Unique Bella Wins Santa Maria In A Romp
By Margaret Ransom
Don Alberto Stable’s champion Unique Bella went straight to the lead and never looked back en route to a nine-length romp in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita on Saturday. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee sped through splits of :23.54, :46.80, 1:10.95 and 1:36.49 under regular jockey Mike Smith, drawing away down the lane with each stride to claim the win in a final time of 1:43.45 for the 1/16-mile distance over a fast main track.
At 1-9, Unique Bella was worth just $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10. Second choice Mopotism checked in for second at 6-1 and paid $2.80 and $2.10 while Majestic Heat was third, 1 ¼ lengths behind the runner-up at the wire, and was good for $2.10. The exacta paid $2.60 and the 50-cent trifecta returned $2.15. Shenandoah Queen and Kathy’s Song completed the order of finish.
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