03/10/2012 2:08PM

Santa Anita: Miss Becca keeps her shoes on, closes strong on turf

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Benoit & Associates
Miss Becca closes on the outside to beat Lindz Winz by a nose on Friday.

When she keeps her shoes on, Miss Becca can be tough to beat.

Miss Becca won for the second time in three starts in Friday’s seventh race at Santa Anita, closing from eighth in a field of nine to win by a nose in an optional claimer for California-bred fillies and mares on the hillside turf course.

The race was her first start since she was pulled up after losing a shoe against a similar field Feb. 10.

“She grabbed a quarter and pulled a shoe off,” trainer Peter Eurton said, recalling the February race. “We didn’t know what happened. Joel Rosario rode her, and he said she was slipping and sliding. He just jogged her to the wire.”

Owned by breeders Dennis Conner and Wade Jacobsen, Miss Becca has won 3 of 7 starts and $82,390. A 5-year-old California-bred mare, Miss Becca did not make her career debut until last September, winning her third start in a lowly $20,000 claimer for maidens here in October. She won a starter allowance over six furlongs on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track synthetic surface in December, her fifth start, and will race again on that surface this spring, Eurton said.

“I think she’s a better horse on synthetic at Hollywood Park,” he said.

Eurton’s leading horse in the last year has been Weemissfrankie, winner of two Grade 1 races last year – the Del Mar Debutante and Oak Leaf Stakes. Third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs last November, Weemissfrankie was diagnosed with a non-displaced condylar fracture after a fourth-place finish in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes in December.

Monday is the three-month anniversary of Weemissfrankie’s surgery and a reason for another set of X-rays to be taken, Eurton said.

“I want to know how it looks,” he said. “It will be three months. She walks twice a day for 30 minutes. We’re thinking about tack-walking her next month, which is one reason why I want to take a picture.”