03/27/2011 8:05PM

Oaklawn Park: Arienza makes it 2 for 2 with allowance win


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Arienza, the daughter of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, remained undefeated in two career starts Sunday when she won her two-turn debut in an allowance race at Oaklawn Park.

Arienza ($3) broke well and easily moved to the lead in the one-mile race, showing the way through fractions of 23.72 seconds for the opening quarter and 48.05 for the half-mile. She proceeded to cover the distance on a track rated sloppy in 1:38.05.

“She broke neatly, and I just tried to keep her nice and relaxed the whole way,” said Gabriel Saez, who rode Arienza for trainer Dan Peitz. “I never had to ask her at all. Maybe just a little turning for home, but I was just really confident. She acts like a nice filly.”

Peitz is looking at two-turn stakes options for the filly, among them the Grade 2 Fantasy or the Instant Racing, both of which are next month at Oaklawn. Arienza was scratched from the $75,000 Prima Donna at the track Saturday in favor of going two turns Sunday.

Arienza is a daughter of Giant’s Causeway and races for Robert and Lawana Low. She was an $800,000 yearling purchase at Keeneland. Arienza won her career debut on March 6 at Oaklawn.