PALM SPRINGS PURSE WIN GIVES AIR FAIR ANOTHER FOR PAASCH

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2009) – Switched to the stable of Christopher Paasch where she proceeded to break her maiden in her third start, Air Fair roared right back on Wednesday to run off with the $49,600 Palm Springs Purse for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

With Joel Rosario in the saddle, Air Fair bolted out of the pack inside the final sixteenth to defeat Play Nine by 1 ¾ lengths while the latter nosed out Waddup G in a photo for the place.

Making her first start on grass, Ron and Lorraine Rodriguez’s homebred daughter of Yes It’s True ran the distance in 1:14.32.

Real Fancy Runner, the even-money favorite, had to settle for fourth in the field of nine after dueling for the early lead through tepid fractions.

Second choice in the wagering, Air Fair paid $12, $6.20 and $5.20. Play Nine, ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., paid $13 and $7.20. Waddup G, handled by Mike Smith, returned $5.80 to show.

Following third and second-place finishes in her first two starts at Hollywood Park last fall, Air Fair was placed in the care of Paasch and rallied strongly to break her maiden at Santa Anita while going seven furlongs on Jan. 25.

The bay Kentucky-bred raced just behind the leading trio on Wednesday before Rosario turned her loose in the optional claiming event that carried an $80,000 claiming price. The winner, however, was not entered with a price tag.

The winning purse of $28,800 increased Air Fair’s earnings to $65,440.

Racing continues on Thursday at Santa Anita with an eight-race program that gets underway at 1 p.m.

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