01/19/2013 7:44PM

Santa Anita: A Jealous Woman back at full strength in Megahertz victory

Benoit & Associates
A Jealous Woman, ridden by Brice Blanc, holds off Byrony by a neck in the Megahertz.

ARCADIA, Calif. -  A Jealous Woman, who was out of training for a little more than a week last month because of a bruised foot, won her second stakes in her last three starts in Saturday’s $92,500 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita.

A Jealous Woman ($6.60) gave jockey Brice Blanc his first winner of the meeting with his 24th mount. The second choice in the betting in a field of seven fillies and mares, A Jealous Woman closed from third to take the lead on the turn. She fought off a stubborn threat through the stretch from 9-1 Byrony and 9-5 favorite In the Starts to win by a neck over Byrony in 1:33.09.

In the Stars held third, followed by Hard to Resist, Lady Ten, Plaza de Indias, and Vamo a Galupiar.

A Jealous Woman won the Swingtime Stakes here in October and was second in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes on Nov. 4. She was being prepared for a start in the Robert Frankel Stakes on Dec. 30 when she bruised a foot. A Jealous Woman resumed full training in January.

Owned by Three Cent Stable and trained by Francis Meza, A Jealous Woman, a 7-year-old California-bred mare by Muqtarib, has won 9 of 19 starts and $443,856.