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FLAT-FOOTED MISS BECCA FLIES HOME TO FLATTEN FOES IN $59,400 JERSEY SHORE PURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2012) – Pulled up after losing a shoe in her previous race, Miss Becca returned to good standing on Friday when storming home on the extreme outside to nip Lindz Winz by a nose in Santa Anita’s $59,400 Jersey Shore Purse for California-bred fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
Ahead of but one horse turning for home in the field of nine, jockey Rafael Bejarano sent the 5-year-old mare into full flight, and she delivered right on the wire as the 19-10 favorite while clocked in 1:12.83. Pacesetter Lindz Winz gamely held off Abella by three-quarters of a length for the place.
“It was pretty close, but I felt pretty sure I had won,” said Bejarano, who one race earlier had staged a similar finish to score by a scant nose aboard Jemima’s Pearl in an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles. Bejarano completed his day by taking the eighth and final race atop Sir Hamilton to register a natural hat trick.
Peter Eurton, who trains the homebred Miss Becca for Dennis Conner and Wade Jacobsen, said the condition of the feet of the daughter of Marino Marini had been a concern.
“She’s got the worst feet in the world,” said Eurton. “She’s real flat-footed. You have to shoe her close to the race, and you have to just hope for the best.”
Except for the incident in her previous start, Miss Becca, in fact, has been quite consistent. The lost shoe debacle notwithstanding, Friday’s victory was her third to accompany three second-place finishes in the six races she has completed.
She rewarded her backers with payoffs of $5.80, $4 and $3. Lindz Winz, handled by Edwin Maldonado, paid $6.20 and $4.20. Abella, with Martin Pedroza aboard, paid $4.60 to show. The winning purse of $34,800 boosted the career earnings of the lightly-raced Miss Becca to $82,390
Headed by Grade I Norfolk Stakes winner Creative Cause and trainer Bob Baffert’s sizzling maiden race winner Bodemeister, ten 3-year-olds are set to compete in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes, the final steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7. The San Felipe at 1 1/16 miles is the feature event of a 10-race program that gets underway at 12:30 p.m.