02/19/2011 5:03PM

Beautician surges from last to first in Pan Zareta

Lou Hodges Jr.
Beautician, cutting back in distance, wins the Pan Zareta under jockey Julien Leparoux.

Beautician asserted her class Saturday when she rallied from last to capture the $58,800 Pan Zareta Stakes on the Louisiana Derby Preview undercard at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Turning back in distance while making her first start in nearly four months, Beautician won for the third time in 16 starts. Julien Leparoux was aboard for owner Peter Callahan and trainer Ken McPeek. The winner paid $6.60 as second choice after finishing six furlongs in 1:09.76 over a fast track.

Smoky Belle had put away favored Moontune Missy leaving the quarter pole and drawn clear in midstretch at 11-1, but a well-judged ride from Leparoux got Beautician to the front with about 40 yards to go. The winning margin was a length, with Simplify finishing another 2 3/4 lengths back in third in a field of seven fillies and mares.

Beautician has been multiple graded stakes-placed when facing many of the top fillies in her class throughout her career, most notably a runner-up finish in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Remarkably, the Pan Zareta marked the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old gray Beautician, who now has earned $633,175.

McPeek said he intends to keep Beautician in one-turn races this year.

“She’s been a really good filly from the beginning,” he said.

Due Date delivers as favorite in Colonel Power

Due Date ($3.40) was up in the final strides to defeat Strike Impact in an exciting running of the $58,800 Colonel Power at 5 1/2 furlongs over a turf course rated good.

With Tony Farina riding for trainer Steve Margolis, Due Date rallied widest of all to prevail by a head, finishing in 1:04.74. Sweetsouthernmoon was another three-quarters of a length back in third in a field of seven older horses.

Due Date, a gray 6-year-old horse by El Prado, was coming off a victory in the Bonapaw Stakes over the Fair Grounds turf. He now has won 8 of 30 starts and earned $276,788 for the Klein family.

“He’s a neat old horse, just gives it his all,” said Margolis. “He stepped up to the plate again today.”