08/08/2010 6:55PM

Del Mar: Rigoletta's experience pays


Rigoletta, the only filly in Sunday's sixth race with a previous start, pulled an upset in a maiden race over 5 1-2 furlongs, giving trainer Dan Hendricks his first win of the meeting.

Rigoletta ($26.40) ran down pacesetter Blazing Along and held off a late threat from Sky Flying Eileen to win by 1 1-4 lengths in 1:05.06. Rigoletta was fifth in her career debut at Hollywood Park on July 15. None of the other nine 2-year-old fillies in the race had started.

Sky Flying Eileen and fourth-place finisher Star Presence ran well. Sky Flying Eileen closed from last to nip pacesetter Blazing Along. Star Presence closed from the back of the field with a wide rally.