Winless in four previous stateside starts this year, English-bred Treasuring took Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes in virtual gate to wire fashion, winning by 1 ½ lengths under Brice Blanc. Trained by Simon Callaghan, Treasuring, who had been a Group III winner in Ireland at age two, got a mile over the Santa Anita turf in 1:35.43.
Ridden for the first time by Blanc, Treasuring was part of a three-way battle for the lead going into the Club House turn and was officially second, a head off of May Girl after the first quarter mile.
“I think on paper, she was the most proven horse in the race, graded stakes wise,” said Blanc. “I think she had the class, but a lot of people liked West Palm Beach too. I think my filly came from tougher races, and she was already a Group III winner in Europe. She’s run against better and better horses the last few races.”
Although Callaghan was away in Kentucky, he was also represented by 3-5 favorite West Palm Beach, who finished fifth.
As the “Other Callaghan,” Treasuring was off at 9-2 in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies and paid $11.80, $5.20 and $3.60.
Owned by Qatar Racing Limited, Treasuring improved her overall mark 12-4-3-0. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $151,227.
Irish-bred Pursuing The Dream, who broke from post position six, was pressed the pace throughout and finished a neck in front of Movie Moment.
Off at 6-1, Pursuing The Dream paid $6.40 and $4.00.
Movie Moment was a close fourth turning for home and finished a neck in front of Consolida for third money and paid $4.20 to show.
Ridden by Tyler Baze, West Palm Beach, who was an impressive one mile turf allowance winner in her U.S. debut here on March 16, lagged as expected early but lacked the necessary rally at 3-5.
“We had a good trip,” said Baze. “I thought I’d win at the top of the lane, but she ran about two strides and she was done. We know she’s a lot better than that.”
Fractions on the race were 23.04, 46.47, 1:11.23 and 1:23.16.