02/25/2006 12:00AM

Behaving Badly cruises in Las Flores


ARCADIA, Calif. - Behaving Badly proved she is in the best form of her career with an easy win in Saturday's $107,000 at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Behaving Badly ($2.40) ran six furlongs in 1:09.09, finishing 4 3/4 lengths in front of Awesome Lady in the field of six fillies and mares. The victory marked Behaving Badly's third consecutive win, a streak that includes the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap here last month.

Behaving Badly was so heavily bet that she attracted $517,708 of the $545,016 bet to show. There was a minus show pool of $90,498.

Behaving Badly was always near the lead. Breaking from the outside post, she fought with Spirit to Spare through early fractions of 21.48 and 44.04 seconds. By the top of the stretch, Behaving Badly was clear of her competition. She has hand-ridden to the finish by Espinoza.

Awesome Lady finished second, 1 1/2 lengths in front of Spirit to Spare.

Behaving Badly has won 6 of 8 starts and $411,400. Owned by Hal and Patti Earnhardt and trained by Bob Baffert, Behaving Badly has won three stakes, the first of which was the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar last summer.

*Moscow Burning, the 2004 California-bred Horse of the Year, won her second restricted race of the year in the $108,700 for state-bred fillies and mares.

Ridden by David Flores, Moscow Burning rallied from sixth to catch pacesetter Alphabet Kisses in the final sixteenth. Moscow Burning ($3.40) ran a mile on turf in 1:33.40. Alphabet Kisses finished 2 1-2 lengths in front of Unusual Spring in the field of seven.

Moscow Burning has won 11 of 26 starts and $1,242,785. She won the Sunshine Million Filly and Mare Turf in January.