Updated on 09/18/2011 1:39AM

Amorama finally gets first '06 win


MIAMI - Amorama had piled up plenty of frequent flyer miles but had nary a victory to show for her travels this season, until Saturday when she returned to south Florida to post a come-from-behind one-length victory over Bayou's Lassie in the $100,000 at Calder.

Amorama, a Grade 1 winner owned by the Stronach Stable, began her 2006 campaign at Tampa Bay Downs. She journeyed to Kentucky, New York, and Southern California prior to making her Calder debut in the Grade 3 My Charmer. Under a well-judged ride by Manoel Cruz, Amorama was reserved near the rear of the pack while saving ground early, angled out while launching her bid upon settling into the stretch, and finished best of all to wear down Bayou's Lassie and win going away.

Amorama was one of two horses in the My Charmer trained by Bobby Frankel. The other was Dream Lady, the 9-5 favorite, who was hung wide throughout and finished a tiring seventh.

Bayou's Lassie, the only 3-year-old in the scratch-reduced field of 10 fillies and mares, contested the early pace with longshot Rutledge Ballado. She eased off on the backstretch, re-engaged for command and wrested control at the top of the stretch, but was unable to resist the winner's surge in a game effort. Rutledge Ballado held on well to be third.

The My Charmer lost some of its luster when five horses were scratched, including the 120-pound highweight and likely odds-on favorite Naissance Royale, who was declared due to a licensing issue.

Amorama covered the 1 1/8 miles over a firm course in 1:46.51 and paid $13.20.

"That was a nice race," Frankel said by phone from California. "He [Cruz] rode her well.

"She might be retired now. If I can run her once more before the breeding season starts, I might do that. We'll have to see what's there for her."