03/19/2011 6:48PM

La Nez rallies to win Irish O'Brien

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La Nez, Martin Pedroza up, wins the Irish O'Brien.

ARCADIA, Calif - La Nez won her fourth career stakes, all $100,000 races for statebred females, in Saturday's Irish O'Brien Stakes at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Martin Pedroza, La Nez rallied from fifth in a field of eight to win the hillside turf race by three-quarters of a length over Saanneen, the 2-1 favorite. Logical Single, who set the pace and led until the field reached the main oval of the turf course, finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner.

La Nez ($10.40) ran about 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:13.70. Pedroza rated La Nez three lengths behind Logical Single on the hillside portion of the course, and reached contention in the final furlong with a wide rally.

"Just before I got to the top of the lane, I put her into gear and she started running," Pedroza said. "She had one hell of a kick when I asked her to go. She just took off."

Owned by Class Racing Stable and trained by Eric Kruljac, La Nez has won 5 of 16 starts and $393,000. She won the 2009 California Cup Juvenile Fillies here, the Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar last summer and the California Cup Distaff at Hollywood Park last fall.

Saturday's win ended a two-race losing streak from earlier at this meeting for La Nez, a 4-year-old by Storm Creek.