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Longshot Sheza Smoke Show rallied from mid-pack to win Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 1 1/4 lengths under Joe Talamo, getting a mile on turf in 1:35.34.
Trained by Pete Eurton, Sheza Smoke Show broke from post two in a field of 10 and was into the bridle early at the rail, settled into stride nicely down the backside and had dead aim on pacesetter Disregarded while splitting horses turning for home.
“I had a lot of horse, but I had to stay busy on her,” said Talamo. “Once she was out front, it seemed like she was waiting on other horses. She ran a great race and we had an absolutely perfect trip. I was able to save ground on both turns and when I took her out that last part I had a ton of horse.”
Off at 10-1, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Wilko paid $23.20, $10.40 and $6.00. Owned by Biegler, Exline, Zubok and partners, Sheza Smoke Show got her third win from six starts and banked $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $138,438.
When asked why Sheza Smoke Show had been idle since running fifth in the one mile turf China Doll Stakes, Eurton said, “There was nothing wrong with her. We just thought at the time, we didn’t want to face those (tough) fillies of Tom Proctor and Carla Gaines, and she was tailing off a bit. I thought she needed some weight put on her, but we just kept her at the barn.”
Ridden by Gary Stevens, 3-1 favorite Famous Alice kept to her task through the drive and finished second, a half-length in front of Morning Fix and Elvis Trujillo. She paid $4.60 and $3.40.
Next to last into the Club House turn, Morning Fix, ridden by Elvis Trujillo, finished well and just touched pacesetter Disregarded by a half-length late for the show. Off at 6-1, Morning Fix paid $4.60.