10/06/2013 8:03PM

Santa Anita: Clenor makes it three straight in Surfer Girl

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Under Rafael Bejarano, Clenor was able to show improved positional speed in her Surfer Girl score on Sunday.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Clenor extended her winning streak to three races in Sunday’s $101,250 Surfer Girl Stakes on turf at Santa Anita, showing a slight change in her running style that could be a benefit for her next start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

Instead of closing from the back of the field, Clenor was in the middle of the 10-filly field in the Surfer Girl for the first half-mile. Clenor ($3.40) rallied from sixth under Rafael Bejarano, about five lengths off the pace, before taking the lead in the final furlong.

Clenor won by three-quarters of a length over 10-1 Nesso, finishing a mile in 1:34.38.

“She showed a new dimension,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “Bejarano thought the pace was holding on the grass and he didn’t want to give her too much to do.

“It was professional.”

Nesso, fifth early, finished three-quarters of a length in front of 12-1 Colonel Joan, who was followed by Miss Lafayette, Miss Machiavelli, Pleasant Miss, Tiz the Key, South Sound, Come On Alannah, and Feature Attraction.

South Sound, trained by O’Neill, set early fractions of 22.38 and 46.31 seconds before fading from contention.

Clenor, an Irish-bred 2-year-old by Oratorio, races for Great Friends Stable, Bob Cseplo and Steven Keh. Acquired for $250,000 during the summer, Clenor is unbeaten in three starts in the United States. She won twice at Del Mar in one-mile turf races – a maiden race on Aug. 7 and the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf on Sept. 2. In Ireland, Clenor was third in the Group 3 Balanchine Stakes on June 30, her final start in that country.

Clenor has won 3 of 6 starts and $172,799. The BC Juvenile Fillies Turf is run over a mile, but O’Neill knows the shippers from Europe and other racing circuits in the United States will provide a stern test for Clenor.

“The waters will get deeper,” O’Neill said.

dublins pride More than 1 year ago
Lost in the hoopla? Clenor has put away Nesso the last two races...granted my one way exacta paid well! Loved the fact she was covered up a little and moved out well and won...nice gallup out!
mark oleary More than 1 year ago
Super nice win by Clenor, clearly a classy lady. But lost in the hooplah is the second straight gutsy performance by second place finisher Nesso, who had run 2nd last out to Clenor. Because of her juicy odds in those two races, Nesso has allowed me 2 trips to the pay window, cashing 2 nice exactas. I love both these fillies, but like Doug O'neill said, "the waters get deeper " for the Breeders Cup and the Europeans.
David Morant More than 1 year ago
Clenor is up for auction in a month. Guess she won't be a West Coaster any more. Bummer I would have liked to have seen more of her career in person.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Quite a few fillies will be up for auction right after BC. We'll get to her once more in the BC then...who knows?
Sharla Rae Sanders More than 1 year ago
Clenor is NOT for sale, and furthermore when you have no affiliation with the barn, the owner or trainer, you should NOT make any comments about the horse.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Prior to this race I thought Clenor was the best of the US based 2yr old turf fillies. The gap closed quite a bit today. Nesso ran huge and I think their may be a couple of eastern based fillies that are better than Nesso. Maybe the tighter turf at SA played a role?
RIP Grammar More than 1 year ago
Yay for Miss Piggy! You go girl!