05/18/2012 5:43PM

Pimlico: Sensible Lady rebounds with victory in The Very One

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Barbara D. Livingston
Sensible Lady, with Xavier Perez riding, cruises home in The Very One.

BALTIMORE - Off her last race, Sensible Lady didn't make sense to a lot of bettors in the $100,000 The Very One Stakes at Pimlico.

But given her performance two starts back in a second-level allowance race here, the switch to turf made perfect sense to Sensible Lad's trainer, Tim Salzman.

"She ran a huge race here about a month ago," Salzman said. "She ran a very fast time with her neck bowed."

Friday, under Xavier Perez, Sensible Lady ran another huge race, chasing the pacesetting favorite Inspired before taking over from that one in midstretch and cruising to a two-length victory. Jazzy Idea, second to Sensible Lady in an April 1 allowance race, finished second, three lengths in front of Inspired.

"We were delighted to run in the race," Salzman said. "We had a shot, but they didn't give us any credit on the board."

Sensible Lady, a 3-year-old daughter of Street Sense owned by Three Lyons Racing, was coming off a 19-length loss in a dirt stakes at Parx, which may explain why she returned $51.60 to win on Friday. She ran five furlongs in 56.13 seconds over a firm Pimlico turf course.

"We got away well and got into a good spot and waited to see what happened with the leaders," said Perez, who won his first Maryland stakes race. "We saved ground and when a hole opened up, I went for it. We moved a little early and she gave 100 percent."