3YO MI BELLA Battles to the Wire to Earn Maiden Win at Oaklawn
Runner-up here on March 13, MI BELLA stayed in contention the entire race and got to the wire first to take this 1 1/16-mile Maiden test by 1/2 length. The 3-year-old filly by ALTERNATION broke sharply from post nine in a 10-horse field to vie for the lead going into the first turn, then raced between foes down the backstretch. MI BELLA moved up to challenge for the lead turning for home, took command near the top of the stretch and continued her strong effort to the finish. Lifetime record: 8-1-1-0, $24,939. O-Jackie Rojas and William Sexton. B-Stone Farm & Jack Mandato. T-Chris A. Hartman.