04/07/2013 4:36PM

Santa Anita: I Dazzle tops 1-2-3 sweep for Sadler in American Beauty

Benoit & Associates
The 5-year-old I Dazzle, making her first start for trainer John Sadler, wins the American Beauty under Rafael Bejarano.

ARCADIA, Calif. - I Dazzle won her first stakes, and gave trainer John Sadler a sweep of the first three positions, in Sunday’s $76,500 American Beauty Stakes for fillies and mares on turf at Santa Anita.

I Dazzle ($11.40) ran a mile in 1:33.42, outrunning the English import Moone’s My Name by a neck. Byrony was third.

In the Stars, the 1-2 favorite, was well-placed until early stretch but faded in the final furlong to finish five lengths behind I Dazzle. Little Emily finished last in the field of five.

I Dazzle, a 5-year-old mare by Hold That Tiger, made her first start for Sadler in the American Beauty. Previously trained by Jack Van Berg, I Dazzle was transferred to Sadler by owners Katie Jones and Peter Peluso after a win in an allowance race here on Feb. 23.

In the American Beauty, I Dazzle was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who has 11 stakes win as the leading rider at the meeting.

Sadler said that I Dazzle will be pointed for turf stakes for fillies and mares at the Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting. The first stakes on that schedule is the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap over a mile on turf on April 28.

The trainer said he was optimistic about the long-term prospects of Moone’s My Name, who closed well through the final furlong in her first start since November. In England, Moone’s My Name won 6 of 17 starts, with her three most recent wins occurring in minor handicaps in 2012.