Bel Air Sizzle Back in Senorita Stakes
The last time Bel Air Sizzle was entered in a race, it was through an error that had trainer Barry Abrams somewhat concerned. Less than 72 hours after the 3-year-old filly scored a solid 2 3/4-length allowance win at Hollywood Park, she was placed in the April 27 Melair Stakes, where Abrams intended to enter another starter, Lethal Heat, instead.
Bel Air Sizzle stepped up in company and ran two races in the span of three days, finishing second in the 1 1/16-mile Melair by three-quarters of a length, but being announced the winner due to bumping in the stretch from first-place finisher Gambler’s Due. And that solid effort has her looking like a viable contender when she takes the top weight of 123 in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park May 10.
Owned by breeders Madeline Auerbach, Vincenzo Loverso, and David Abrams, the California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat continues to improve while racing frequently this year. She beat maidens in her fifth career start March 16, won a state-bred allowance race March 27, and was third in the Providencia Stakes (gr. II), her first blacktype event, April 5.
Second by a nose in the Providencia and unraced since then is the Jeff Mullins-trained Sweeter Still, a Rock of Gibraltar filly bred in Ireland. Prior to the Providencia, she had back-to-back wins in a maiden special weight and in Santa Anita’s March 1 China Doll Stakes for David Lanzman Racing Stable and Jason Wood. Sweeter Still carries the field’s second-highest weight of 121.
Gorgeous Goose was fourth in the Providencia by just 1 1/4 lengths, and prior to that start was third in the China Doll. The Mongoose filly won the Blue Northern Stakes last December for trainer Mike Puype, but has not scored since then.
Making her first start in the United States is the Diesis filly Magical Fantasy, running for trainer James Nicol after breaking her maiden last November in the Lingfield Park for Weddings Maiden Stakes.
Coming off a fifth-place finish in the March 30 Santa Paula Stakes (gr. III) is the Bobby Frankel-trained Lovely Isle, a Double Honor filly, who will have to rebound to the quality of her runner-up Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) after weakening in the March 8 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), in which she finished seventh.
$100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT, Race 7, approximate post 4:20 p.m.), one mile for 3-year-old fillies, turf
PP, Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Harmony Creator, 115, Isaias Enriquez
2. Lovely Isle, 115, Ramon Dominguez
3. Fire n' Brimstone, 117, Victor Espinoza
4. Bel Air Sizzle, 123, Clinton Potts
5. Decorator, 115, Tyler Baze
6. Sweeter Still, 121, Martin Garcia
7. Gorgeous Goose, 119, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
8. Magical Fantasy, 117, Alex Solis
9. P. S. U. Grad, 117, Michael Baze
10. Divine Legacy, 117, Joseph Talamo
11. Dawn Before Dawn, 115, Joel Rosario
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