11/08/2009 12:00AM

Kays and Jays returns with a bang

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Kays and Jays used a slow pace to her advantage in Sunday's $67,338 Cascapedia Stakes, the closing day feature of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Kays and Jays ($5.40) set a pace of 23.03 and 46.03 seconds in the seven-furlong race, and held off a late run from a troubled Irish Gypsy to win by three-quarters of a length. Kays and Jays ran seven furlongs in 1:22.52.

The Cascapedia was making her first start since finishing second in the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes at Calder in July. After that race, Kays and Jays was bothered by foot problems.

Trainer Mike Mitchell said Sunday's win could lead to a start in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes here in late December at the winter-spring meeting.

"Why not give her a break now?" he said.

The Cascapedia was Kays and Jays's second stakes win, preceded by the Richland Stakes at Lone Star Park in April. The Cascapedia was her first win on a synthetic track, which did not concern Mitchell as much as the layoff of nearly four months.

"I didn't think the synthetic track would bother her, but I was worried about the seven-eighths," Mitchell said.

Irish Gypsy was unlucky to lose. She was in traffic on the turn and closed well to just miss. Irish Gypsy finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of third-place Saucey Evening in the field of eight.

Kays and Jays has won 4 of 9 starts and $147,370 for Zayat Stables, which bought her for $120,000 at the 2008 Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training.