07/07/2007 12:00AM

Lady of Venice flies home in CashCall


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A small opening helped Lady of Venice make a big impression in Friday’s $1 million CashCall Mile at Hollywood Park.

Stuck behind rivals briefly on the final turn, Lady of Venice was guided through a gap by jockey Julien Leparoux and responded with a tremendous rally to win the Grade 2 race on turf for fillies and mares.

Lady of Venice ($12.20) closed 4 1/2 lengths in the final quarter-mile, finishing 1 1/4 lengths in front of Precious Kitten. Price Tag, the 4-5 favorite, led in the stretch but faded in the final 100 yards to finish third, a head behind Precious Kitten. Kiss to Heaven finished fourth, the best finish of the three Japan-based runners.

Lady of Venice was timed in 1:33.56.

The CashCall Mile was the richest career win for Leparoux, the champion apprentice jockey of 2006. Aside from the moment of suspense on the final turn, Leparoux said he had a good trip.

"They were going a good pace, I was behind and I got her to relax," he said. "On the second turn, I was behind a horse with nowhere to go. At the quarter pole, I found a little spot and got her to the outside. When I asked her, she gave a great kick and finished strongly."

Owned by Martin Schwartz and trained by Patrick Biancone, Lady of Venice won her third consecutive race and the fourth stakes of her career in the CashCall Mile.

The CashCall Mile is by far the most prestigious win of Lady of Venice's 10-race career, which includes seven wins and earnings of $964,521.

Somethinaboutlaura repeats in A Gleam

Somethinaboutlaura successfully defended her title in the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap, but may have been fortunate to hold off third-place finisher Theverythoughtof U, who had a troubled trip.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Somethinaboutlaura ($12.20) had an ideal trip, stalking the pace for the first half-mile before reaching contention. Somethinaboutlaura drew alongside 51-1 Strong Faith in the final furlong and won by three-quarters of a length, finishing seven furlongs in 1:21.93.

"We wanted to be a bit off the pace," said winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. "We thought horses that were on the lead were getting caught in the final strides."

Strong Faith held second, finishing 1 1/4 lengths in front of Theverythoughtof U, who was stuck behind horses briefly in the field of 10 fillies and mares.

Somethinaboutlaura has won 15 of 27 starts and $913,315 for a partnership. A 5-year-old California-bred mare, Somethinaboutlaura has won four consecutive stakes since late April, although the Grade 2 A Gleam was the only graded race in that sequence.

Passified shows she can rate

Passified displayed a new style in winning the $107,500 Flawlessly Stakes, closing from just off the pace instead of racing on the lead.

The winning tactics gave trainer Jim Cassidy confidence that the British-bred filly can have a more successful career in the United States. Passified's victory ended a three-race stakes losing streak dating back to a win in the China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita in March. She will try for her third stakes win in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap over a mile on turf at Del Mar on July 28.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Passified ($3.80) ran a mile on turf in 1:35.71 in the Flawlessly, outfinishing a game pacesetter in Diva's Seastar. Spenditallbaby finished third in the field of six 3-year-old fillies.

The stewards conducted an inquiry into a bumping incident between Passified and Spenditallbaby entering the stretch, but did not change the order of finish after a four-minute review.

Passified is owned by Forging Oaks Farm and has won 4 of 10 starts and $233,070.