02/05/2012 11:36AM

Sam Houston: Pleasantly Blessed rallies to take Jersey Lilly

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Pleasantly Blessed, under Roman Chapa, collects her third career stakes win in the Jersey Lilly.

Pleasantly Blessed picked up the third stakes win of her career Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park, when she rallied for a one-length win over Artemus Kitten in the $50,000 Jersey Lilly. It was another neck back in third to Always in My Heart.

The Jersey Lilly was a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Pleasantly Blessed ($5.80) raced in eighth early as Badness took the field through an opening quarter in 24.09 seconds, a half-mile in 48.80, and six furlongs in 1:13.34. Pleasantly Blessed picked off rivals while going on to cover the distance on a course rated firm in 1:44.01.

“I had a pretty good trip,” said winning rider Roman Chapa. “She did everything she was asked and I was just the pilot.”

Pleasantly Blessed, who races for her trainer, Steve Asmussen, has now won 11 of 30 starts and $409,586.