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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Schiaparelli wins Santa Anita feature

Associated Press

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Schiaparelli won the $60,000 San Mateo Purse by 3½ lengths at Santa Anita on Thursday, wearing blinkers and earmuffs to calm her down.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Schiaparelli ran 6½ furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:11.70 and paid $10.60, $4.40 and $3.

"She was a lot more relaxed," Talamo said. "She's got a great turn of foot and she ran huge."

Best Present Ever returned $4 and $2.60, while Ireland-bred filly Esentepe was another half-length back in third in her U.S. debut and paid $2.80 to show.

The victory, worth $36,000, increased Schiaparelli's career earnings to $120,864, with three wins in six starts.