06/05/2005 11:00PM

Andujar all the way in Milady BC 'Cap

Benoit & Associates
Andujar draws off to a seven-length victory under Corey Nakatani.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Andujar has wasted no time in making her presence felt in California.

Andujar, who first raced in California in March, won her third consecutive race and her stakes debut on Saturday, taking the $205,150 at Hollywood Park. The victory came in her first start for owners Paul Reddam and Mark Schlessinger and trainer Doug O'Neill.

A 4-year-old filly imported from France over the winter, Andujar was purchased privately last month, shortly after winning an allowance race by 10 1/2 lengths in her main-track debut April 28.

But unlike in that race, when she was the 1-2 favorite, Andujar was dismissed at 7-1 in the Grade 2 Milady.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Andujar broke well and led by a length through early fractions of 23.13 and 45.96 seconds. Although the pace was quick, including six furlongs in 1:09.99, Andujar extended her lead through the stretch. She won by seven lengths, easily beating six other fillies and mares.

"I knew she was good, but I didn't realize she was that good," Nakatani said.

Hollywood Story, the 3-2 favorite and winner of the Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap on May 7, rallied from last to finish second, 2 1/2 lengths in front of the defending champion, Star Parade. Hollywood Story carried top weight of 121 pounds, four more than Andujar.

Andujar ($16.80) finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.59.

By Quiet American, Andujar has won 3 of 9 starts and $197,693. She was winless in five starts on turf in France and made her first three starts in the United States for trainer Julio Canani before being sold.

Cinderella: River's Prayer wires

Earlier, in the $94,125 Cinderella Stakes, River's Prayer remained unbeaten after two starts with a front-running victory, giving her trainer, Paula Capestro, her first stakes win at Hollywood Park.

Ridden by Felipe Martinez, River's Prayer took the lead from the rail, set a quick pace of 21.50 and 44.68 seconds, and was not challenged in the stretch. River's Prayer ($3.60) finished 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.30. She appeared to tire in the stretch, but finished 3 1/2 lengths clear of My Lucky Free in the field of eight 2-year-old fillies.

My Lucky Free finished six lengths in front of Slick Road, who was also third in the Nursery Stakes here in mid-May.

My Lucky Free has been purchased by University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. She will be transferred to trainer Cam Gambolati, but may make one more start for current trainer Rafael DeLeon before joining Gambolati.