INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 2, 2010)-A disappointment when encountering some traffic trouble in her turf debut a month earlier, Cozi Rosie rebounded stylishly in her introduction to the Hollywood Park grass, winning the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (video) on Sunday.
Trained by John Sadler for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, the 3-year-old Pleasantly Perfect filly out of the Golden Fleece mare Felidia defeated Andina by one length.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Cozi Rosie ran the mile in the Grade III in 1:35.11.
Seventh of 10 in the Providencia, a Grade II, on April 3 at Santa Anita, Cozi Rosie now has won three of seven. The $60,000 payday increased her bankroll to $127,280.
In front of only English import Hasty early on the backstretch, Cozi Rosie made a bold move while three wide around the far turn, joined the leaders into the stretch, got the lead from favored City To City with a little more than a sixteenth of a mile to run and prevailed.
The 7-2 third choice in a field of seven reduced after the scratch earlier in the day of Elusive Galaxy, Cozi Rosie paid $9.20, $5.20 and $2.40. Andina, the 5-2 second choice, who finished a nose in front of 11-10 favorite City To City, returned $4.40 and $2.40. The show price on City To City, who had won consecutive grass stakes at Santa Anita prior to the Senorita, was $2.10.
“She had a lot of trouble last time down on the rail,’’ said Sadler after his second career win in the Senorita – he also won with Paula Revere in 1991. “She was in the clear today. We knew she was capable of winning this. It’s always good to win a graded stakes, especially with a filly.’’
Sadler indicated Cozi Rosie would be pointed to the $250,000 American Oaks, a Grade 1 at 1 ¼ miles on turf, on Saturday, July 3.
Smith, who has won two of the three graded stakes offered through the first eight days of the meet, believes Cozi Rosie still has plenty of improvement in her.
“We kind of experimented with her last time out, trying to get her to relax,’’ he said. “We were on the rail and for a second it looked like she could get through, but she had to steady.
“I moved her a little sooner today than I wanted, but it worked out OK. This was another good learning experience for her and I think she will move forward in the American Oaks.’’
Andina, who was trying to give trainer Ben Cecil a sweep of the weekend stakes after his Wilshire win on Saturday with Medaglia d’Amour, remains consistent. She has not been worse than third in five starts in the United States.
Jockey Joel Rosario offered no excuses for City To City, who had taken the China Doll and Providencia in a span of six weeks earlier in the year .
“My filly was closer to the pace today, but she was doing it so easy,’’ said Rosario. “(Cozi Rosie) just blew by her. You have to give credit to the winner, she was just too good. Maybe we’ll get her next time.’’
Both Rosario and Rafael Bejarano had a pair of wins on Sunday. Tyler Baze leads the standings with 15 victories.
Racing resumes on Wednesday at Hollywood Park.
Post time for the eight race program is 1 p.m.
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