Arienza, a 3-year-old filly out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, scored an impressive first win in her debut March 6 at Oaklawn Park.
The 9-10 favorite in a field of nine pressed the pace and took a narrow lead on the turn for home for jockey Michael Baze in the six-furlong event. Arienza shook free by 2 1/2 lengths mid-stretch and maintained that advantage over Alyssa's Dream all the way to the wire while under encouragement. The final time was 1:10.42.
Arienza is the product of a U.S. Horse of the Year and a Cartier Award winner in 2000. An $800,000 Keeneland September yearling in 2009, she is a chesnut filly by Giant's Causeway owned by Robert and Lawana Low and trained by Danny Peitz. The Allen E. Paulson Living Trust bred her in Kentucky.
Arienza is the second starter and second winner for Azeri. Her first foal, a colt by A.P. Indy named Take Control, also broke his maiden at first asking in his only start Dec. 30,2009 at Santa Anita.