06/21/2008 12:00AM

Bellsblade's improvement continues


ALBANY, Calif. - Bellsblade ($7) won her stakes debut and increased her winning streak to three as she captured the $75,000 Work the Crowd Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday.

The 4-year-old Robert Reseigne homebred filly graduated in a $12,500 maiden claimer but has turned things around on turf, winning a starter allowance on April 14 at Bay Meadows, an optional claimer at Golden Gate Fields on May 18, and Saturday’s one-mile turf stakes for California-bred fillies and mares.

She rated nicely on the lead under Catalino Martinez and withstood repeated challenges by odds-on favorite Lightmyfirebaby, winning the race by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:36.09. Andover the Cash was third another three lengths back.

The Mr. Broad Blade filly earned $45,000 to lift her career earnings to $96,760. She has won four of 11 starts for trainer Steve Miyadi.