03/06/2011 8:40PM

Azeri's daughter Arienza wins debut at Oaklawn

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Arienza, a 3-year-old daughter of Azeri, impressively wins her career debut in a maiden sprint at Oaklawn Park.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- Arienza, a 3-year-old daughter of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, won her career debut Sunday at Oaklawn Park. She attended a hot pace in a maiden special weight for fillies and mares at six furlongs, and went on to a 2 1/2-length win in 1:10.42.

Arienza, who is by Giant’s Causeway, was an $800,000 purchase at Keeneland September in 2009. She is owned by Robert and Lawana Low and is trained by Dan Peitz.

Michael Baze rode Arienza ($3.80), who broke well and sat just off fractions of 21.96 seconds for the opening quarter and 45.54 for the half-mile. Arienza moved to the lead into the stretch and easily held off a bid from 4-year-old Alyssa’s Dream.

Azeri’s wins included three runnings of the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn. Her son by A.P. Indy, Take Control, won his career debut at Santa Anita in 2009. Azeri won 17 of 24 starts and $4,079,820.

Arienza’s sharp win on Sunday makes her the early favorite for the $75,000 Prima Donna for 3-year-old fillies at Oaklawn. The six-furlong race will be run on March 26.