04/26/2012 2:06PM

Hollywood Park: A Jealous Woman gets easier assignment in B Thoughtful


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – A Jealous Woman was strides from her first stakes win in the American Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita earlier this month when Belle Royale rallied wide to win by a half-length.

“She gave me everything,” jockey Brice Blanc said. “She drew away from everybody and did everything right.”

Blanc rides A Jealous Woman again in Saturday’s $125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, hoping that the 6-year-old mare can finally have a breakthrough performance in a stakes.

In a sense, the B. Thoughtful Stakes will be easier. The race is restricted to California-bred fillies and mares and is run over 7 1/2 furlongs, around one turn. The American Beauty Stakes was against open company and run over a mile on turf.

The B. Thoughtful Stakes will be A Jealous Woman’s first start on a synthetic track since a second in her debut at Hollywood Park in July 2009. Owned by the Three Cent Stable partnership and trained by Francis Meza, A Jealous Woman has raced primarily on turf in her 12-race career, which includes five wins and earnings of $236,516.

“I think shortening up to one turn shouldn’t hurt her either,” Blanc said. “She’s pretty aggressive and has a lot of tactical speed.”

A Jealous Woman has drawn the outside post in a field of eight, which Blanc says allows him the opportunity to gauge whether the other fillies and mares will try for the lead in the long run down the backstretch.

“If they go in 45 [seconds], I don’t have to chase them,” Blanc said.

“I think she can do a little bit of everything.”

None of the fillies and mares entered in the B. Thoughtful have won stakes this year, but four of them won allowance races or optional claimers in their last starts – Bench Glory, Halo Dolly, Miss Becca, and Sister Kate.

Halo Dolly, who won the Solana Beach Handicap on turf at Del Mar last year, and Sister Kate, a winner of her last two starts, are trained by Jerry Hollendofer. Sister Kate may be the quicker of the two, Hollendorfer said.

“Sister Kate has more speed,” he said. “Halo Dolly can do whatever. We expect them to do well.”

Miss Becca is making her stakes debut. Trained by Peter Eurton, she has won 3 of 7 starts, including an optional claimer on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on March 9. The B. Thoughtful will be the longest race of Miss Becca’s career.

“It might be a little far for her, but we don’t have much of a choice,” Eurton said. “She has a big turn of foot. You just wait and wait and then she makes a run.”