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SO BELLE STORMS HOME TO CAPTURE $53,082 TRACK ROBBERY PURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2011) – British-bred So Belle, a 3-year-old daughter of Singspiel, stormed home in the stretch to topple Cayanna by one-half length while gaining her first United States victory Thursday in Santa Anita’s $53,082 Track Robbery Purse for fillies and mares at one mile on turf.
With Hector Berrios in the saddle for trainer Ben Cecil, So Belle covered the distance in 1:35.77 as the third choice at odds of 7-2 in a field of eight.
Cayanna, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took the lead from pacesetter Princess Suances at the head of the lane and opened up a 2 ½ length lead in midstretch. But the 3-1 favorite was unable to withstand the winner’s bold closing rush while finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of third-place Last Sting with Alonso Quinonez aboard.
“Finally,” exclaimed Ellen Zetcher, owner of the winning filly whose previous four starts in the U.S. had netted a second, two thirds and a sixth-place finish.
So Belle paid $9, $4.60 and $2.80. The prices on Cayanna were $4 and $2.60. Last Sting paid $2.40 to show.
With the winning purse of $28,800, So Belle increased her earnings to $73,261 from an overall record of 2-1-2 in seven career starts.
Along with a program of seven live races on Friday, Santa Anita will simulcast the full card from Churchill Downs that features the six stakes races that constitute opening day of the two-day Breeders’ Cup competition. Gates open at 10 a.m. The first race from Churchill Downs is scheduled at 11 a.m. Post time for the first Breeders’ Cup race, the Juvenile Sprint, is 1:10 p.m. Santa Anita’s first live race goes at 12:50 p.m.