Favored Jewel Princess Wins La Canada Stakes
Feb. 12, 1996
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Jewel Princess took the lead midway through the stretch and pulled away to win Sunday's $209,900 La Canada Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths over longshot Dixie Pearl.
The victory gave trainer Wally Dollase his sixth stakes win on the 36th day of Santa Anita's winter-spring meeting.
Ridden by Alex Solis and carrying 119 pounds, Jewel Princess paid $3.80, $3 and $2.10. The winning time of 1:49 2-5 was well off the stakes record of 1:47 3-5 set by Glorious Song in 1980 and equaled by Safe Play two years later.
Jewel Princess, in last place through most of the 1 1/8-mile race for 4-year-old fillies, won for the eighth time in 15 starts. The win was worth $129,900, raising the career earnings of the Florida-bred daughter of Key To The Mint to $464,560.
``She proved it today that she was a class filly because she had a rough trip,'' Dollase said. ``It just shows class when they can overcome those things and win the way she did. It was the best race she's ever run.''
The La Canada Stakes was the third and final leg of the three-race La Canada Series for 4-year-old fillies. Exotic Wood, who didn't run in Sunday's race, won the seven-furlong La Brea Stakes on Dec. 30, and Jewel Princess prevailed in the 1 1-16 mile El Encino Stakes on Jan. 20.
Dixie Pearl, ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye and carrying 116 pounds, crossed the finish line 1 1/4 lengths in front of Privity and returned $8.40 and $2.40.
Privity, ridden by Gary Stevens and carrying 117 pounds, was three-quarters of a length ahead of Urbane at the wire and paid $2.10 to show.
Following Urbane across the finish line in the 22nd running of the race were Sleep Easy and Sharp Point. Privity and Sleep Easy ran coupled in the wagering as a Juddmonte Farm entry.
Sharp Point led most of the way before fading to finish last.
Solis said his mount got squeezed at the start and bumped at the half-mile pole.
``Luckily, when we got to the quarter-pole, a hole opened up, and we got through,'' Solis said. ``Then it was all over.''