ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2009) – After fading to seventh in Santa Anita’s Grade II Santa Ana Handicap last March, New Zealand-bred Exquisite returned to action Thursday to capture Oak Tree’s $51,020 allowance/optional claiming feature by one length over Bel Air Sizzle while covering one mile on turf in 1:34.14.

Off at odds of 6-1, Exquisite contributed to tough to-have mosaique for Pick Six players, as they took aim at a $87,781 carryover from Wednesday. Nobody correctly tabbed six winners in Oak Tree’s popular exotic wager Thursday either, resulting in a two-day carryover of $278,276 into Friday’s eight-race program. It is expected that Friday’s Pick Six pool could possibly reach $1 million.

The upset victory, with Alex Solis in the saddle for trainer Paddy Gallagher, gained a measure of revenge against Bel Air Sizzle, who had missed by a head when second to Bootleg Annie in the Santa Ana.

Rallying from sixth in Thursday’s field of eight fillies and mares, Exquisite got the jump on her rival, who closed swiftly from a distant last under Rafael Bejarano to gain the place. It was another length back to April Ride in third with David Flores aboard.

Sent off at odds of 6-1, the comebacking Exquisite paid $15, $7.60 and $4. Bel Air Sizzle returned $4.60 and $3.40 while the show price on April Pride was $3.60.

The victory was the second in seven United States starts for the 5-year-old New Zealand import owned by the partnership of David Bienstock, Paul Mandabach and Charles Winner. The winning purse of $28,200 increased her career earnings to $112,807 from an overall record of 4-2-2 in 19 career races.

Oak Tree resumes Santa Anita’s popular “Free Fridays” promotion on Friday when admission is free and hot dogs, beer, sodas, coffee and popcorn may be purchased for $1. First post on Fridays has been moved to 2 p.m.