04/16/2011 5:16PM

Santa Anita: Sharp debut for 'Lady'


American Lady, a Stormy Atlantic filly purchased for $230,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, won her debut in Saturday's fourth race for 3-year-old fillies over 5 1-2 furlongs.

Ridden by Chantal Sutherland for trainer Bob Baffert, American Lady ($7.60) set a quick pace of 21.74 and 44.31 seconds, repelled an early challenge from stablemate Artuya and held off a late threat from 8-5 favorite Orientatious to win by a half-length, finishing 5 1-2 furlongs in 1:02.27.

Baffert is the clear leader in the trainer's standings. Through Saturday's fourth race, he has 43 races and has an eight-race lead on John Sadler.