07/21/2012 7:12AM

Del Mar: Tilde scores first stakes win in CTBA Stakes

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Tilde and Rafael Bejarano are all alone in the stretch of the CTBA Stakes.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Tilde led throughout Friday’s $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes to win her first stakes in the sprint for California-bred 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Tilde ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.50 and was never truly threatened in the stretch, finishing 3 1/2 lengths in front of the maiden Cotton’s Point. Tribal Peace, the 4-5 favorite, closed from sixth in the field of seven to finish third.

Awe Golly Molly was fourth, followed by AkissForarose, Awe’ Some Kitten, and JillyBaylee.

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Tilde ($7.20) was the second choice in the betting. Owned by breeder and trainer Mike Harrington, Tilde has won 2 of 3 starts and $109,560.

By Swiss Yodeler, Tilde beat maidens in her debut against open company at Betfair Hollywood Park on May 20. She was third against open company in the Cinderella Stakes on June 16.

The CTBA Stakes was Tilde’s first start in a race for California-breds. She is likely to stay with that group, and could run in the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes over six furlongs on Aug. 29.