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
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