04/04/2013 4:22PM

Sunland Park: African Rose out to be meet leader in Czaria

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African Rose, who won the Harry W. Henson Handicap in March, will try to win her fourth race of the meet.

African Rose can become Sunland Park's winningest horse of the meet Saturday if she picks off her fourth race of the local season in the $50,000 Czaria. To do so, she will have to defeat Santa Anita invader Scary Ride and recent Turf Paradise stakes winner Jaws n' Paws in the six-furlong race for fillies and mares that also drew Pyrite On My Mind.

African Rose is locked in a four-way tie atop Sunland's standings for winningest horse with three victories at the meet. Her latest came March 24, when she shuttled to a two-length win over Pyrite On My Mind in the $75,000 Harry Henson. Before that race, African Rose won a pair of local allowances, one in January and the other on March 3.

For the Czaria, African Rose will be cutting back from a mile, and she could get an ideal tracking trip behind Scary Ride, who wired her rivals in a $40,000 starter allowance at Santa Anita in February, and Jaws n' Paws, who was prominent throughout when winning the $35,000 Mesa at Turf Paradise on March 9.

Miguel Hernandez has the mount on African Rose for Justin Evans, the leading trainer at Sunland. The horse will break from post 3 for Judge Lanier Racing.

Scary Ride will be making her stakes debut Saturday. She has won 2 of 5 starts, her other score coming in a $20,000 maiden claiming sprint at Betfair Hollywood Park in her debut last November. Isaias Enriquez has the mount for owner-trainer Karl Pergola.
Jaws n' Paws, a winner of seven of her last eight starts, will break from post 6. Ry Eikleberry has the mount for Stateside Racing and trainer Robertino Diodoro.