FLIGHTY SCHIAPARELLI ADDS BLINKERS & MUFFS, TAKES $60,000 SAN MATEO PURSE AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE

ARCADIA, (March 14, 2013)—By Ghostzapper and out of the downhill turf sensation Cambiocorsa, Schiaparelli added blinkers and earmuffs and ran to her considerable potential Thursday, winning Santa Anita’s $60,000 San Mateo Purse by 3 ½ lengths under Joe Talamo while covering 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.70.

“She ran like a big-time horse today,” said winning trainer Mike Puype. “She’ll stay on the turf and we’ll definitely stretch her out next time. The earmuffs and blinkers made a big difference today—she was much calmer in the post parade. With her turn of foot, she’ll stretch out and she could be deadly in graded stakes.”

Second behind 65-1 shot Dypsy all the way down the hill through fractions of 21.52, 43.92 and 1:05.95, it was apparent that Talamo had a ton of horse approaching the dirt crossing at the top of the lane.

“The blinkers and the earmuffs made a big difference,” said Talamo. “She was a lot more relaxed today. She’s got a great turn of foot and she ran huge.”

Well beaten in the $86,000 Wishing Well Stakes down the hill on Feb. 10, Schiaparelli, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare, was off at 4-1 in the nine-horse San Mateo, her sixth career start.

She paid $10.60, $4.40 and $3.00. Owned and bred by Ran Jan Racing, Inc., Schiaparelli improved her record to 6-3-0-2. With the winner’s share of $36,000, her earnings now stand at $120,864.

Best Present Ever, the second choice at 3-1 with Rafael Bejarano, got a good stalking trip and finished second, a half length in front of 3-2 favorite Esentepe. She paid $4.00 and $2.60.

Esentepe, a highly regarded Irish-bred filly making her U.S. debut under Corey Nakatani, broke from post position eight and sat behind Best Present Ever to the stretch and was third-best, finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of longshot There Is No Limit and Kevin Krigger.

Esentepe paid $2.80 to show.

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