Rules paid $7, $4.60 and $3. Subpoena the Dress, claimed for $12,500 two races back by trainer A. C. Avila, returned $4.40 and $3. Going for a Spin paid $2.80 to show.

It was the second win by Miles Rules in three career starts for trainer Clifford Sise Jr. She had broken her maiden in her debut at Hollywood Park last July with a handy victory at odds of 15-1. She returned to run third after setting the pace in Del Mar’s $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes in September before going to the sidelines.

Thursday’s winning purse of $33,600 elevated the chestnut filly’s career earnings to $70,280.

Racing continues on Friday at Santa Anita with an eight-race program headed by the fourth running of the $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course. First post is at 1 p.m.

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