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June 04, 2006 · By · Share

Bella Lago broke her maiden on June 3rd over a very sloppy <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Philadelphia Park strip.  Going five furlongs, Bella was in with a real speedball and had to cede the early lead to that filly.  Jockey Carols Cruz kept after Bella Lago the whole way to not let that other filly get too far away from her.  When the top two turned for home, the pacesetter came out a little bit and Bella had to alter course.  Cruz swung her inside the pacesetter, and Bella showed no hesitation gamely fighting on through the rail to win by a widening three-lengths.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Trainer Lupe Preciado said, "I really liked how our filly came through on the rail.  I wasn't sure how much courage she was going to have getting all that mud kicked in her face.  She didn't stop at all though and just wore down the leader.  I saw we had run on a wet fast track before and she ran okay, so I wasn't too concerned about the track.  I told Carlos not to let the five horse get away from him because the speed was holding up.  On paper we looked like the best horse in the race, but going five furlongs you can't wait to make your move.  The other filly had a habit of stopping, but I didn't think anyone was going to get her if we didn't, so we just had to keep her honest."


Jockey Carlos Cruz said, "Lupe told me to keep my filly close to the five.  He wanted me to get her away from the gate and just try to stay close.  I had to switch my filly in, but she kept running hard and never stopped.  She ran tough."


Bella Lago earned $12,000 for her effort bringing her career total up to $37,675.  She has one win, two seconds and two thirds in her seven career starts.

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