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DUBAWI HEIGHTS SCORES AUTHORITATIVE VICTORY IN $56,000 ABBEY ROAD PURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2011) – Validating the promise she had shown as a 2-year-old in England, Dubawi Heights captured Santa Anita’s $59,248 Abbey Road Purse for fillies and mares by an authoritative 1 ¾ lengths Friday while covering one mile on turf in 1:35.50.
It was the second straight victory for the 4-year-old British-bred filly who had finished third in the Group II Lowther Stakes in August of 2009 for trainer Simon Callaghan.
In a field reduced to four by two late scratches, odds-on choice Dubawi Heights triumphed under a hand ride by Joel Rosario after overtaking pacesetter Summer Games rounding the far turn.
She ran the final eighth of a mile in a sprightly 11.81 to best Warren’s Got Game, who finished three-quarters of a length ahead of third-place Summer Games. With no show betting, the winner paid $3.80 and $2.60. Warren’s Got Game, ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, returned $2.80 to place.
Owned by a partnership that includes the trainer’s father, Dubawi Heights raced six times and earned $380,796 as a 2-year-old in England before coming to the United States late last summer following an 11-month layoff due to a surgical procedure.
“She had very good form in Europe,” said Callaghan, “but needed some time to acclimatize over here.”
Dubawi Heights finally broke her maiden in her third U.S. start at Hollywood Park in November, but hadn’t raced since. “She’s had some niggling problems since then and we weren’t able to get any continuity,” Callaghan said.
Her victory in the Abbey Road boosted her career record to 2-3-1 in 10 starts. The winning purse of $33,600 boosted her lifetime earnings to $445,196.
Callaghan said he would consider running Dubawi Heights next in the Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Handicap over one mile on turf at Hollywood Park on April 30.
Saturday’s 10-race card is headed by the 59th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs. First post is at 12:30 p.m.