10/01/2011 6:27PM

Santa Anita: Zazu takes Lady's Secret; Blind Luck last

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Zazu rallies from last under Joel Rosario to take the Lady's Secret.

ARCADIA, Calif.- Zazu rallied wide through the stretch to win the $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, beating a field that included Blind Luck, who raced at the back of the field throughout and finished last as the 6-5 favorite.

Blind Luck was sixth in the field of seven on the first turn and was last for the final five furlongs, a result that left trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Garrett Gomez stunned.

“I don’t have any answers,” Hollendorfer said as he walked away from the racetrack.

Gomez said he asked Blind Luck to pick up the pace on the backstretch but got no response.

 “I had nothing,” he said. “She never picked up the bridle. She went around there like she was breezing [six furlongs] in 1:13.”

The Lady’s Secret Stakes was the first time that Blind Luck, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2010, had finished worse than third in her 22-race career, which includes 12 wins and earnings of $3,279,520.

Zazu ($5.80) rallied from last to win by a half-length over Ultra Blend, finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.59. The victory gave owners Jerry and Ann Moss their fourth consecutive win in the Grade 1 Lady’s Secret. They won the 2008-2010 runnings with Zenyatta.

As a Win and You’re In event for the Breeders’ Cup, the Lady’s Secret was worth a berth in the BC Ladies’ Classic for Zazu.

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Zazu won the third stakes of her career in the Lady’s Secret and her second Grade 1, preceded that that level by the Las Virgenes Stakes here in February.

Ridden on Saturday by Joel Rosario, his second Grade 1 win in as many races, Zazu was sixth on the final turn, trailing then leader Champagne d’Oro by six lengths. With a wide move, Zazu was fourth with a furlong remaining, three lengths behind Champagne d’Oro.

Zazu caught the eye in the final furlong, holding off a determined Ultra Blend, who finished 1 1/2 lengths clear of 12-1 Great Hot.

Champagne d’Oro finished fourth, followed by Love Theway Youare, Ask the Moon, and Blind Luck.

Rosario, who won the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes on Creative Cause earlier Saturday, said Zazu had to be urged to get into the race. “You’ve got to ask her to move,” he said. “I was happy turning for home. I thought [Ultra Blend] would be the horse to beat, with Blind Luck coming from behind.”

A 3-year-old filly trained by John Sadler, Zazu has won 4 of 11 starts and $682,985. She was third in the Kentucky Oaks in May, won the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks in June, and was second by a neck to Ultra Blend in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 6.