03/13/2012 3:15PM

Santa Anita: Maldonado collects first graded stakes win aboard Izzy Rules

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Jockey Edwin Maldonado, 29, registers his first graded stakes win aboard Izzy Rules in last Sunday's Las Flores.

The front-running victory by Izzy Rules in the Las Flores Stakes on Sunday gave jockey Edwin Maldonado his first win in a graded stakes race. It was also his first stakes win at Santa Anita.

Maldonado, 29, a native of Puerto Rico, also rode in Winnipeg, Texas, and Louisiana before arriving on this circuit 1 1/2 years ago.

“It feels great. This is a dream come true,” he said. “I was hoping to win a stakes race here at Santa Anita, and I finally did.”

Izzy Rules, who was risked by trainer Jeff Bonde for a $20,000 claiming price in December, has won four straight races, all with Maldonado. She is the only three-time winner at the meet.

Ashland possible for Lady of Shamrock

Lady of Shamrock, who won the China Doll Stakes on turf on Saturday for her second stakes win of the meet, could get an opportunity on Polytrack in next month’s Grade 1 Ashland Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland, according to Larry Benavidez, the assistant to trainer John Sadler.

“It looks like turf is her future, but we could try her on the synthetic at Keeneland,” said Benavidez, who was overseeing the stable while Sadler looked for future prospects at the 2-year-old sale in Ocala, Fla.

Lady of Shamrock never has raced on a synthetic surface. She is 3 for 5 on turf. In her lone dirt race, she was third in the Santa Ysabel Stakes.

“Her one dirt race wasn’t that bad,” Benavidez said. “Speed was holding up that day, so maybe it wasn’t a true gauge.”