12/16/2006 1:00AM

Sassy Love snaps losing streak


Sassy Love, winless in 12 starts since Dec. 8, 2005, suddenly ended her slump, battling for the lead early, turning back challenges entering the lane, and winning the $75,000 Geisha for Maryland-bred fillies and mares to set up some big payoffs.

Sassy Love covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:54.14 under Luis Garcia and paid $33.60. Trained by Casey Randall for owner Michael Harrison, she won her third race in 22 lifetime starts.

Sassy Love topped a trio of double-digit horses in win, place, and show. Best to You, 12-1 under Rosie Napravnik, rallied from second-last for second, beaten 3 3/4 lengths, and pace-stalker Katie's Love, 14-1 under Steve Hamilton, finished another head back in third. The exacta paid $469.20, the trifecta $4,147.40.

Promenade Girl, the 4-5 favorite, had a three-wide trip stalking the pace, was asked for more run by rider Jeremy Rose going around the turn, and came up empty, finishing fifth.

"She got a little tired on me," Rose said. "She was running comfortably and felt sound. I asked her to run and she didn't respond. She will be back next year."