Updated on 09/15/2011 1:34PM

A confident Sehra on a roll


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Despite having lost her first eight starts, Sehra began sending positive signals to trainer Simon Bray at the end of the Del Mar meeting.

Three months later, Sehra has won two races in a row and will try for a third in a $46,000 optional claimer at Hollywood Park on Friday.

Run over 1 1/16 miles on turf, the allowance race has drawn seven fillies and mares. Other top contenders include Alinga, the winner of the Carmel Handicap at Bay Meadows in September; Impeachable, who ran third in a stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 11; and La Picara, a stakes winner from Chile who is making her United States debut.

Judging from recent form, Sehra fits well with this field and she is in the right frame of mind, Bray said.

"There's the old saying that when a horse wins, it changes their confidence," he said.

Owned by a partnership led by Steve Shapiro, Sehra was winless in five starts last year at 3, and made only one start last winter before being sidelined. She resurfaced in August at Del Mar as part of Bray's stable. Sehra finished eighth and fifth in Del Mar maiden races for Bray, but showed encouraging signs.

"It took me a while to get to know her," he said. "The first time she ran at Del Mar she ran off. Then I ran her back at Del Mar and she got stuck on the inside. She likes to be on the outside of horses. I sent her up to Bay Meadows and it boosted her confidence."

Sehra won her maiden Sept. 29 at Bay Meadows and then won a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on this course at 28-1 on Nov. 10.

There is plenty of pace for Sehra to chase on Friday. Scented Garden, who was second for new trainer Eduardo Inda here on Nov. 11, has shown speed, as have Impeachable and Lookn Mighty Fine.

Scented Garden won twice in New Year earlier this year against New-York breds, and was beaten a half-length in her California debut. Lookn Mighty Fine is one of four fillies and mares entered to be claimed for $80,000. The others are Impeachable, Swiss Miss, and Alinga.

Scented Garden may be a slight favorite over Sehra, but Bray is optimistic that Sehra can win and move on to more important races.

"I'd like to see her knock out this condition pretty easily, then we'll look at some black type," Bray said.

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