09/04/2011 6:30PM

Del Mar: St Trinians starts slow, finishes fast in Adoration

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St Trinians rallies from sixth in the final quarter mile under Joel Rosario to take the Adoration.

DEL MAR, Calif. - St. Trinians got the waiting ride trainer Mike Mitchell believes she needs, and overcame a slow start with a fast finish to capture the $95,385 Adoration Stakes for older fillies and mares on Sunday at Del Mar.

St. Trinians ($3.80), the favorite in the field of seven, was off a step slow, and was four paths wide on the final turn, yet she closed from sixth in the final quarter-mile of the one-mile race to defeat Downhill Diva by a half-length, with Victoryasecret another head back in third.

Joel Rosario rode St Trinians, who covered one mile on Polytrack in 1:35.99. Rosario was the fourth different jockey to have ridden St. Trinians in her last four starts.

“That’s the way you’ve got to ride her,” said Mitchell, who trains St. Trinians for owners Dan Capen and Laura Chavers.

St. Trinians also benefited from an easier spot. Because she was winless this year, owing to a disqualification in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park in May, she was eligible for the Adoration. In her most-recent start, St. Trinians had finished fourth behind the top-class females Ultra Blend, Zazu, and Switch in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes here on Aug. 6.