10/16/2006 12:00AM

Oak Tree: Illuminise takes Ramser


Illuminise won her first stakes in the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Handicap at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, and trainer Neil Drysdale does not expect it to be the filly’s last.

“This filly will get better,” Drysdale said.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Illuminise ($7.40) rallied from sixth. She finished a mile on turf in 1:34.62, outrunning pacesetter Diplomat Lady through the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length. Zoemeg, who was in traffic in the stretch, finished a neck back in third in the field of nine 3-year-old fillies.

Illuminise has won 2 of 8 starts and $73,410. She was winless in three stakes in Europe during the summer before finishing a fast-closing fifth in an allowance race on the hillside course here on Oct. 1.