02/20/2010 1:00AM

A Jealous Woman headed to stakes next


ARCADIA, Calif. - Bill Spawr could not contain his excitement. A Jealous Woman had just extended her winning streak to four with a half-length win in an optional claimer at Santa Anita on Friday, and Spawr was looking toward the future.

"This is the real deal," Spawr said. "I don't know how good she is."

Ridden by Joe Talamo, A Jealous Woman won the longest race of her career on Friday and faced her strongest competition. She led throughout the 1 1/8-mile turf race and held off a late run from Welken, who was seeking her fourth consecutive win.

Owned by the partnership of Don Ladd, Keith Lineman, Martin Mueller, Richard Reid, and (co-breeder) Nick Tamborrino, A Jealous Woman has won 4 of 5 starts and $138,080.

The win had Spawr thinking about stakes in coming months for A Jealous Woman.

"I think she's that's good," he said. "I had Exchange and I think [A Jealous Woman] is that good."

Exchange won 15 of 30 starts, 10 stakes -- including three Grade 1 races -- and $1,287,795, in the early 1990s.

What made Friday's win even more impressive is that Spawr thinks the distance is on the outside of A Jealous Woman's range. He would have preferred a one-mile race later this month.

"This race went, and we took a chance at the mile and an eighth," he said. "She's special."

Spawr did see something encouraging from A Jealous Woman over the longer distance. She was challenged in the final furlong by Welken and responded. Talamo "said as soon as [Welken] came to him, she took off again," he said.

A Jealous Woman, 4, has won three consecutive allowance races or optional claimers.

Unusual Big Cap prep for Enriched

Enriched is being prepared for the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 6 in an unconventional way.

Trainer Doug O'Neill said Friday that Enriched will have a prep race in the $100,000 Crystal Water Handicap, a statebred race over a mile on turf Sunday, just six days before the Big Cap.

A half-brother to 2006 Big Cap winner Lava Man, Enriched will be a leading contender in the Crystal Water, which also is expected to include Compari, the winner of the Sensational Star Handicap on the hillside turf course here Jan. 1.

Enriched may need a win in the Crystal Water to boost his status for the Big Cap. A maximum field of 14 is possible. Handicap weights will determine which horses start, if the race draws more than 14 entrants.

The candidates include Richard's Kid, winner of the San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 7, and Jeranimo, winner of the Strub Stakes on Feb. 13. Richard's Kid's main goal is the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 27, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Other candidates include Acclamation, Dakota Phone, High Court Drama, Misremembered, Palladio, Philatelist, Pick Six, St. Trinians, Tiger Smoke, and Unusual Smoke. Hold Me Back and Snowmaster are two other possible runners.

Rosario to appeal suspension

Jockey Joel Rosario, who through Friday was third in the standings at Santa Anita, will appeal a three-day suspension from Santa Anita stewards for causing interference, according to his agent, Vic Stauffer.

Rosario was cited for failing to maintain a straight course aboard Tamerin in the fifth race Thursday. Tamerin was disqualified from fourth and placed eighth in a claiming race on the hillside turf course. The suspension was issued for Feb. 26-28.

Rosario has won 29 races this meeting and trails leader Rafael Bejarano by 18 wins. Victor Espinoza is second with 32 wins.