ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Kathleen Rose won the $58,000 Jupiter Purse for California-bred fillies and mares by a half-length at Santa Anita on Friday.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Kathleen Rose ran one mile on the turf in 1:34.69 and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 1-2 favorite.
Mangita returned $6 and $4. Warren’s Rosebud was another 114 lengths back in third and paid $2.80 to show.
Kathleen Rose bobbled a bit as the gates opened. She laid second behind Mangita down the backside, drew even leaving the quarter pole and then pair battled to the wire.
“Going into the first turn a horse crossed in front of me and I almost clipped heels,” Bejarano said. “After the (clubhouse) turn, when I was finally clear, I stayed outside and just let her relax. At the top of the stretch, I let her kick, but it felt like she definitely was tired at the end.”
The victory, worth $34,800, increased Kathleen Rose’s career earnings to $88,550, with two wins in five career starts.