Updated on 09/17/2011 10:31PM

Mea Domina triumphs in Gamely

Mea Domina, Tyler Baze up, scores a half-length win in Monday's Gamely at Hollywood.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Nerves have cost Mea Domina graded stakes wins in the past. Her physical ability led to a win in Monday's $441,500 at Hollywood Park.

Leading throughout, Mea Domina won the most important race of her 10-race career in the Grade 1 Gamely, holding off stablemate Solar Echo by a half-length. The one-two finish gave owner Janis Whitham and trainer Ron McAnally their biggest results of the year.

"It was very gratifying," McAnally said.

Mea Domina had finished fourth as the even-money favorite in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap on April 23, a loss that McAnally blamed on her "getting wound up" before the race. Even though assistant trainer Dan Landers had to saddle Mea Domina on Monday while she was being walked, the 4-year-old filly was better behaved.

"She did about what we thought she'd do," McAnally said. "We schooled her all week. She put it together."

Ridden by Tyler Baze, Mea Domina ($6.60) was sent to the front at the start. She led by a half-length over Miss Terrible through early fractions of 23.39 and 46.60 seconds. At the end of the backstretch, through six furlongs in 1:09.86, Mea Domina stretched her lead to 1 1-2 lengths.

Solar Echo, sixth in the field of nine early, rallied three-wide on the final turn. She threatened Mea Domina in the final furlong, but was beaten a half-length. Mea Domina was timed in a quick 1:46.47 for 1 1-8 miles on turf.

Solar Echo finished a length in front of Amorama, who was followed by Uraib, Miss Terrible, Halo Ola, Nadeszhda, Island Fashion and Flip Flop.

Mea Domina has won 5 of 10 starts and $472,676. Her only previous stakes win came in the Harold Ramser Handicap last October at Santa Anita.