rebounded from a poor effort in her comeback with a gate-to-wire victory in the $48,000 feature Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Last of nine as the 2-5 favorite in her first race of 2013 Oct. 5 at Santa Anita, the 4-year-old Redattore filly responded to a change of scenery against four other females bred or sired in California.
A 9 ¼ length winner in her debut last Dec. 9 at Betfair Hollywood Park, Key Vista was never menaced Thursday under jockey Martin Garcia.
Owned by breeders Rich and Judy Faeh and Stacey Marlow and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, the dark bay, who won by 2 ½ lengths, covered the six furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:10.50 and paid $3, $2.80 and $2.10 as the 1-2 choice.
Out of the Soft Gold mare North of Rio, Key Vista has earned $56,050.
J and S Express, the second longest shot in the field at 10-1, was the winner’s closest pursuer throughout and saved the place by a half-length over 5-2 second choice Oscillator. The runner-up returned $6.80 and $2.80 while the show price on Oscillator was $2.10.
Tribal Chatter and Another Flashback completed the order of finish.
Rafael Bejarano extended his advantage in the jockey race with a pair of wins Thursday.
Victories by Midnight Casanova in the fourth and Master Chef – both trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer – gives Bejarano 16 through the first nine days of the final Autumn meet, seven more than Garcia.
Baffert leads the trainer standings with seven wins, one more than 2013 Spring/Summer champion John Sadler.
Racing will resume Friday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
The 10th day of the Autumn meet also marks the third of seven Fiesta Fridays. There will be Mexican food and drink specials between 2-4 p.m. and Gold Club members can enter to win a $100 mutuel voucher.