01/30/2010 1:00AM

Blumin Beauty benefits from change in tactics


PHOENIX - Blumin Beauty turned the tables on three rivals as she posted an upset in Saturday's $27,125 Mesa Handicap at Turf Paradise.

Owned by Viola Oliver and trained by Doug Oliver, the 7-year-old mare had previously finished fourth behind three of her Mesa rivals in an allowance race at Turf Paradise on Jan. 3. A change of tactics helped her get revenge. She's been primarily a stalker/closer but in Saturday's 6 1/2-furlong event for fillies and mares she went right out to duel for the lead under Ry Eikleberry with longshot Pure and Simple, got the better of that rival, opened up into the lane and just got to the line a head in front of hard-charging even-money favorite Puff Maddie. It was Puff Maddie who won that aforementioned Jan. 3 race. Littlemiss Allison stalked and finished third 2 1/2 lengths back in the field of eight.

Blumin Beauty ran distance in 1:16.01. She paid $24.40 and the winner's share of $16,275 pushes her career bankroll to $215,932 from nine wins in 50 starts.

* In the day's first race Warren's Jack V. ($13.80), with Juan Rivera aboard, set a track record of 2:00.77 for 1 1/4 miles. The previous record of 2:01.40 was set in 1995 by Truly a Pleasure.