10/30/2006 1:00AM

Oak Tree: Beautyandthebeast rallies in Las Palmas


Beautyandthebeast continued her outstanding fall campaign with a hard-fought win in Sunday's $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

Beautyandthebeast ($6) closed from sixth in the final half-mile to win by a head over Clinet. Quemar, a 23-1 shot, finished third in the field of eight fillies and mares.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani for trainer Neil Drysdale, Beautyandthebeast finished a mile on turf in 1:33.33. Beautyandthebeast was more than eight lengths behind pacesetter Sandra's Rose on the backstretch before moving into contention on the turn.

The Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap was Beautyandthebeast's second stakes win of the meeting, following a victory in the restricted Swingtime Stakes on Oct. 4. Beautyandthebeast has won 6 of 14 starts and $275,184 for Abergwaun Farm.

Clinet, 4, was making her first start since February, overcoming a leg injury suffered on a horse walker in England in the spring.

The first two finishers are candidates for the $500,000 Matriarch Stakes over a mile on turf at Hollywood Park on Nov. 26.

Earlier in the card, Moth Ball ($69.80) rallied along the rail in the stretch to pull an upset in the $100,000 Morvich Handicap on the hillside turf course.

Ridden by Michael Baze for trainer James Cassidy, Moth Ball was always near the front, and did not take the lead until the final sixteenth, winning by a neck over Apalachee Tiger. Moth Ball finished about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:11.61.

A winner of 4 of 22 starts and $166,490, Moth Ball ended a 13-race losing streak in the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap.