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LADY OF FIFTY TAKES $65,000 PALM SPRINGS HANDICAP AT 12-1, ROSARIO, HOLLENDORFER TEAM FOR UPSET WIN
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2012)—Dismissed at odds of 12-1, Lady of Fifty bested four rivals in Santa Anita’s $65,000, one-mile Palm Springs Handicap Thursday, getting the distance in 1:36.22, while holding off 4-5 favorite Awesomemundo and Martin Garcia by one-half length.
The Palm Springs, for fillies and mares three and up, attracted a field of five and was carded as the second race on an eight-race program. <
Sent from her outside post position, Lady of Fifty sat a close second to 5-1 shot May Day Rose and Rafael Bejarano, who set fractions of 23.38, 47.19, 1:11.25 and 1:23.64. Lady of Fifty collared the pace-setter approaching the sixteenth pole.
“She felt good,” said the affable Rosario, who is currently based in New York and is at Santa Anita for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday and Saturday. “She did everything right and was real game today. Jerry (Hollendorfer, trainer) told me not to get in her way and let her run from the gate, then to figure it out after that.”
Owned in part by Hollendorfer and George Todaro, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by After Market came off a solid third-place finish in the 6 ½ furlong LA Woman Stakes on Oct. 7.
“She’s better routing, if you look at her record,” said Hollendorfer. “She’s going to be a nice filly around here this coming year. It was nice to have Joel on the horse. We love Joel. I told him to get out of the gate and get up close. He knew if they gave him the lead he was supposed to take it, and if they didn’t, which they didn’t, then he was going to lay back and wait.”
Now a perfect two for two at one mile, Lady of Fifty paid $26.40, $6.60 and $3.20. With the winner’s share of $39,750, she boosted her career bankroll to $210,000 from a record of 10-5-0-3.
Favored Awesomemundo was caught three wide on both turns and although she was gaining late, could not overtake the winner and finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of May Day Rose. She paid $2.60 and $2.10.
May Day Rose, who like Awesomemundo, is trained by Bob Baffert, finished 8 ¼ lengths in front of 9-5 second choice In the Stars and Corey Nakatani. May Day Rose paid $2.40 to show.
The two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships begin Friday at Santa Anita and admission gates open at 9 a.m. First post time is 11:15 a.m.