04/28/2012 4:39PM

Hollywood Park: Warren's Jitterbug upsets B. Thoughtful

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Warren's Jitterbug takes the B. Thoughtful under Rafael Bejarano.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A perfect trip gave Warren’s Jitterbug an upset win, and the richest victory of her career, in Saturday’s $125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Sent off as the longest shot in a field of seven California-bred fillies and mares, Warren’s Jitterbug ($25) closed from fifth to win by a half-length over Going for a Spin.

Sister Kate, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, finished third, after dueling with stablemate Halo Dolly through early fractions of 22.91 and 46.03 seconds. Halo Dolly, the 9-5 favorite, could only finish fifth, leading as far as the eighth pole.

Warren’s Jitterbug, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was fourth behind the pacesetters at the end of the backstretch, moved closer on the turn, and took the lead in the final furlong. She ran 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:31.44.

“I thought she’d be a little farther back,” trainer Jorge Gutierrez said. “When she started up to them at the three-eighths pole, she was in a stalking position. I thought we had a good shot.”

Gutierrez trains Warren’s Jitterbug for breeder Ben Warren. A 5-year-old mare by Affirmative, Warren’s Jitterbug made her first start of 2012 in the B. Thoughtful Stakes. She had not started since finishing third in an optional claimer at Santa Anita last October, the last of six races in a winless season. In 2010, Warren’s Jitterbug won the Solana Beach Handicap on turf at Del Mar.

Gutierrez said after the B. Thoughtful that Warren’s Jitterbug may start in similar two-turn stakes for California-breds on turf this summer. Warren’s Jitterbug has won 4 of 24 starts and $355,994.

Bejarano, a native of Peru who became a U.S. citizen on Friday, rode Warren’s Jitterbug for the first time since April 2010 on Saturday. It was a partnership that Gutierrez sought, he said.

“I waited for Bejarano and he came open,” Gutierrez said. “It was perfect.”