04/10/2004 11:00PM

Ticker Tape rallies to win Providencia


ARCADIA, Calif. - Consecutive stakes wins by Ticker Tape this spring has left trainer Jim Cassidy unsure of the filly's ability.

"She scares me," Cassidy said.

Sunday, Ticker Tape won her biggest race in the $113,700 at Santa Anita. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Ticker Tape ($11.40) ran a mile on turf in 1:34.55, winning by 2 1/2 lengths over Amorama.

An early move toward the front was key to victory. Ticker Tape was sixth early, moved closer to the leaders on the final turn and rallied wide to take the lead in early stretch. By moving early, Desormeaux kept Ticker Tape in front of the trouble in early stretch that cost several contenders.

Amorama rallied from last to finish second, a length in front of Winendyneme. Amorama was last with a quarter-mile remaining and rallied wide.

Gracefully finished a troubled fourth, while Mambo Slew, the 2-1 favorite, was essentially eliminated in early stretch because of traffic. She finished 10th in the field of 12 3-year-old fillies.

Cassidy trains Ticker Tape for Jim Ford, Deron Pearson and Jack Sweesy. Purchased in England last fall, Ticker Tape has not been worse than second in four starts in the U.S., all stakes.

Ticker Tape will be pointed for the turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park. "I don't know how far she'll go, but we'll try," he said.