12/31/2010 7:38PM

Santa Anita: Believe this Rumor


Rumor, a 2-year-old filly, made an exciting debut in Friday's sixth race, fighting for the early lead before drawing off to win by 6 3-4 lengths. Rumor ran six furlongs in a brisk 1:07.97 on Santa Anita's sand-and-clay track.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Rumor ($7.20) stalked pacesetter Magicallytown through early fractions of 21.50 and 44.19 seconds before pulling away. Magicallytown faded to finish last of seven. Bauble Queen, who was the subject of early betting action and was 6-5 at one point, closed from last to finish second at 3-1.

Rumor is owned by a partnership and trained by Richard Mandella. By In Excess, the filly was purchased for a whopping $440,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.