Beautiful Noise (Sunny's Halo - Listen Well, by Secretariat) is a 5-year-old filly trained by Ron McAnally. Prior to her Santa Ana win, Beautiful Noise best showing in a stakes race was a pair of second-place finishes, including a head defeat to Smooth Player in the Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) last year."She's a steady filly, she doesn't really have that real quick burst of speed. But she keeps coming," McAnally said.Beautiful Noise returned $7.60, 4.00, and 2.80. High Walden paid $6.60 and $5. Matiere Grise was worth $8 to show. The $1 exacta paid $25.30. (Chart, Equibase)
Janis R. Whitham's homebred Beautiful Noise earned her first stakes victory Sunday at Santa Anita, winning the $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap (gr. II) by a head over High Walden. Under jockey Chris McCarron, the 14-5 favorite completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.27 on a firm turf course."I'll tell you what, this mare runs her race every time," McCarron said. "She's just extremely honest and today was a big day for her."Matiere Grise finished third, three-quarter lengths behind High Walden. Aviate came home fourth, followed by Rare Charmer, Vapor Trail, Balboa Park, New Story, No Matter What, Running Flame, Mary Kies, and Brianda.