While the racing world still has at least three years until the much
anticipated racing debuts of Zenyatta's and Rachel Alexandra's first
foals, fans can watch the daughter of the third mare to be named Horse
of the Year after racing at Oaklawn Park make her stakes debut this
Saturday in the $75,000 Prima Donna Stakes.
Coming off an impressive career debut, Robert and Lawana Low's
Arienza, the second foal out of 2002 Horse of the Year and three-time
Apple Blossom (G1) winner Azeri, was installed as the 9-5 second-choice
on the morning line for the six-furlong stakes, the 10th of 11 live
races. The race drew a field of eight with the Giant's Causeway filly
receiving the outside post.
While history has shown it is often difficult for children of
"celebrities" to find their way in the world, Arienza has done
everything right this winter for trainer Danny Peitz. Following her 2
½-length victory, she returned to the track and fired a bullet half-mile
workout in 46 1/5 on March 20. Terry Thompson picks up the mount from
Michael Baze, who is in New Orleans to ride several stakes horses for
trainer Steve Asmussen, including impressive Oaklawn maiden winner Nehro
in the Louisiana Derby (G2).