09/22/2012 5:32PM

Calder: Angelica Zapata returns from vacation to dominate Stage Door Betty

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Angelica Zapata, ridden for the first time by Luis Saez, collects her fourth straight stakes victory in the Stage Door Betty.

MIAMI -   Musical Romance may be the most notable older filly and mare stabled at Calder this summer but Angelica Zapata is quickly establishing herself as a star in her own right.

Angelica Zapata returned from an 11-week vacation to dominate six overmatched rivals in Saturday’s $75,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap, drawing off to an easy 7 1/2-length victory over longshot My Pal Crisy for her fourth straight stakes win.  Callmethesqueeze finished third.

Angelica Zapata stalked the early pace of Annie Roe in the 1 1/16-mile Stage Door Betty. A 4-year-old homebred daughter of Sharp Humor owned by Herman Van Den Broeck, Angelica Zapata readily took command approaching the quarter pole, and then drew away with complete authority once set down through the stretch.

My Pal Crisy was easily second best, finishing three lengths clear of Callmethesqueeze.  Frolic’s Revenge made a run to contention on the final turn but could not sustain the bid, tailing off through the stretch to be fourth while making her second start in a week.

Angelica Zapata completed the distance in 1:44.86 and returned $2.40. She was ridden for the first time by Calder’s leading  jockey, Luis Saez.