1 ¼ miles over Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course in 2:00.78.
“She broke a bit flat-footed,” Talamo said in the winner’s circle, “but I think it helped her because she relaxed so well after that. She likes to sit back and make one run, and the added distance helped her a lot today.”
Bel Air Sizzle gained the advantage in the closing strides on Friday as Pericia Fina, ridden by Richard Migliore, nudged Spring Style and jockey Joel Rosario by a nose for the place.
The winner paid $15.80, $7.20 and $4.40. The mutuel payoffs on the longshot runner-up were $16 and $9.60. Spring Style paid $5 to show. Don’t Forget Faith, the 5-2 favorite, was not a factor while finishing fifth.
During a stellar season as a 3-year-old, Bel Air Sizzle had earned $368,866 from 4 wins in 12 starts, but she had a more difficult time breaking through against mostly stakes company this year.
Bel Air Sizzle’s victory on Friday was worth $36,600 to partners Madeline Auerbach, Vincenzo Loverso and Ron McCauley. The purse raised her 2009 winnings to $143,280 and her career total to $565,646 from an overall record of 6-4-3 in 28 starts.
The 23rd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf highlights Saturday’s nine-race program with first post set for 12:30 p.m.
ESPN’s Rick Reilly will pinch hit for Trevor Denman and provide the live call of Saturday’s first race at 6 ½ furlongs.