10/01/2011 9:49PM

Santa Anita: Rosario completes Grade 1 triple aboard Dubawi Heights in Yellow Ribbon

Joel Rosario collects his third Grade 1 win of the day aboard Dubawi Heights in the Yellor Ribbon.

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Hockey season is just days away, but it was jockey Joel Rosario who got the hat trick on Saturday at Santa Anita, winning three Grade 1 races, capped off by favored Dubawi Heights in the Yellow Ribbon for female turf horses.

After winning with Creative Cause in the Norfolk and Zazu in the Lady’s Secret, both of whom scored mild upsets, Rosario never looked in danger with Dubawi Heights, who won for the fifth time in her last six starts.

Her only loss in that streak was a second-place finish in the Beverly D. to Stacelita, who won the Flower Bowl at Belmont on Saturday.

As part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In series, the Yellow Ribbon win guaranteed Dubawi Heights a berth in the BC Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs.

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Of the four Grade 1 races at Santa Anita on Saturday, Rosario only missed with Tres Borrachos in the Goodwood.

“I don’t think I’ve won three Grade 1’s in one day,” Rosario said.

Dubawi Heights ($6.40) sat comfortably in second during the early going of the 1 1/4-mile grass race behind her Simon Callaghan-trained stablemate, Turning Top. After surging to the lead at the top of the stretch, Dubawi Heights held off the fast-closing Cozi Rosie to win by three-quarters of a length. Harmonious was another length back in third, with Turning Top fourth.

“The race really went to plan,” Callaghan said. “There didn’t look to be too much speed in the race, and she’s the sort of filly that you can tactically put anywhere.”

Dubawi Heights completed 1 1/4 miles on firm turf in 2:00.52, including a final quarter-mile in 23.69 seconds, which followed a fourth quarter in 23 seconds and change.

“When she goes, she gives you everything she has,” Rosario said. “Every race, she’s gotten better and better. She’s improving. You used to have to ask her, but now she goes on her own. It makes it easier for me.”

Dubawi Heights, 4, bred in Britain, arrived on these shores on year ago winless in six starts. Under Callaghan’s guidance, she has gone from a maiden to a two-time Grade 1 winner in her last six starts.

She also won the Grade 1 Gamely at Hollywood Park this summer. She has now won 5 times in 14 starts.

Callaghan trains Dubawi Heights for a partnership that includes his father, Neville. He said Dubawi Heights would make her next start in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, where she will likely again face Stacelita.