04/24/2009 11:00PM

Bejarano continues with hot hand


INGLEWOOD, Calif.- Rafael Bejarano, the leading rider at all major meetings in Southern California since the start of 2008, stole the spotlight from the statebreds on Saturday's California Gold Rush program at Hollywood Park.

Bejarano won the first three major stakes of the day for California-breds, including the $200,000 Melair Stakes aboard Pretty Unusual.

Making her stakes debut, Pretty Unusual ($20) rallied from off the pace to win by a length in the race for 3-year-old statebred fillies. She ran 1 1/16 miles on the main track in 1:42.88.

Chalula One finished second, three-quarters of a length in front of the 9-5 favorite, Beltene, in the field of nine.

Bejarano had Pretty Unusual in seventh on the final turn and rallied wide through the stretch to reach the front in the final furlong.

Owned by a partnership and trained by Barry Abrams, Pretty Unusual has won 2 of 5 starts and $147,152. She beat maidens in a $50,000 claiming race at Santa Anita on March 8, and lost her next two starts against winners - a second in an allowance race against older statebred fillies and mares March 26 and a fifth against open company 3-year-olds on April 8.

B. Thoughtful: Waveline gets stakes

Waveline rebounded from nose losses in two consecutive stakes to win her first stakes in Saturday's B. Thoughtful Stakes. The B. Thoughtful was Waveline's first career stakes win in her 14th start.

Bejarano gave Waveline an ideal ride in the B. Thoughtful, run over seven furlongs for fillies and mares. Waveline was second for the first half-mile, tracking pacesetter Gambler's Justice through early fractions of 22.43 and 44.42 seconds.

Taking the lead in early stretch, Waveline ($8.40) quickly burst clear and won by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:20.89, setting a stakes record.

"If you'd drawn that up, that's how you would want it to go," winning owner Paul Reddam said of the trip. "It doesn't always go that way."

Gambler's Justice held second, finishing 1 1/4 lengths in front of Lady Railrider, the 8-5 favorite in the field of six. Golden Doc A, who won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita in February 2008, ran last.

Waveline, 4, has won 4 of 14 starts and $241,790. She was second by a nose in two races on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita during the spring - the Irish O'Brien Stakes on March 15 and an optional claimer on April 3.

"She seems like one turn is her best distance," Reddam said. "She doesn't seem like she wants more than a mile.

Fran's Valentine: Bootleg Annie wires

Bootleg Annie has won races at nearly every level - against maidens, claimers, and a small stakes at Turf Paradise in 2007. Saturday, she won her first six-figure stakes in the $150,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes.

Ridden by Bejarano, Bootleg Annie ($11.80) led throughout the Fran's Valentine, recording her third consecutive win. The first of those wins came in a $40,000 claimer at Santa Anita on Feb. 28 and was followed on March 28 in a starter handicap. Kathy Walsh has trained Bootleg Annie during that span.

Such success is nothing new. The 5-year-old mare, by Go for Gin, has won 13 of 26 starts and $327,718 in her career for owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood. Before Saturday's Fran's Valentine, for statebred fillies and mares, her only stakes win occurred in the minor Wende Stakes at Turf Paradise in April 2007.

In the Fran's Valentine, Bootleg Annie ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.60. She led by a half-length to a length until the stretch when she was threatened by Spinning Yarns, who got within a head. Bootleg Annie fought back to win by a length over Spinning Yarns. Onebadkitty finished third in the field of six. Bel Air Sizzle, the 9-10 favorite, finished fifth.