10/10/2003 11:00PM

Belleski captures Sen. Ken Maddy


ARCADIA, Calif. - Belleski won her first stakes, and remained unbeaten on Santa Anita's hillside turf course, with a late rally in Saturday's Grade 3, $112,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Belleski ($5.80) ran about 6 1-2 furlongs in 1:12.37, finishing two lengths in front of Buffythecenterfold. Icantgoforthat, who set the pace, finished third.

Roberto's Mango, the winner of the Daisycutter Handicap at Del Mar in August, was seventh in the field of 10 fillies and mares.

Belleski was well positioned throughout the race. She was fifth on the hillside, moved between fillies and mares to reach contention in early stretch and pulled clear late to score.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Sadler, Belleski has won 5 of 10 starts and $238,019. During the summer, she finished third in the Grade 3 Royal Heroine Stakes at Hollywood Park and second in the restricted Osunitas Handicap.

Last winter, she won two allowance races on the hillside turf course.